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Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?


Apr 21, 2008 @ 5:43 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
onoudn


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First of all I can't stand the way the casino's get away with paying next to nothing in taxes. You have billion dollar buildings springing up every where so you know their cleaning up. Yet, the funding available for city projects doesn't come anywhere near comparison.

I visited the Social Security office a few days ago as a for instance. It was windy out and I got there about 15min to 8. Natually I thought that since it was a federal building it would open at 8. No such luck. The employee's came strolling in about 15 to 9. Then once inside the security guard made an annoucement that we couldn't get our social security cards in that building. We had to go to another buidling across town to do that. What kind of a social security office doesn't process social security cards ?



We were informed that if we wanted a print-out to confirm our social security number that was available. So I waited for that. It wasn't a long wait. But when I was provided the print out it looked like the sort of print out anyone six year old could generate on the computer. So I asked if there was a stamp or something that could be affixed on the document so that people would know that it's an official document. The man behind the counter get's an attitude with me saying, "Oh I see you just want to make things difficult". Then he signs the print out just below the date, but there was no other indication the document was meant to be signed there, so it just ended up looking even less official. I asked for a stamp again. So he stamps it with something that basically repeated what the print out said.

The same type of thing happens every time I go to the Veterans Clinic. Why a city the size of Las Vegas only has a clinic to service all the Veterans here is a discrace. And the service they provide there is an even bigger discrace. The service provider are rude, obnoxious, and self-serving. I've been asked questions like " what is my relationship to God", on official Veterans Administration forms, told that if I didn't provide information about my religious beliefs I would be denied services, childishly mocked when I asked a question regarding the type of treatment I was getting, laughed at, etc. Not to mention the fact the the Veterans Administration funds a project called USvets through ongoing no bid contracts and allows this organization to mistreat veterans. I know for a fact that they've gotten numerous complaints about USvets but they continue to fund them, and push the complain under the rug.

Citizens walking along the street in certain places are randomly stopped and searched. City Hall is a joke. The law library is equally a joke. If you are a tenant you don't really have any rights. Code enforcement goes way over it's authority for the local non-casino builders. But let the Casion's get away with sloppy workmanship. Landlords are allowed to do practically anything they want. Rent is high, wages are cheap--even if you are in a union. And the biggest joke of all is that the Ten Commandments are posted on the lawn near City Hall---in sin city.

Vegas is fun to visit. But I hate living here.
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Apr 25, 2008 @ 7:16 AM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Automotor


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If you hate living there why don't you move someplace else?
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Apr 26, 2008 @ 9:53 AM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Mustangsalley


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vegas is good so move place else
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May 17, 2008 @ 2:03 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
onoudn


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Hey, I'm entitled to my opinion. No need to be rude. I have my reasons for being here. BTW, all I hear from people all the time is gripes about Vegas. There are lot's of people who live here that don't care for it. Not just me. I don't understand why people always have to tell people to leave just because they express how they feel. Geeez look around. Vegas is about twenty years behind the rest of the major cities in America in Veterans services, for instance. That makes me very angry. Instead of getting all bent out of shape just because someone points out the truth, maybe you should be writing your local representative and expressing outrage at how deplorable the the services for Vets are here, and asking tcongress do something about it. Or maybe you prefer seeing the Vets coming back from Iraq, and others who served this country, running into red tape when they try to get services here. I for one would rather see changes in the system that would help every one here. Not just put my head in the sand and pretend that everything is ok as long as I can party or lose all my money in a casino.

[Edited on 5/17/2008 2:14 PM]

[Edited on 5/17/2008 2:21 PM]
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May 19, 2008 @ 11:25 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
sportsma67


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I was born and raised here, so I think I am entitled to stay, AND bitch about the rude people that moving in! lol
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May 31, 2008 @ 6:08 AM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
AngryWookie


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Las Vegas has been hostile to everybody since they ran the mafia out.
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Jun 21, 2008 @ 7:33 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
onoudn


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Lot's of folks say that......At least the Mafia knew some honor to it. You get pretty much what you might think if you mess with them. But with the Government you get a bunch of bull.
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Jul 23, 2008 @ 7:30 AM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
rovingnet


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I moved here Jan '05 from the snowbelt [Central NY] and I haven't found that Vegas is anymore or less hostile interactive socially than anywhere USA. When you consider that we've let the gov't become parents and left the asocial influences of our institutions educate our kids it is not surprising that we have this pathos which seems to be all too common in our society. However, as a disabled Vet I find that it is not the VA clinics that are rude but the attitude created by not having a centralized and proper Medical facility. They closed the old one and were supposed to be building a new one, but that hasn't even begun. presently you have to go from one end of the county to the other for various services and that frustrates those needing the services, who may have difficulty getting around, or just plan won't endure the frustrations [like myself ha ha]...

As for the town itself my only complaint is that there was a time when you could leave money on the bar while you went to the bathroom and it would be there when you returned. Back in the DAY there was not a lot of scamming and grifting in Vegas because the so-called Mob didn't allow it. It you think about it, the Mob did a lot better job of protecting than the gov't ever has... ha ha...and the gov't charges more..

But I love it here. You affect the way people relate to you. Often when I get a rude reception I smile and console, "having a bad day, huh?" or if it is some official with a title, "tough being in charge, hey?" Usually that takes the edge off, if for no other reason than they know they are out of line. If you respond to their frustration in kind it usually devolves into a stonewall that gets no-one anywhere.

