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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Friday, June 25, 2010

Are all these people really your friends?

This topic I am writing about will be sure to raise some controversy as I am going to pick on disabled people.  I am sure the vast majority of people with disabilities do not use their disability to work the system.  This post is for the small minority of disabled people here in Clark County who use their disability to take advantage of others or get something they don't deserve.  This post will take a bit of set up to understand, thanks for your patience.

A few weeks I got four comps to the Green Valley Ranch Buffet on a Friday night.  That's their "Seafood Feast" and it is usually pretty crowded.  I assumed that since the buffet was comped due to table games play, I would go right up the front of the line.  Well, I was wrong.  GVR is the only casino I know of that does not allow table games comps to go the front of the line at the buffet.  You only get front of the line if your players club is at the right level -- purple or black, whatever.  My players club is lowly gold, so even though I played blackjack for 3 hours at $75 a hand average, I had to wait in line to get in -- just like everyone else.  Needless to say, I won't be going to GVR buffet anytime soon on a Friday night.  Of course, The M Resort allows comps to the front of the line at their buffet -- but that's for another blog.

So the GVR "seafood buffet" is packed on a Friday night.  The line is really long .  I estimate 30 minutes of waiting before we get in.  My friends and I are so hungry that we just decide to wait it out.  Then I notice something very interesting happening.  There are three lines to get in to the GVR buffet.  One line is for the people with the right color players club card -- that line has about 10 people waiting.  There's our line which is the lowly red and gold players club cards.  Our line looks like something from Disneyland on a summer weekend.

Then there's the middle line.  The middle line is specifically reserved for people with disabilities.  So, if you show up to the GVR buffet on a scooter, a walker, crutches, oxygen tanks, whatever, you get to go right to the front of the line.  Personally, I have no problem with this.  If you have a disability I think an accommodation should be made to assist you.  Waiting in line for an hour is probably not fair.

However, what I observed at GVR buffet that Friday night was beyond ridiculous.  Clearly people were taking advantage of the system.  I personally saw 7 different people with disabilities enter the buffet.  They got to go to the front of the line.  What made it interesting is that each disabled person had between 7-10 people with them.  All the people in their party -- because they were with the disabled person, got front of the line privileges also. 

I am sorry, but that seems to be a quite a coincidence that every disabled person who entered the buffet had a huge group with them.  I saw everything from scooters, walkers, crutches, you name it, with a pack of people behind them.  These parties were immediately seated in the buffet.  If a person is disabled, I would imagine that they would have to have a friend or two with them to help them with their buffet selections.  But 7, 8, 9, or 10 people with each disabled person?  Come on now.

It is my opinion that these disabled people were using their disability to get their friends into the buffet instead of having to wait like everyone else.  I cannot prove this allegation, however, it just seems way too much of a coincidence that each disabled person would have such a large group with them.  The interesting thing is that in Las Vegas there are disabled all over the place in casinos.  I have never seen so many walkers and scooters in one place in my life except in the casinos here.  These disabled people are usually by themselves or with a one other person.  I have never seen them with a large group inside of a casino.  Yet, when they roll into the buffet they have a group of 8 people with them?  Please.

What made this situation so frustrating is that since these large groups of people with one disabled person got front of line passes, the rest of us had to wait to be seated.  I estimated that these large groups caused us to wait an extra 30 minutes.  By the time we were seated in the buffet it had been over an hour of standing in line.  To have to wait an hour for a buffet is completely ridiculous, especially when half the wait was caused by these large parties following behind a disabled person.

I you are disabled and think I am out of line with this post, that's fine.  I call it as I see it in Las Vegas.  Please feel free to refute or comment on what I have written.

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