Jan 17th 2010 12:46PM My father and I had to move, not too long ago. To prevent any shenanigans, he had my cousins and uncles come by to supervise the move. We also cleaned and oiled every gun and rifle we could find, in front of the movers. My sister talked loudly about being a Sheriff, and how she enjoyed arresting scofflaws. Before the truck left our home, the 8 of us told them that we would be at the new destination and that if there was a problem, they better address it now. We made them sign a statement that there were no additional charges, under any circumstances. My uncle who is a lawyer, had his wife notarize the statement. My sister told them that she would be at the destination with all 8 of us and that if there were a problem, she knew the police chief in our new city (she had talked to him over the phone regarding the move).
The guys were afraid to break anything, much less charge any extra. The 8 of us met the truck at our new location. We were still cleaning and oiling our guns, when they arrived. We had them enter the new home, through our garage, so that they could see us cleaning and oiling our guns. Sad that we had to go to such great lengths to protect ourselves, however that seems to be the only remedy for these scumbags. So, I recommend intimidation, when dealing with moving companies. If they know that you are armed and that there are many of you, then the scumbags will relent, and do the job that they were paid to do.
In the end, we all helped the workers and considered that, their tip. They couldn't leave our property quick enough. LOL.
Dec 17th 2009 3:53PM Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Las Vegas in many instances, is partially culpable for their own downturn. I have lived there since the early 90's and many casinos were arrogant with visitors, that they had profiled as undesirables. I was detained in the Venetian for an hour, for nothing. After they realized that I was indeed a gambler with a Venetian card, they returned my money to me and claimed that the video evidence was blocked, and they were unable to see anything illegal. BS. They saw the video and I had done nothing wrong. No apology, no remorse.
I am in my fifties, age wise. I have been treated poorly at many casinos to include The Monte Carlo (asked to show my ID in front of a crowd), Treasure Island (falsely accused of panhandling gamblers for money), The Mirage (followed and questioned by security), MGM (told by casino host to leave the high roller slot area, even though that is where I like to play), Paris (asked to show ID, even though I was a registered guest at the hotel), Excalibur (waitress told me to play or she would not serve me, even though I had just dumped $100 into a high roller slot), Bellagio (asked to show ID), Caesar's Palace (my $100 bill jammed in the slot machine and the attendant did not believe that I had put my money in the slot machine, and that I was trying to get money put in by someone else. after 30 minutes of reviewing the video, I was given my $100 bill, no apology, no remorse), Plaza (told by sports book writer not to clap for my team that I bet on, as they scored a touchdown. turns out he had a bet on the other side and threatened to throw me out, if I cheered anymore), Fremont (accused of topping a bet on a card table. after being detained for 30 minutes of video review, I was given my winnings, no apology, no remorse), and many other slights too numerous to mention. This is not good for business. I am not a poor man. I work in the motion picture industry and make a good living. I do not look underage. I fit a profile that they have, and that is un-American. My money is good. I am born in the US, and my family's ancestors have been here for a long time. I graduated cum laude from a major national university on the West Coast of the USA. So, I do not feel the casino's pain. They brought it on themselves.
Oddly enough, I never had a problem at The Sahara. Other casinos treated me very well and were always professional. The good casino list includes the aforementioned Sahara, Mandalay Bay (always nice, always open minded), Luxor (paid attention to a problem and took care of it, professional), New York New York (friendly staff), Imperial Palace (tolerant, mostly professional staff), Palms (professional friendly staff, fun place), Rampart Casino (friendly staff). The Station casinos are usually people friendly, as are the Coast Casinos.
Las Vegas had better remember that without the tourist and gamblers, their town is nothing more than an overgrown desert town. Many of the casino workers despise the tourists and gamblers, even though they are their lifeblood. How stupid is that? Better change your attitude from the ground floor up. The Native casinos are closer, more convenient, and nicer to folks in general. I now live in Los Angeles and look forward to coming to Las Vegas every chance I get. I go to the friendly casinos and have a good time. The unfriendly casinos can go down, as far as I'm concerned. They have a good thing. They should appreciate it and treat all guests as welcome. If they don't change, more hotels will close. It is inevitable. The Native casinos are growing and are here to stay. Better get off your high horses and get real. Remember that Stardust is still waiting to get rebuilt. Your jobs are in jeopardy folks. Attitude of gratitude is what is called for. Good Luck.
Jun 1st 2009 12:49PM How hilarious it is for the "next generation" to complain at how things have changed and that people need to move on. The only reason that things have changed is that this "other generation", fought and struggled to make things better. How forgetful children can be. They think everything was created today and that things are so good that nothing needs to be done to make it better today or tomorrow. How sad and short-sighted, not to mention ungrateful. The nature of man is that he will take advantage of, manipulate, enslave, coerce, etc. ad nauseum; his fellow man. That is why governments and authorities were created. To deal with man's unfairness to each other, lest they resort to long term fueds like the McCoys and Hatfields. What's that you say? Another example of how ignorant it is to not be familiar with your history. The same mistakes will be made over and over again, unless we stand up and speak. WE ARE NOT MONKEES. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. That is what the young generation desires. To be monkees with no reflection on what they or their country did right and wrong. If we want to do the right thing, then we must be vigilant, which includes pointing out patterns of behavior in society. That is all these "so called rabble rousers" are doing. So, you kiddies attack the messenger. Without the past and knowledge of a past (both right and wrong), a society can generate into a "Lord of the Flies" situaton in a generation or two. It has happened before with the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and it has happened in the USA. The indigenous populations (not all own casinos), suffer quietly, so the suffering continues. This country does not address and correct injustices unless it is forced to. All these gentlemen are doing is what Shakespeare did (albeit in a short form), satirizing past behavior that is still alive and going strong. The tongue in cheek remarks are meant to provoke thought. Unfortunately our children prefer to be monkees pretending everything is grand and that no further work or discussion on race relations, gender relations, nationalistic relations, etc., is necessary. Poor kiddies. It is ultimately my generation's fault. We kept your education narrow and provincial, so that you would gladly accept your fate as cogs in a society that uses your skills and returns you nothing in return. Good luck kids. You'll need it without the introspection you mock.