Daily Archives: April 12, 2009

Guns ‘n Beer Sin City Showdown

Like to get away from it all?  Have a brewskie and try your luck at video poker?  Now you can get all that and – if you’re really feeling lucky – a new 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun to call your own and have some good clean fun!  drinkingguns

The O’Aces Bar & Grill in Las Vegas, 4955 S. Decatur Blvd., is amping up their promotions campaign to lure in a new caliber of customers in our knee-deep recession.   They’re offering a smokin’ 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun as their jackpot to any video poker customer that is lucky enough to hit two royal flush bullseyes within a month.  That’s right.

The spirited promotion is stirring up a whirlwind of controversy, even for a city that sees and does it all.  Some say it’s downright dangerous, providing a legal license to kill.  Bar management quickly counters, saying they’re just being innovative and trying anything they can to survive, adding “it’s our right to bear arms.”  

So far, their innovative new business promotion is  proving to be a silver bullet killer- they’re bringing in customers they’ve never seen before. 

No word on what President Obama is planning to do to curb the proliferation of such handguns.

Win two royals and a scantily clad cocktail waitress just slings you the shiny gun from under the bar and you pack out the heat ?  Wrong.   Instead, the winning,  albeit most likely tipsy gambler receives a voucher that they then take to a gun store, pass a background check, pay the license fees- then pack the heat.    

And, yesiree, there are some other strings attached:  Gamblers need to plunk down at least a buck twenty-five and they must be active O’Aces rewards club members. 

Hurry, don’t miss out on this gunslinging action.  There’s still time to win.  Several of their customers have won one royal flush, but not two of the winning hands- yet. 

Bottoms up!

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Las Vegas Workers’ Rights Symposium

A workers’ rights pow-wow in Las Vegas?  Surely, you jest, right?  It’s amazing to Las Vegas Backstage Access that in a city located smack-dab in a Right to Work state there is any concern for the rights of worker bees that are not already part of a collective labor union.  The employer has long ruled the roost in Las Vegas.

That mindset is now being challenged as a five-year-old coalition of private and public organizations, called EMPLEO, or Employment Education Outreach, assemble for their first event ever to enable Las Vegas workers to learn about their rights. 

Prior annual events in Las Vegas have focused solely on employer issues.  Until now.  Such an event for workers in our valley has been lacking for, supposedly, want of a space to hold it, at least according to Silvia Salazar, investigator with the Las Vegas office of the Labor Department. 

The timing couldn’t be better given Las Vegas’ current economic situation.

The event is from 9 a.m. to noon on April 18 at the Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave.  Info: 702-388-6001.

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