So What Does A $777 Burger Actually Taste Like?

So What Does A $777 Burger Actually Taste Like?

For some reason we can’t fathom, our siblings at Consumer Reports didn’t include the $777 burger at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas in its survey of the country’s best and worst burgers. So it was left up to the folks at NPR to try out the high-priced hamburger for those of us who either can’t afford or would never, ever in a million years spend that much on a food product. [More]

Ever Wonder What Happened To The Real Wendy's Wendy?

Ever Wonder What Happened To The Real Wendy's Wendy?

She’s been the (illustrated) face of the Wendy’s fast food empire for over 40 years, but Wendy Thomas — daughter of the chain’s founder Dave Thomas — has preferred to let that pigtailed drawing of her do the talking in the years since. [More]

Solar Death Ray Broils Las Vegas Hotel Guests

Solar Death Ray Broils Las Vegas Hotel Guests

Guests at the Vdara hotel in Las Vegas are complaining about getting cooked to a crisp. The hotel is a glass skyscraper, and the way it reflects the sun magnifies the rays, raising temps on areas it hits by as much as 20 to 30 degrees. The result can cause plastic cups and plastic newspaper bags to melt, and it’s definitely not comfortable to have it on you sizzling you up. The hotel is aware of the problem and is trying to deal with it, namely by putting out more umbrellas. Definitely a good reason to check out the online reviews before booking a hotel. [More]

Public Menace? Las Vegas Wants To Ban Gigantic Hula Hoops

Public Menace? Las Vegas Wants To Ban Gigantic Hula Hoops

We’ve never been to Las Vegas, but apparently there is a serious problem with giant hula hoops going on. According to AOL, the Las Vegas City Council is considering banning hula hooping on a five-block pedestrian mall called “The Fremont Street Experience.” (Warning: link is annoying.) [More]

Zappos Turns Office Tour Into Vegas Tourist Attraction

Zappos Turns Office Tour Into Vegas Tourist Attraction

A Vegas tourist attraction that doesn’t involve hookers, blackjack, or magic? It’s possible! Famed retailer of shoes and joy Zappos opens its office doors to hundreds of people every month, welcoming everyone, not just business executives and crazed fans. [More]

Does Your Neighborhood Need An Adults-Only Swimming Pool?

Does Your Neighborhood Need An Adults-Only Swimming Pool?

In most neighborhoods the local pool or swim club is filled with youngsters during the summer, splashing around and making a very distinctive white noise. But in Las Vegas, it’s a very different tale. [More]

Watch Out For Undisclosed Resort Fees When Using Sites Like Priceline

Watch Out For Undisclosed Resort Fees When Using Sites Like Priceline

Travel consumer advocate Christopher Elliott has a new post about an undisclosed $15/day “resort fee” that Trump International Hotel Las Vegas plans to tack onto a customer’s bill. The surprise is that the customer reserved the room through Priceline, and thought when he made the reservation that Priceline was telling him the final room rate. [More]

Coming To Nevada Brothels In 2010: Male Prostitutes

Coming To Nevada Brothels In 2010: Male Prostitutes

If you’ve always skipped the brothels while in Nevada because they didn’t offer the kind of companionship you’re looking for, Merry Christmas! On Friday, the Nevada Board of Health changed its health code so that male sex workers can be tested regularly for STDs, which means starting next year men can sell sexual favors alongside the women working at the Shady Lady Ranch. [More]

Las Vegas Builders Say No More New Casinos For The Next Decade

Las Vegas Builders Say No More New Casinos For The Next Decade

We hope you like the current casinos in Las Vegas, because that’s what you can look forward to for the next 10 years or so. No newly built Mount Rushmore facade, no Mini Grand Canyon indoor shopping avenue, no Godzilla-shaped hotel—nothing new to delight the vulgar parts of your optic nerve. The Wall Street Journal says after a decade in which casinos spent more than $30 billion on expansions, they’re now going to pay off debt and focus on “branding, marketing and customer loyalty.”

Southwest Suddenly Decides Man Is Too Fat To Fly — Again

Southwest Suddenly Decides Man Is Too Fat To Fly — Again

We thought this issue was taken care of the last time a Las Vegas Southwest employee randomly stopped someone from flying without checking to see if they could actually sit in a seat with the arms down (per Southwest’s policy), but apparently not. Now a Chicagoland man says he was stopped from boarding a return flight home to Chicago because he was too big (6’2″ 350lbs), but he airline wouldn’t allow him to prove that he could fit in the seat.

