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Bottled water sales banned on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks

By Associated Press


LAS VEGAS >> Clark County is outlawing the sale by unlicensed vendors of bottled water, T-shirts and other items to passers-by on the Las Vegas Strip.

County commissioners on Tuesday made sidewalk commerce a misdemeanor in what Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (june-killy-AH'-nee) calls an effort to protect the public right-of-way.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/MHADyd) the law won't affect handbillers who distribute leaflets and cards for adult entertainment and escort services.

It also won't affect street performers and people who earn tips by dressing in costumes and posing for photos with tourists.

Some street vendors tell the newspaper the law won't stop them from trying to make a modest living, even if they face getting a ticket, paying a fine or spending time in jail.

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samsdad wrote:
Why ban the selling of bottled water on the strip? The vendors are generally cheaper that going into a casino or shop to buy a bottle of water.
on July 4,2012 | 02:02PM
I agree..They should stop the little kids from handing out the adult entertainment leaflets instead!!
on July 4,2012 | 05:45PM
313invegas wrote:
That's exactly why! Vendors sell bottle water for $1. Casinos sell that same size bottle water for $2 or more. The vendors were cutting into the casinos profits. So the casinos made calls to their "good friends" down at the commissioner's office, who promptly enacted the ban. Clark County is a slave to the casinos and will do whatever they ask because they generate billions for the county each year.
on July 4,2012 | 07:10PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Sad but true. I can understand why the casinos would be upset, though. They have to mark up their bottled water because they have to pay taxes and pay medical for their employees. But the street vendors probably do not pay taxes, if any. So they can charge a whole lot less for their wares. If you look in our own city, it goes on unseen by the public. Next time you shop at a street side market such as the open market you will see that a lot of them sell their items for cash. How do we know that they are paying their fair share of the taxes? We cannot really know. While everybody else is paying their fair share these people are paying only a portion of their true taxes. These vendors such as open market sellers should be monitored and held accountable. Everyone else ends up paying THEIR share of the taxes when there is no accountability. Instead of raising taxes we should look at things like this. I would suspect that the state is losing millions from vendors like these.
on July 5,2012 | 11:27AM
bender wrote:
the solutiion is obvious, drink beer.
on July 5,2012 | 11:54AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Ban all that "entertainment" crap on Kalakaua. Those "performers", massage people, artists and vendors are getting a free sales tax pass on our dime. Besides it makes the street look worse than Vegas if that it possible.
on July 4,2012 | 08:04PM
bender wrote:
Walking around Waikiki reminds me of walking around Juarez or Tiajuana or Olongopo City.
on July 5,2012 | 11:57AM
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