Thursday, April 15, 2010
This post is dedicated to the a-hole security guard at Aria who made me put way my camera when I was taking pictures on top of the Aria parking garage. I try to give security the benefit of the doubt at any casino, but this guy was really out of line with the way he treated me. Here's what happened:
I drove to the top of the Aria parking garage to take a few photos of City Center in the late afternoon. The clouds were quite dramatic and made for a nice background. I am not even up there 5 minutes when I see this white pickup truck speeding over toward me. The white pick up truck pulls up next to me and the guy driving - who is an Aria security wearing a ridiculous red poly coat, orders me to put away my camera. Not even "excuse me, sir" or "I am very sorry, but we don't allow photography in this area."
So I ask the security guard what the problem is. He responds again by rudely telling me to put away my camera and that photography is not allowed in this area. I again ask him what the specific concern is about taking pictures in this area. He then states "we getta little skitish around here with people taking pictures." Huh? I ask him what he means by that comment, but he refuses to elaborate. He again tells me to put away my camera. Not wanting to esclate the matter, I finally comply and put away my camera. He then drives away.
I understand the guy was just doing his job, but does he have to treat me like I am some sort of potential terrorist? What about having some manners and politely asking me to not take photos in the area? The funny thing is that the top of the Aria parking garage is one of the best locations in City Center to take photos of the buildings. I cannot be the only person who has gone up there to take photos. If MGM does not want people up there taking photos, fine. How about posting a few signs? Maybe train security to have some manners and not treat people like they are commiting some crime just because they are taking a few pictures?