Monday, August 15, 2011
Gold & Silver Pawn Shop...turning into three ring circus! Blocking Vegas strip a no-no!
The Gold & Silver Pawn shop - currently basking in the glow of a popular high-rated reality show on cable - has turned into a three-ring circus down on the distressed end of the Vegas strip in recent days.
For instance, fast-food servers are hawking tasty snacks from a food truck (splashed with eye-catching slogans in primary colors) at one end of the postage-size parking lot, just a hop-and-a-skip away from aggressive taxi drivers - keen on snatching up fares - jockeying for a coveted space along one lone wall. Meanwhile, tourists and lookie-loo's alike, are swarming in by-the-hour adding a jolt of mayhem to the mix.
In fact, the crowds have been so overwhelming lately, that the owners were forced to erect a rope-barrier in front of the store in a bold-faced effort to effect a bit of order amid the chaos erupting in the street daily.
And, that is where I have a "bone to pick" with the folks, who run the souped-up (overrated) second-hand store.
The staff have "seized" half of the sidewalk - a strip of city property - they do not own!
Consequently, pedestrians - with no intention of patronizing the shop - are forced to battle their way through the unruly crowd (who rarely step aside to let the citizen pass by freely without a struggle).
I have spied elderly folks being forced to walk perilously close to the curb within a hair's breath of oncoming traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard.
I guess, it's just a matter of time before some unfortunate resident (or tourist) topples over into a speeding vehicle.
If the dudes who run this clip joint had any grey matter - brains - they'd queue the line through the parking lot along the side wall and not in the busy city street.
And, while they're at it, they might also consider hoisting an awning to protect their customers from the blazing hot sun to prevent older patrons (and children0 from collapsing from heat exhaustion.
Something tells me in my heart-of-hearts -that the owners of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop don't give a damn about the welfare of their customers - just the almighty buck.
What do you expect from grave-robbers!
In response to complaints, the owners have made improvements!