LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A dispute between the city of Los Angeles and a company that handles ads for local bus stop benches could put riders back on their feet.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports the end of a contract with Norman Bench Advertising may affect as many as 6,000 bus benches across the city.

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Officials with the Board of Public Works ended the deal after concluding that they were unable to get an accurate account of the number of benches with ads — or monies owed to the city.

Shortly after that, Norman Bench Advertising started pulling the plastic benches.

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Riders like Fredrick Chaves were less than pleased to hear of the development.

“Ouch,” he said. “90 degrees outside, you could be tired, you could be walking a long distance…it’s very inconvenient.”

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But Chaves and other riders may not be left standing for too long: if the city can agree to a new contract with rival firm Martin Outdoor next week, temporary benches could soon replace those that have been removed.