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Things You Should Avoid in Las Vegas

Oct 13, 2016

I guess everyone who are attending at IMEX America this year has already started to feel thrilled about it, as only a few more days left. For sure, everybody is making detailed plans to maximise fun time at free hours in Vegas, since the exhibition hours are long but the free hours are limited. Most probably you've surfed through web pages for top things to do in Las Vegas and checked your favorite ones. That sounds good, but have you ever thought about any "Not To Do List in Las Vegas"? which also be quite helpful and life saving. I already made one for you. Here is a list of not to do's in Las Vegas. But try to read it before your arrival or nevermind.

  1. Avoid Hotel Fees: A hotel fee is a fee you are charged for things like using the fitness center, local telephone calls, internet access, etc. Most Las Vegas hotels impose this mandatory resort fee and you will be charged for it daily, whether you use those amenities or not. It can be difficult to figure out which fees will be charged at a particular hotel or resort before you book. So, it's always a good idea to ask which fees will be applied to your stay.
  2. Do not walk the Vegas Strip in tight or uncomfortable shoes: Your trip to Las Vegas will entail a lot of walking while you sightsee. An average Las Vegas visitor walks approximately 3 – 4 miles per day. Plan to arrive in Las Vegas with the most comfortable walking shoes you can get. If you don't, try to buy one in Las Vegas. Otherwise, your stay might easily turn into a nightmare.
  3. Avoid Jaywalking: In the US, Jaywalking is when you cross the street through the middle and not at the intersections pedestrian crossing where you are supposed to. In Las Vegas, the practice is illegal and extremely dangerous. If you are caught jaywalking, you will be cited. The minimum fine is $350.
  4. Do not buy water from unlicensed street vendors: These vendors are not legally licensed/permitted to handle food or drink for public consumption. Anyone selling cold water from a portable cooler on the Vegas strip is doing so illegally. Metro police has also determined that some of that water could be unsafe. Some street vendors have also been caught with bottles repackaged and resold with tap water to thirsty tourists. There are convenience stores along the strip where you can buy cold water.
  5. Do not use casino ATM machines: Though this might look like a convenient way to get cash when you need it, there is a high price to pay for that convenience. Casino ATM's charge a fee between $3.50 to $6.00 in addition to any fees your bank charges. That might not seem like a lot if you are withdrawing $500, but if you need $20 for lunch, that's a different story.
  6. Don't worry, you'll get a prompt asking if you're sure you want to pay the fee, and you will know what the fee is before you complete the transaction.

  7. Do not open or treat yourself to the mini-bar in your hotel room: Most frequent travellers are aware that mini-bars are pricey. In Las Vegas, they are extra pricey. Expect a charge on your credit card if you open or move the items in your mini bar.Also watch out for that complimentary-looking bottles of water sitting next to the TV as you walk into your room. There is nothing complementary about that bottle. "DO NOT OPEN IT". You will be charged between $6 and $8 for that dusty expired Evian bottle of water.
  8. Educate yourself about Clark County Code: CCO 12.33.010 before you get to Las Vegas and do not violate it. Just because you are in Vegas doesn't mean there are no laws. By the time most tourists find out about the local laws, it's a bit too late. Besides jaywalking, Disorderly Conduct – CCO 12.33.010 is the next offence most tourists fall a victim to. Disorderly conduct in Las Vegas in most cases are alcohol related.According to Clark County Code: CCO 12.33.010 it is unlawful for any person to engage in any of the following acts of disorderly conduct:
  9. Participate in a fight;

    • Challenge another person to fight;
    • Use profane, indecent or obscene language in addressing another person;
    • Commit a breach of the peace;
    • Incite a disturbance;
    • Accosting, interfering with or harassing, another and thus creating a disturbance.
  10. Don't Get Long-Hauled: Do not let your airport taxi driver take you on the I-215. Despite what your cab driver might tell you, the use of the I-215 tunnel from McCarran airport is NEVER the shortest route to ANY Las Vegas Strip hotel and this route will result in higher fare.
  11. Don't gamble just for comps: Comps, which is short for "complimentary" is a way Las Vegas casinos rewards its frequent gamblers by offering them free complimentary rooms, buffet passes, show tickets, and so on as a way to encourage players to gamble.While it's great to receive comps while you gamble, going out of your way to gamble just for comps is a bad thing. Chances are you're going to lose a lot of money at the tables in exchange for those comps.
  12. Do not venture off the Vegas Strip: Las Vegas for the most part is a very safe city for tourist. The major tourist area is well light, patrolled by metro police on bicycles and horse back and have cameras at every corner looking out for the safety of tourists.However, when in Vegas, you should always have your guards up. Use common sense safety practices in Las Vegas as you would in any big city.
  13. NEVER, NEVER venture off the Vegas strip especially at night. Those side streets are not well lit and can be dangerous. Also on the Vegas Strip, the section north of Encore can also be dangerous at night.

    Note: Liquor in open glass and aluminum containers are banned on the Vegas Strip and Fremont Street Experience. Tourists can consume alcoholic beverages while on the strip or downtown in a plastic cup. This law is to help to cut down on litter and the ability to use the glass as a weapon. If caught by police drinking from a glass container you will be asked to dispose of the beverage. If you refuse, police can confiscate the drink and, if necessary, arrest the you on a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum fine of $1,000 or up to 6 months in jail.

    Now, you may enjoy Las Vegas. Bon voyage!..


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Erkan OGULGANMIS

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Erkan OGULGANMIS Graduated from Army War College, completed MA degree in Ankara University on Global & Regional Studies, studies law in Istanbul University. Works in MEETINGHAND Online Solutions Co. as Business Development & Sales Manager.