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(Las Vegas Review Journal)   Hundreds of open container violations in Las Vegas thrown out due to lack of evidence   (reviewjournal.com) divider line 27
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2013-10-06 09:00:12 AM  
As a regular traveler to Vegas for 20+ years, I never seen any evidence to suggest there was an open container ordinance. It's party time all the time.
 
2013-10-06 09:30:24 AM  
Seems like protectionism.  You can buy a beer at a casino/bar and drink it on the sidewalk, but buy the same beer at at store and you can't.
 
2013-10-06 09:33:12 AM  
Vegas has open container laws?
 
2013-10-06 10:07:48 AM  
Next time a prostitute gets picked up for hooking on the strip she should tell the officer, "Are you sure you know the actual verbiage of the ordinance?"
 
2013-10-06 10:34:40 AM  
I'm so confused. My first trip to Vegas was in the 90's, and back then people would walk down the street chugging the biggest margaritas I ever saw. The Frontier made some huge margaritas.
 
2013-10-06 10:46:22 AM  
I was just there last week and did exactly what I apparently wasn't supposed to. I'd buy beer at one of the convenience stores on Freemont and walk out to drink them. There certainly are not any indicators that that is not ok. Oh well, had a blast. Glad I didn't get a ticket.
 
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2013-10-06 10:48:30 AM  

Sir Digby: I was just there last week and did exactly what I apparently wasn't supposed to. I'd buy beer at one of the convenience stores on Freemont and walk out to drink them. There certainly are not any indicators that that is not ok. Oh well, had a blast. Glad I didn't get a ticket.


It seems like you would just have to pour the can into a red cup and then it's impossible to tell.
 
2013-10-06 10:49:28 AM  

edmo: As a regular traveler to Vegas for 20+ years, I never seen any evidence to suggest there was an open container ordinance. It's party time all the time.


The only law I (thought) I was aware of is that you are not supposed to have an open container off of The Strip or Fremont Street.

/Never followed it anyhow.
 
2013-10-06 10:54:36 AM  
"Dismissed due to Insufficient reports".  Riiigghhttt.
The ordinance was copied but it just so happens that an exculpatory portion was left out.  That's very......what's the word......convenient.
 
2013-10-06 10:57:47 AM  

d23: Sir Digby: I was just there last week and did exactly what I apparently wasn't supposed to. I'd buy beer at one of the convenience stores on Freemont and walk out to drink them. There certainly are not any indicators that that is not ok. Oh well, had a blast. Glad I didn't get a ticket.

It seems like you would just have to pour the can into a red cup and then it's impossible to tell.


Yup. Problem solved.

We went down there to see STP, it was a coincidence, we didn't go to Vegas just for them, but it sucked. It was promoted as a free concert, but they had a massive area roped off with black drapes so you couldn't see anything unless you paid 50$ to get into a VIP area. So yeah, it was free to listen to, couldn't see a damn thing. Anyway theres my gripe, apropos of nothing I suppose.
 
2013-10-06 11:04:08 AM  
A drink removed from a tavern or bar with an unlimited tavern license can be drank in public.  A drink purchased at a limited tavern OR a package store cannot.

All the bars under the Fremont Street Experience have unlimited tavern licenses, so you can take those drinks and walk anywhere you please with them.

Most of the bars on East Fremont have limited tavern licenses.

What happens is people stroll across LV Blvd towards East Fremont and end up running a gauntlet of cops (seriously 3-4 cars and up to a dozen cops in the area of Fremont between LV Blvd and 7th street.

The police badger anyone with a container, inconsistently telling them that either NO open containers are allowed, or that only containers purchased 'under the canopy' are allowed to consumed in this area.

Then you have people who buy something at one of stores and are drinking that and find themselves cited or questioned on E Fremont where they normally are left alone doing the same under the Fremont Street Experience.

All in all, it makes for cops searching and hassling people who aren't hurting anyone, and only serves to hurt the atmosphere of E Fremont.  Say what you will about all the E Fremont bars, but what's there now is a hell of a lot better than the empty storefronts and garbage that were there before.
 
2013-10-06 11:04:37 AM  
there is one and only one reason to go to Vegas, to gamble. walking around in some neon tunnel with or without a drink like some hick with cow shiat on his shoes is not why one goes to Vegas.

do you really think that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" means "oooh look , i'm so bad ass i have a drink and i'm outside".
 
2013-10-06 11:07:34 AM  
Anyone tries to do that to me and I'll have to use my portable nuke launcher.
 
2013-10-06 12:24:50 PM  

Curious: there is one and only one reason to go to Vegas, to gamble. walking around in some neon tunnel with or without a drink like some hick with cow shiat on his shoes is not why one goes to Vegas.

do you really think that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" means "oooh look , i'm so bad ass i have a drink and i'm outside".


I was tickled pink when I was drinking from an open container in the public my first time in Vegas!! It is a highlight of your life if you hail from corn fields.
 
2013-10-06 12:35:53 PM  

Curious: there is one and only one reason to go to Vegas, to gamble. walking around in some neon tunnel with or without a drink like some hick with cow shiat on his shoes is not why one goes to Vegas.

do you really think that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" means "oooh look , i'm so bad ass i have a drink and i'm outside".


As opposed to "oooh look, I'm giving someone 5 dollars and every now and then they give me something in return".  So badass.
 
2013-10-06 12:47:40 PM  
This is an outrage! We need to call in CSI to conduct a special effects laden and nonsensical investigation to bring all of these criminals to Justice before the statute of limitations runs out!
 