Hackers Discover Data-Stealing ATM At Convention

Hackers Discover Data-Stealing ATM At Convention

Nobody knows yet whether it was planted by an attendee, or if the ATM had been there for some period of time before the event, but hackers at last week’s DefCon conference in Las Vegas discovered a rogue unit that was designed to capture customers’ credit card data with each use.

Southwest Never Meant To Apologize To Doctor They Had Arrested

Southwest Never Meant To Apologize To Doctor They Had Arrested

In our post earlier today about the 65-year-old doctor who tried to use the bathroom on a recent Southwest flight and was subsequently arrested, we noted that the airline sent him an apology letter and a $100 voucher. That seemed kind of inappropriate for the situation, right? It turns out the letter was never meant for Dr. Madduri and was sent to him by mistake. According to our reader RedwoodFlyer (Sockatume also picked up on it), the letter was actually about him and was sent to all the other passengers on the flight; he was never meant to see it.

Doctor Flying Southwest Tries To Go To Bathroom, Ends Up In Jail

Doctor Flying Southwest Tries To Go To Bathroom, Ends Up In Jail

A 65-year-old urologist, born in India but living in the United States for 38 years now, was flying from his home in Missouri to a medical convention in Las Vegas on June 26th, 2008. Did you notice that “born in India” detail? Apparently his attempts to go to the bathroom angered and frightened a flight attendant, who wouldn’t tell Dr. Sivaprasad Madduri why he couldn’t use the lavatory (the pilot was using it) and who wouldn’t listen to Dr. Madduri’s explanation that he was taking a medicine that acts as a diuretic. When the plane landed he was arrested, spent the night in jail, and was told the next day to plead guilty and pay $2500 if he wanted a quick resolution.

"King Of Cars" Closes Hummer Dealership, Will Start Selling Smart Cars

"King Of Cars" Closes Hummer Dealership, Will Start Selling Smart Cars

The Wall Street Journal’s “Deal Journal” blog says that the owner of the car dealership that serves as the backdrop to A&E’s “King of Cars” will close his Hummer dealership and begin selling “Smart Cars.”

OnTheGoTickets Is Just TicketsMyWay In A New Skin

OnTheGoTickets Is Just TicketsMyWay In A New Skin

Back in June we mentioned how TicketsMyWay has a reputation for not actually providing tickets—”MyWay” apparently refers to the company and not the customer, and it translates into “no tickets or refunds for you.” A customer who learned the hard way about TicketsMyWay sent us an alert that the company is operating under a new banner, OnTheGoTickets.com.

Merchant Tries To Forbid Chargebacks

Merchant Tries To Forbid Chargebacks

A reader wrote in to ask us if we’ve ever seen anything like the “Chargeback Abuse Policy” that Luxury Car Tuning in Las Vegas includes in their terms—”You agree not to file a credit card or debit card chargeback with regard to any purchase,” and if you do anyway, you have to pay any fees that normally the merchant must pay when dealing with a chargeback. The reader wants to know, “Is this allowed by any merchant agreement that you know of?  Sounds pretty ridiculous to me. How likely would it be that they could get away with this?”

Update: Westin Casuarina Refunds Extra Charges, Apologizes To Customers

Update: Westin Casuarina Refunds Extra Charges, Apologizes To Customers

Last week’s news that the Westin Casuarina hotel in Las Vegas was surreptitiously charging conference attendees for the organizer’s unpaid bill generated enough bad press that the Westin did an about-face this week, and sent out letters on Tuesday telling affected customers it is reversing the extra charges. A Westin spokesman said, “We’ve decided as a matter of customer relations to issue the refunds while continuing to pursue payment from The Coaching Center” in Austin, Texas. The Westin also says the refunds are an “effort to show our good faith,” which we assume means “please don’t sue us.”

Facing Foreclosure Some Owners Trash The House Before Leaving

Facing Foreclosure Some Owners Trash The House Before Leaving

The Wall Street Journal says that about half of foreclosed homes nationwide have “substantial” damage ,much of it inflicted by bitter former homeowners who tried their best to destroy the property before being forced to leave.