Street Hustlers / Cabbie Kickbacks, Las Vegas
Beware of not only street vendors but also vendors inside reputable stores such as CVS Pharmacy. These vendors just rent the space from the store and are not affiliated with them. One guy in CVS inparticular was a hardsell merchant and tried every trick in the book to get us to book something with them. He was there to approach customers and shepherd them towards a waiting desk where someone else would no doubt give you another hardsell pitch. The prospect of a kickback was enough for him to relentlessly follow us around the store gently pressurising us with promises of "fantastic deals" and even when we left through the exit furthest away from him he did not, or want to get the message and was waiting for us at the next store exit we had to pass by on the street outside.
Regards tickets to free shows, meals etc I learnt my lesson in Florida. In Vegas it works slightly different but as in Florida the requirement for getting something for free is you must suffer a "short" Time Share presentation of which you are told "you are under no obligation." The street vendor will get a kickback for every potential customer he/she gets to attend the 90 minute presentation and will have forgotten you the minute you walk away or agree to sign. Your whole time spent on the Time Share premises will far exceed the 90 minute presentation and cost you valuable vacation time in the long run. Two ways to politely tell them to stick it ,1 "We are leaving town early tomorrow morning." or 2, "We do not both live at the same address." The latter we found out by accident when a street vendor tried to get us to go on a Time Share presentation and found out we genuinely had no I.D. for us both living at the same address and wouldn't be able to book us on one because of this.
You will no doubt hear this cry whilst using one of the many skywalks on the strip around the NYNY/MGM area "Water! Water! One dollar! One dollar water!" Complete rip off as the bottle is only a small multipack bottle.
As for clicky card people you don't have to be Einstein to know that the airbrushed girl tantilsingly displayed will NOT be the one to arrive at your room should you be foolish enough to call the number on the card. My advice here is if your sap has sufficently risen take the card to your hotel room for some private you time and save yourself a lot of time and hassle not to mention trouser frustration.
All that said Las Vegas is a lovely city but like any other city you need to have your wits about you when visiting. We used public transport on arriving so didn't hail a cab. (In hindsight not the best option as you then arrive with all your worldly possesions on you and have clearly just arrived.)
I personally wouldn't take children to Las Vegas around the strip area as it is not geared towards them even if you feel your offspring is sensible enough to ignore the temptation/pitfalls of gambling, alcohol and insinuated sex they will quickly become bored with what little is on offer to children.
When we were sitting drinking coffee on the boulevard we were approached a few times by people who claimed they were stranded and needed to get home, i just need $17 to get home etc. One claimed he was not a bum he had a home but needed fuses for his very large camper van to get home. He rattled his keys and said $10 should see him right.
Everyone fall prey to the charms of Las Vegas, just don't fall for the street hawker. Most of these are interested in selling you a time share for only 90 minutes of your time (watching a small presentation). For your reward they are offering vouchers for restaurants, money and coupons for gambling or free tickets to a show in Las Vegas. You may want to do this but if you are like most visitors, and only there for a few days, you will want to see and do as much as you can and will not have time to be hassled after the "90 Minute Presentation."
Unique Suggestions: They are not hard sell and can be very polite. Tell them, "Sorry we are leaving town early in the morning."
They also know this is code for, I am not interested, but at least it allows the both of you to 'save face'.
If your with kids keep them away from the people flicking cards, i was walking down the strip holding my little brothers hand still being given these cards, they also littered everywhere so be careful.
Unique Suggestions: Just ignore them and walk right past them. Or shout at them or whatever haha.
first we cab drivers are not all evil people yes there are some bad cabbies but for the most part we arew just trying to make a living. your job as a ride is to know where you are going and know if your getting screwed. fyi the freeway is not always faster even if the driver says it is. from the airport to most hotels on the strip should only cost you about 20 bucks unless the driver long hauls you thru the tunnel. please do not put people like me in to your hate group as i love people and driving my cab. if you have any cabbie questions email me. Also if you wanna go to a strip club you have many choices on how to get there a cab being one way and yes my favorite cause we do get a kickback. Don't let the driver talk you out of your choice of clubs. And if the doorman trys to get you in a limo or something after you wanted a cab they are breaking the law and yes they get kickbacks too. So do limo drivers.