2013-10-06 12:50:07 PM  

Curious: there is one and only one reason to go to Vegas, to gamble. walking around in some neon tunnel with or without a drink like some hick with cow shiat on his shoes is not why one goes to Vegas.

do you really think that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" means "oooh look , i'm so bad ass i have a drink and i'm outside".


I think getting blotto drunk for cheap has its appeal to many. $1 44oz Margaritas served in a "souvenir cup" is a tradition.

I suspect the ordinance was never intended to be enforced on visitors as the police did, but the police, well, some can be dicks.

/I don't drink
//Wife does... one time downed 5 pint glasses of champagne at the Riviera buffet. She loves the cheap booze in Vegas
///thankfully she's only binged maybe three times in 21 years of marriage, so I'm ok with that
 
2013-10-06 12:55:23 PM  
We all know this has little to do with crowd control and is simply about revenue, right?  When they dismiss 1,300 fines, some cops are gonna get pink slips or they can't buy military hardware for awhile.
 
2013-10-06 01:20:35 PM  

Sir Digby: d23: Sir Digby: I was just there last week and did exactly what I apparently wasn't supposed to. I'd buy beer at one of the convenience stores on Freemont and walk out to drink them. There certainly are not any indicators that that is not ok. Oh well, had a blast. Glad I didn't get a ticket.

It seems like you would just have to pour the can into a red cup and then it's impossible to tell.

Yup. Problem solved.

We went down there to see STP, it was a coincidence, we didn't go to Vegas just for them, but it sucked. It was promoted as a free concert, but they had a massive area roped off with black drapes so you couldn't see anything unless you paid 50$ to get into a VIP area. So yeah, it was free to listen to, couldn't see a damn thing. Anyway theres my gripe, apropos of nothing I suppose.


I think the real issue is you went to an STP concert.
 
2013-10-06 01:40:30 PM  

LesserEvil: She loves the cheap booze in Vegas


back when i was going to Vegas i liked the free booze when you were gambling. and the cheap meals and accommodations. but the last time i was there was the summer of 1980, long before Vegas got first kid friendly then it's pseudo badass image.
 
2013-10-06 01:50:15 PM  
FTFA:"He said it could undermine trust between citizens and police in the future if people suspect officers don't have a firm grasp of the laws they're supposed to enforce. "

REALLY?  He seems to have said that without snickering and snorting.   No where in the US does this trust exist anymore.  See (Traffic laws, Drug laws)
 
2013-10-06 02:06:52 PM  

rev. dave: FTFA:"He said it could undermine trust between citizens and police in the future if people suspect officers don't have a firm grasp of the laws they're supposed to enforce. "

REALLY?  He seems to have said that without snickering and snorting.   No where in the US does this trust exist anymore.  See (Traffic laws, Drug laws)


Oh that's rich.  The rev's right- the cops next town over busted for stealing, the next town past that, Hookers in ambulances
go the other way and it's Gross Violations on Human Rights.
Big City or Small Town - just doesn't matter, I've no reason to trust any of them anymore
 
2013-10-06 02:38:35 PM  
As with any resort town, "open container" laws exist mostly so cops have PC to approach people, evaluate their level of intoxication, and ensure they're not dropping glass, vomit and urine all over the town during high-volume weekends.

If the person didn't go to court to contest the ticket, too bad for them.
 
2013-10-06 03:21:12 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: Vegas has open container laws?


The city does, the actual city of Las Vegas includes Fremont Street, and stops around Sahara. The rest of the strip is technically in unincorporated Clark County.

rkiller1: We all know this has little to do with crowd control and is simply about revenue, right?  When they dismiss 1,300 fines, some cops are gonna get pink slips or they can't buy military hardware for awhile.


Actually this was 100% about crowd control. What was happening, on First Friday there is an art festival downtown. After that closes, most people head over to East Fremont to hit the bars and drink. What happened was people went to the liquor store, bought cases of beer, and just started drinking in the street. After some drinking, fights broke out, and the crowd became unmanageable for the area. Some of them were underage. So to discourage getting a 12 pack and setting up a party in the street, they started citing some of the drinkers and increased presence downtown on first Friday. This has nothing to do with what happens under the canopy. Writer fails at understanding what happens here, and apparently does not stay here.
 
2013-10-06 03:27:12 PM  

tripleseven: Sir Digby: d23: Sir Digby: I was just there last week and did exactly what I apparently wasn't supposed to. I'd buy beer at one of the convenience stores on Freemont and walk out to drink them. There certainly are not any indicators that that is not ok. Oh well, had a blast. Glad I didn't get a ticket.

It seems like you would just have to pour the can into a red cup and then it's impossible to tell.

Yup. Problem solved.

We went down there to see STP, it was a coincidence, we didn't go to Vegas just for them, but it sucked. It was promoted as a free concert, but they had a massive area roped off with black drapes so you couldn't see anything unless you paid 50$ to get into a VIP area. So yeah, it was free to listen to, couldn't see a damn thing. Anyway theres my gripe, apropos of nothing I suppose.

I think the real issue is you went to an STP concert.


You're not wrong. But we were there, and it was "free".

Actually sounded ok, but we only hung around for a few songs. Then down to East Fremont.
 
2013-10-06 03:30:19 PM  
I wonder what Very Important Person's name would come up if you studied the list of names of arrestees.
 
2013-10-06 08:51:57 PM  
I'm still trying to figure out why anyone would go outside in that heat???
 
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