I know these threads have come up before, and I've always been a defender of the notion that it's "not that bad" downtown. I may have to change my mind after this latest trip. It's not just that there are some people along Fremont looking for a hand-out; that's just as bad on the Strip. But on this trip I had two incidents -- including one inside a casino -- where they would not take no for an answer. In the worst case, a guy inside the Fremont was hitting up everyone who made a purchase at the Dunkin' Doughnuts. He started cussing at me when I declined his offer to give him the change in my hand from my purchase. I made a complaint with security, and they walked him out, where he promptly planted himself just outside the casino and got in the face of everyone who walked by. It took me all of about 30 seconds to spot 4 or 5 of his "colleagues" working the same area. So either this isn't a priority for the "security" people roaming around, or they don't know what do with them, or they just don't care. But it left me with a very unfavorable impression of downtown this trip.