When looking for passes to nightclubs street promoters are the way to go as most clubs are $35 to get in and theres are 10-20 a pass. All you have to do is look for the ones that are dressed more respectable or that have some sort of id badge on as these are the ones who are actually employed by the clubs. The others you can tell as they are wearing clothes that they have had on for multiple days and are pushing stolen cards usually out of boxes. The passes are legit when coming from real promoters and do get you into the clubs alot quicker. One way to tell besides dress and badges is that bogus promoters can not stand on casino property nor can the mexicans handing out escort cards. so if there promoting by the escort people that is public property meaning they have no affiliation with the clubs or casinos
Last year, my husband and I were trapped by these people. They will actually tell you "Would you like to watch Miss so and so Show for free? We said yes and this person told us to go to this building. From there, a person led us to a table where he was selling Time Share. From there, they took us on a bus to get the "Free Ticket" in a place where it is about an hour away downtown. From there, we were trapped. We can't get out because we didn't have any mode of transportation going back to the strip. We waited there for three hours until finally they gave us our Free Ticket to watch Sheena Easton! Please don't get trap on this deal! You are just wasting you whole day from people marketing Time Shares!!!
Unique Suggestions: Just say "NO!" right away to people saying "Would you like to see Sheena Easton's Show for Free?" or "Would you like for you and your children eat for free at the....so and so...? Just stay away from these people!!!! They just waste your time.
At night all along the strip vendors try to sell you these "discount or VIP passes" for the clubs and bars. Some of them are real and some aren't! So be careful! Talk to a few different vendors about the same club or bar you are interested in to see what deals each of them offer. We talked to one dealer that said one particular bar was not free for ladies that night. Another one said they had a pass for free entry. We baught the pass ( for 10 dollars!!) and tried to use it, but it was not valid.
Jump in a cab in Las Vegas and the first thing they say to you is, that they know the best strip club in town or they have VIP passes to a club and will sell them to you for half price !!!! Don't go for either one !!! there both a scam.....they get keepbacks for taking customers to strip clubs and the so called VIP passes to clubs are given to them for free by the club and no matter what you say to the bouncer you'll end up making the line just like everyone else and paying the full cover price like everyone else !!!!! which of course the cab driver tells you that you skip the line and don't have to pay at the door......go ahead try it....and see how the bouncer laughs in your face !!!!!!
Watch out; on two trips to LV, when returning to the airport, and tendering a $20 dollar bill for a less than $10 fare, the cab driver had just driven off, without proffering change, leaving us feeling stunned and cheated. Its only a small thing I know, but does colour one's view of the place.
Unique Suggestions: tender exact fare (plus tip of your choice), for cab fares
If you are visiting for the first time and hail a cab from the airport, make sure you know EXACTLY where your hotel is located and how far it is from the airport. As well, don't tell the cabdriver that you are a newbie, or you may end up paying more than you bargained for.
Out of the 6 times I have been there,twice I have travelled from the airport and just asked a taxi driver to take me to my destination.I was taken for a ride...literally. Both times the cab driver took the long route and engaged my friend and I in conversation so we would not notice. The first time our hotel was located right behind the airport, and we were driven across the city and then right back to where we started from. SHE was very good at it, because we didn't even notice until the next day when we looked at the airport from our room...good by $20 American Dollars...plus a tip for the pleasantry...think I would have learned the second time...
Unique Suggestions: Get a map before you leave so you are aquainted with how far the hotel is.
Fun Alternatives: Get a package that has airport transfers.
Everywhere you go on the strip there are baseball cards of nude women who are available to be called to your room to "strip" for a fee. They hand these out to anyone who will take one (even kids) on the street and they line the bridges and fences with them.
Unique Suggestions: Try to keep your children away from the people handing out the cards and brochures out.
Fun Alternatives: No alternative.
Don't ask a taxi driver to take you to a stripclub; you'll get screwed big time! Talk to a bartender or concierge and have a destination in mind before you jump into a cab. Don't be embarassed; this is Vegas!!
Basically realize that anything that sounds 'Too Good to Be True' - IS! You will get offered various scams by various people during your stay, and hawkers on the street will constantly try to stop you or put flyers into your hands. If you are egotistical enough to think you are somehow 'special' to them, and will win whatever they are offering, you will get taken. Realize you are the 400,000th tourist they have spoken to that day, one of many there who they will try to con in Vegas. No need to spend it on really wasteful rubbish like street scam artists who will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.
Unique Suggestions: Can't be made bearable.
Fun Alternatives: Walk past them or pretend you don't speak English.
Nudity exposure! That's right. If you travel to Vegas with children, watch out for people on the street handing out cards with naked women on them!
Unique Suggestions: Try not to bring the kids to this city. While it can be a great entertainment for some, it can be a disappointing experience for children. There are numerous strip joints and bars in Vegas where people are exposed to nudity. I think there are also bordellos in Vegas. These places are trying to advertise them selves with cards. These cards have the name of the place, phone number and a color picture of a naked or half naked woman.
Fun Alternatives: Do not bring children to Vegas. Not only the nudity but as soon as you walk into a hotel or a gas station, or any other public place, you have to watch out for slots and other gambling devices. Children are not allowed near these machines.