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Feeling Lazy? Going to Las Vegas?

Postby sox 06 » Fri May 25, 2007 1:24 pm

Then you're all set ;-D

LAS VEGAS (AP) — There’s lazy, and then there’s Las Vegas lazy.

In increasing numbers, Las Vegas tourists exhausted by the six kilometres of gluttony laid out before them are getting around on electric “mobility scooters.”

Don’t think trendy Vespa motorbikes. Think updated wheelchair.

Forking over about US$40 a day and their pride, perfectly healthy tourists are cruising around Las Vegas casinos in transportation intended for the infirm.

You don’t have to take a step. You don’t even have to put your drink down.


“It was all the walking,” 27-year-old Simon Lezama said on his red Merits Pioneer 3. Lezama, a trim and fit-looking restaurant manager from Odessa, Texas, rented it on day three of his five-day vacation, “and now I can drink and drive, be responsible and save my feet.”

The Las Vegas Strip is long past its easily walkable days. Casinos alone are nearly the size of two football fields. That doesn’t count the hotel rooms, shopping malls, spas, convention centres, bars and restaurants.

And that’s just inside. For tourists who plan to stroll from one big casino to another, there are crowds, construction sites and long stretches of sun-baked sidewalks between.

A tourist could accidentally get some exercise.

“We’re seeing more and more young people just for the fact that the Strip has gotten so big, the hotels are so large,” said Marcel Maritz, owner of Active Mobility, a scooter rental company whose inventory also includes wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.

Most of those using the scooters are obese, elderly or disabled. But many are young and seemingly fit.

The number of able-bodied renters has grown in the past few years to represent as much as five per cent of Maritz’s business, he said. The company, which contracts with some casinos, has a fleet of about 300 scooters.

“It makes it a lot easier for people to see everything,” he said.

At full throttle the scooters open up to about eight km/h, though crowded sidewalks allow little opportunity for such speeds. They can go anywhere wheelchairs can — elevators, bars, craps tables — but are banned from streets. They come with a quick operating lesson, an instruction booklet, a horn and a basket.

“At first, I figured it was for handicapped people, but then I saw everybody was getting them. I figured I might as well, too,” Lezama said.

Las Vegas has other transportation options, although each has its problems. The Strip is regularly clogged with cabs and drive-in tourists. A double-decker bus system, dubbed the Deuce, often gets stuck in the mess. A $650 million monorail with stops at eight casinos has been plagued by poor ridership, perhaps because it runs behind the resorts, well off the Strip and out of sight.

Police and casino workers often use bicycles.

Some find the notion of using a device intended for disabled people unethical.

“It’s the same principle as parking in a handicap spot,” Mike Petillo, 64, a disabled tax accountant who recently visited from New York City.

Several hotel bell desk workers — who handle most of the rental requests from tourists — said they try to discourage people who do not appear to need the scooters from renting. But refusing the self-indulgent is not really an option.

“You can’t really discriminate against anybody,” said Tom Flynn, owner of Universal Mobility. “We don’t require a prescription or an explanation of why they need it.”

Michelle Bailey, a slender, apparently healthy 22-year-old, used a scooter to get around a recent pool tournament at the Riviera hotel-casino. “Four-inch heels,” she explained with a laugh, pointing to her lipstick-red pumps.

But Troy Burgess, a 21-year-old optician visiting from Detroit, said he considers it “immoral” for an able-bodied person to rent wheels. And not only that, but “you probably wouldn’t pick up too many chicks on that scooter.”
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Postby sox 06 » Fri May 25, 2007 1:26 pm

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Postby WickedSmaat » Fri May 25, 2007 1:28 pm

I like the "I can now drink and drive" comment.... idiots...
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Postby knapplc » Fri May 25, 2007 1:28 pm

And we wonder why people call Americans lazy. ;-7
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Postby treat24 » Fri May 25, 2007 1:28 pm

i see a lot of people drunk driving on those things...
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Postby sox 06 » Fri May 25, 2007 1:31 pm

WickedSmaat wrote:I like the "I can now drink and drive" comment.... idiots...

I wonder how many people are going to drive right into the pool :-b
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Postby moonhead » Fri May 25, 2007 1:32 pm

i was thinking more along the lines of that two wheel dealie that president bush crashed and burned on. the name is escaping me right now...
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Postby treat24 » Fri May 25, 2007 1:33 pm

moonhead wrote:i was thinking more along the lines of that two wheel dealie that president bush crashed and burned on. the name is escaping me right now...


segway...

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Postby BGbootha » Fri May 25, 2007 1:37 pm

sox 06 wrote:
WickedSmaat wrote:I like the "I can now drink and drive" comment.... idiots...

I wonder how many people are going to drive right into the pool :-b


you gotta admit it would be fun to drink a whole bunch and spend the afternoon racing you buddies on those things.
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Postby mrblitz » Fri May 25, 2007 2:29 pm

knapplc wrote:And we wonder why people call Americans lazy. ;-7


Well said. That's just pathetic. I always see people that are just fine walking from the parking lot to the Grocery Store, only to jump on one of those things to do their shopping. Pathetic :-t
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