"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. "
Below are some photos of a vagrant selling waters for a $1.00 right in front of the Mirage. I love the expression of the couple in the first picture. You go for a walk down the Strip and you have a homeless guy hitting you up to buy a water from him. Nice.
Apparently, the city of LV or Clark County has no problem with these types of guys selling water, or whatever in public. I tried to ask this guy how business was and he replied "there are just too many god damn water sellers out here." He was not willing to give me a number on his usual take during a good day.
Since I moved to LV, I always notice these "vendors" whenever I go to the Strip. They are selling waters, sunglasses, gum, candy, whatever. There really seems to be no enforcement by police or anyone from the city/county. Apparently, anyone can just set up shop on the sidewalk on the Strip and sell whatever they please. I have yet to see one of these "vendors" rousted or hassled by the authorities. Maybe the city/county does not care about this issue?
Personally, I don't think this is acceptable.
And please, do not tell me he has the 1st Amendment right to stand out there on sidewalk and sell water. There needs to be some sort of enforcement on these "vendors." If the city/county does not take steps to deal with "vendors" the problem will just get out of control and the LV Strip will look like Venice Beach or some open air shopping market. Seriously, what if some guy set up one of those taco carts out there?