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“Bottled water, one dollar!”
For years, the familiar pitch could be heard on bridges and sidewalks up and down Las Vegas Boulevard. The summer heat brought out entrepreneurs armed with coolers, ice, and cases of bottled water. Eager to make a quick buck, and with minimal start-up costs, water vendors expanded to nearly every part of The Strip. That was, until Clark County commissioners decided to shut them down last summer.
It’s been just over a year since the Clark County ordinance aimed at removing peddlers from The Strip went into effect. The law prohibits conducting business in a public right of way and is targeted primarily at street vendors who sell bottles of water. In arguing for passage of the ordinance, commissioners suggested that unlicensed sellers compete unfairly with tax-paying, brick-and-mortar businesses and also cited tourist safety concerns. County Commissioner Steve Sisolak specifically opposed the idea of letting The Strip turn into an open air market (even though we’re guessing he’s okay with Bally’s Grand Bazaar). Metro Police, along with Clark County business license agents, can cite and even arrest ordinance violators. Maximum penalties include a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. So, after a year, have things changed? We took stroll around the north end of the Strip on a hot summer evening to find out.
You don't have to worry about the safety of buying bottled water from a random stranger on The Strip, anymore. That's because peddlers have been banned from Las Vegas Boulevard.
Earlier today, government officials voted to make "it a misdemeanor for people to stand on sidewalks and sell bottled water, T-shirts and other items to passers-by," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
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Hooters water is cleaner than some others out there.
Folks, no matter how thirsty you are during your trip to Vegas or how stubborn you are to pay $7 for bottled water from the minibar--do not, we repeat, do not buy bottled water from someone standing out on the Strip.
You know the people we are talking about. They cart little coolers behind them with handwritten signs saying, "Bottled Water, $1.25" (or less.) The more aggressive ones wave the bottles in your face as you walk by. Yes, these cold water bottles look mighty tempting when the desert heat and your killer hangover have sweating like a whore in church while at the same time practically choking back cottonmouth. But don't do it.
"I've had people complain about the water bottles. They are not sealed and even filled in the restroom," said County Commissioner Steve Sisolak. If spotted by police, people peddling water bottles will usually get cited. But then they will just move to a different location.