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Las Vegas turns attention to performers..

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by kevstf, Sep 2, 2014.

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  1. kevstf

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    Is there any chance the powers that be could include the time share hustlers in this conversation? I find them much more annoying than the performance hustlers.....
     
  3. RockyBalboa

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    There are some genuinely good street performers. The problem is, like the article mentions, is every Tom, Dick & Harry decided to go try and do it. Many of them have shitty costumes, lousy attitudes and their effort level is poor.

    It adds to the Vegas aura, yes...but its over-saturated now.

    Completely agree on the Timeshare losers. During my one of my GF and I early trips we weren't familiar with the concept. We were walking to MAG one morning for breakfast from NYNY and a guy stopped us by that Harley Cafe. I was polite in engaging his conversation but said no several times but he kept upping the offer (can't recall exactly how much cash he offered now) but he, for effect, took his wallet out and opened it and was showing me his money. After I rebuked his "best offer" he became a tad bit heated and started talking shit...so on our way back after eating I asked him sarcastically how many people he scammed and he gave me the finger. I laughed.
     
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    Rocky, Yes! They get snarky fast... I am always curious how much they pay the casinos for the right to do that. Harrah's is by far the worst IMHO, but they are all over alot of different properties.

    I'll admit a dirty secret, when they approach me and the SO I yell "Timeshare! Timeshare! Get your timeshare heeere!" In a carnival barker voice. Needless to say, she is not a fan but its a guilty pleasure :p and i know its mean. I'm a nice guy I swear!
     
  5. avp123

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    Yeah, the time share people bug the hell out of me. I always tell them I am leaving the next day. Lol
     
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    I must admit my trip last week was the first time pan handlers got me mad. Porn slappers dont bother me, dont mind the performers, I actually like them. If you dont talk to them they wont talk to you. Never been attacked by timeshare. But this trip the pan handlers were out full blast. It was either money or a drunk homeless asking for a cig. I dont mind the guys in a wheel chair with a cup, they are not bothering anyone. Its the ones that actively seek you.
    I always feel bad and give a few bucks. I took a girl to walgreens because she wanted a sandwich.

    There were so many this trip though! LOL I feel bad but a young guy maybe in his 20's did the "excuse me sir", and I instantly said "no, im sorry". I had a women that asked for the bottle of water I had just drank from and purchased. When I begun to hesitate she threw a hissy fit and said to her husband/boyfriend "I just want a water!". She was very happy after I gave her the bottle :/

    I dont see how the street guys are bothering anyone. The pan handlers really made me uncomfortable this trip, maybe because of the holiday but there were tons. I got hit left and right and Im never on the Fremont besides walking to my destination or the busstop.

    I dont even mind the fellows who decide to sleep in the middle of a pathway. Let them sleep :) But get ride of the pan hanlders!
     
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    Ever see those guys in the white official looking uniforms collecting donations for the homeless? One of them was standing on the sidewalk along the Casino Royale-Venetian corridor and he shook his can of donations at me and asked for one. I said no. He started goading me and then started talking shit about how Philly sucked (I had my Phillies jersey on).
     
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    Some news station did a report on them and found them to be scammers. Alot of the guys were homeless and the company would offer them a place to live....there would be like 20 to a house. The lady that ran the company kept most of the money. Maybe someone still has the link?
     
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    That doesn't surprise me...but I hope they charged that lady for being a thief.
     
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    This was my first trip downtown since the "street preformers" were in abundance. I thought I would really hate them but they honestly didn't bother me and I hesitate to say.....added.....to the Freemont experience. Added may not be the correct word but they certainly give it character. I think there needs to be some clear rules or a way for tourists to fully understand what these people are doing out there. I saw a couple of people quickly get their picture taken and were subsquently hounded for tips and at least appeared to be caught off gaurd. I saw a Japenese man that didn't speak very good english getting worked over. He went back and forth in broken english and finally gave the "showgirls" $1. I couldn't hear the whole conversation but it sounded like they were asking for $3.

    To me, at first glance, i'd think these people were employed by Freemont or at least in some way associated with it. If I didn't follow Las Vegas news or blogs I don't think I would have realized intially that these people were working for tips. Maybe i'm naive?

    I wouldn't mind seeing some of the "performers" thinned out. Some of the costumes were pretty bad and there are an abundance of "naked" people that all have the same shtick. The homeless were out in full force. No one was aggressive and I don't think I was ever asked for money but there were several lining freemont. I assume some kind of permit would force the homeless off of the main Freemont drag as it would some of the most lazy performers.
     
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    I'm just wondering how the cold will thin the people out. Can't imagine anyone but the hardcore people would be out there at night when it's 40. And, yeah, I don't see many sticking around if they have to get a permit. Heck, where would they keep it? ;-)
     
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    They were out in full force in the middle of November last year. I really didn't notice too many more when I was there this past July. They don't bother me, I kind of get a chuckle out of some of them.
     
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    When I saw the show girls I thought they were employed by FSE or a casino.
     
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    Some of them in full costume would probably welcome the 40 degree temps. I was curious how some of them were lasting so long in the full body over sized suits they were wearing.
     
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    I thought there were supposed to be signs put up somewhere to help inform people but I didn't notice them anywhere.
     
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    I have never been approached by a porn slapper or time share pain in the a__ downtown. What I noticed my last trip was the HUGH amount of performers and panhandlers. When I see the wheel chair guys and gals dancing in front of the Las Vegas club I have to wonder why we are so gullible to give handouts to them. The ? military vets I feel sorry for and hope they find comfort and peace..
     
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    The first time I saw a couple of showgirls out there when this all started, I assumed they were really from a show and were out marketing for it! After looking at them for a few seconds, I noticed the extensive tattoos many of them had, visible through their stockings, I started to think to myself; I thought the shows forbade any visible tattoos so as not to distract/degrade from the performance....then it clicked that these girls were fakes, out for a photo op/tourist grift like the 'Super Heros' on Hollywood Blvd! Of course the Super Hero costumes started showing up on Fremont shortly after my observation..
     
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    I don't mind the performers and characters. Actually, last time I was there, I went to a bunch of them, and tipped them a few bucks to let me film them while they insulted a friend of mine who was supposed to come on the trip but backed out at the last minute. By the end of the trip, his facebook page was blown up with videos of him being called a fat slob by Gene Simmons, a Transformer, a couple showgirls, a ventriloquist's dummy and pretty much everyone else I came across.

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    And this is funny?

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    And this is funny?
     
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    Yes.

    Both times.



    TFK
     
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