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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

Monday, August 30, 2010

The "King" of the Water Sellers

As I have posted before, the water selling -- mostly by bums and vagrants has reached epic proportions all over the Las Vegas Strip.  I have posted on this subject before:

However, the guy in the photos below takes the prize for having the most efficient operation I seen so far.  He uses a "CAMBRO" -- a rolling ice bin designed to deliver ice in hotels for banquets, room service, etc.  He literally had hundreds of bottles of water on ice in that thing, plus reserve.  He was near the south entrance of the Mirage and while I was there, must have sold over 100 bottles of water to tourists walking up and down the Strip.  At one point he about 10 people in line waiting to buy water!  These other water sellers simply cannot compete with this operation.

It turns out based on my observations and conversations that I heard, that this guy is part of a larger water selling operation.  I noted that this water seller had a walkie-talkie and was in constant communication with other people -- I am assuming other water sellers. While I was there some guy came around and asked him if needed anything.  I am speculating that some of these guys have organized into a water selling enterprise.   There must be a network of water sellers like this up and down the Strip -- who then get resupplied by "runners" with water and ice during the course of the day.

Business is good...

Counting all that tax free cash money!

The "King" taking a well deserved break until the next wave hits...

Regardless of the "legality" of this operation, you gotta love this guy's spirit.  I would much rather purchase a bottle of water from him then from some stinking, wild eyed vagrant.

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