But I love Vegas. I had to get to a dry hot climate in order to be able to walk and Vegas is great. The cost of living...[IF you don't gamble and aren't a big drinker ] is better than most cities and there is plenty to do and see... And like most cities there are plenty of decent folks as well as the idiots... Only real nag I have is that in a town that is basically an entertainment and resort haven everyone seems to drive like there is no tomorrow. The throughfares are 45MPH and these folks seem to still need to speed to wherever it is they had to be yesterday. It doesn't make any sense to me. Seems to me that in a town that is basically a theatre people should be a little more laid-back and not in such a big friggin hurry for anything.

Even before I was forced to retire I found rushing to get anywhere silly. If you need to be somewhere at a certain time START SOON ENOUGH TO GET THERE ON TIME... I know this is a strange concept for the instant gratification population, but it sure resolves a lot of frustration and stress difficulties.

Yeah, I'm long winded, Salute! MT
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Aug 28, 2008 @ 2:23 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Gary51hwd


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Anyone who thinks the mob isn't still running this town is sadly misinformed. If there is paper or linen being trucked in, or garbage being trucked out, it's via mob controlled companies. All of the recycling businesses and drywall contracts, unions and services are beholding, if not run outright to favoritism and good old boy mob deals. Even some of the major shareholders in the supposedly legit "corporate" entities are connected. The mob didn't leave. it simply diversified and put on a new face, with some of the old school front men in new suits and titles. Look at the Mayor. Ever see the movie "Casino"? A thinly disguised true story. Their lawyer...our current Mayor. To quote Virgil from "The Usual Suspects"..the biggest trick the devil ever pulled was to make us think he didn't exist. I am an entertainer and a Audio Visual tech here....both of these areas are still tightly controlled by the boys in the back room...believe me...So it's no surprize that the rest of the un connected population is viewed as worker bees, at best. It's still who ya know in this town..fortunately for me, I know some people. My cousins are headliners with the Key to the City....One phone call and "difficult" people are either shining your shoes the next day, or buried in a shallow grave out near the state line.
Just thought you'd like to know.....
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Sep 8, 2008 @ 4:38 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
starchild888


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this is actually an interesting thread...cuz the night scene for locals is a bit strange...noticed that most of the baby boomer men hang out at the sports book, keno, poker or blackjack tables or the slots...which i really don't have an interest in...I do like the fact that u only need to go to one place to see a movie, dine at a good restaurant, gamble, shop, see a good rock or blues band....coffee shops, etc..but even with all of that, its still very hard to meet people...gambling constitutes staring into a screen or playing cards with a dealer -- its kind of like having 300 channels on TV and saying that there's nothing on...?
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Sep 10, 2008 @ 7:52 AM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Automotor


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I'm thinking about moving to Nevada, where's the best place? Is it Las Vegas or Reno, or is there some other town in Nevada?
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Sep 10, 2008 @ 3:56 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Gary51hwd


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There are other towns, but unless you are a really solitude freak or a silver miner, I would suggest one of the two you mentioned......
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Sep 27, 2008 @ 1:10 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Vegan89115


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I do understand your feelings. I have lived here for about a dozen years now and I often have issues with the attitudes of the people. Then I remember that most of the people with attitudes are transplants from somewhere else. I just try to get my business done and get the hell out because there is no air of friendliness or any indication that they might want to help you.

You can say what you want about the mob but corporate took over around here and now the bottom line is the only thing. The mob was much more people orientated.


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Sep 29, 2008 @ 11:26 AM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Gary51hwd


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Sure. Blame the out of towners. Before this was a popular resort, they blamed the military people. Before that, they blamed the Gila Monsters. Before that they blamed the cactus, those prickly bastards.....This place has never been Mayberry USA. Never will be. People are a lot friendlier here than in Miami, so I like it just fine....Yeah, those mob guys were real people people... that's why there are so many shallow graves in the desert....
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Sep 30, 2008 @ 8:37 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Solitaire


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Hey Auto...you might check out Elko, Ely or Tonapah as options.
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Oct 8, 2008 @ 7:53 AM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
ToucherinSparks


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Or better yet, stay up there in Michigan with the rest of the steers and queers, we don't want you polluting Nevada with yourself.


See, I'm a people person!
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Oct 8, 2008 @ 12:30 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Solitaire


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GLOL!
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Oct 8, 2008 @ 10:55 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
starchild888


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yup and so are steers, queers, birds, bees...and all sorts of feathered, furred, or other various faerie types of creatures..... oh yeah and lets not forget the Mormons....who are mostily hostile to anyone who is not LDS...but that's anywhere, not just Vegas.
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Oct 9, 2008 @ 9:40 AM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
ToucherinSparks


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Yeah, Mormons and all those other religion nuts can bite me too.
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Oct 9, 2008 @ 2:23 PM Does Las Vegas seem hostile to the locals to you ?    
Hunkybeans


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It's not just Las Vegas. But, this town is filling with miscreants. The streets are so full of homeless, you can barely get go to a convenience store without being hit up for cash. I work with the public, and I can tell you there is a growing percentage that do not know right from wrong. Las Vegas is a completely different town that it was when I moved here over 30 years ago. Still more plusses than minuses, though. But, when the water runs out (which is happening), good luck!
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