Thursday, May 19, 2005

Why I Hate Las Vegas

For years everyone told me I should go to Las Vegas, even my mother (she thought I'd like the neon signs). Two years ago I went, and I don't intend to return. The Strip is like a four-mile-long bar full of smoking, drunk, obnoxious idiots. Among the most irritating people are the guys passing out cards for escort services. They get in your face constantly, especially if you're a man walking alone. Every ten feet there was another guy snapping a card at me, his arm reaching across my path. I am a purposeful walker, and at first I enjoyed simply bulldozing their arms out of my way. But after an hour of that, it was all I could do to restrain myself from punching them. Repeatedly. Until the Strip ran red with the bl... Oh, never mind.

The Chicago Tribune has a story online that portrays their tale as the struggle of immigrants. While I am sympathetic to those who come here to do the dirty or back-breaking jobs we don't want to do ourselves for lousy pay, I can't muster any support for the card snappers. Fruit pickers and Wal-Mart janitors serve an important role in maintaining our spoiled American lifestyle, but I can't say the same for these guys.

The article says the ACLU has defended them in the name of free speech. That's fine, but there should be stricter laws governing their behavior. I don't deny escort services the right to advertise, but the card flickers are just annoying. What amazes me is that they actually attract enough clients to earn their admittedly meager pay. I mean, I know why the business attracts customers, but I don't see why anyone would hire the escorts advertised in this intrusive way when there are many more to choose from in the free ad papers (Vegas has hundreds of newspaper boxes full of them) or even the phonebook. Is hiring an escort really such an impulse purchase that people don't think of it unless it is literally shoved in their faces?
I was on my way to see Celine Dion at Caesar's Palace or maybe the water show at the Bellagio, but then this kid jumped in my face and snapped a card at me. I thought, heck, I'd just blow this wad of dough in the casino anyway, so why not get an escort instead? Thanks, kid. I never would have considered this entertainment option without your helpful input. You just made my night!

I wouldn't open a checking account at a bank where someone stood outside and snapped business cards in my face. I also wouldn't support a business responsible for so much litter in the street. But then again, somebody is making it worthwhile for e-mail spammers to continue filling my inbox with offers for mortgages, pharmaceuticals, wild teens, and body part enhancement products. Maybe the problem isn't the card flickers. It's the idiot consumers who answer their call.

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Anonymous said...

I live in Las Vegas(I've been here 7 years). I can tell you, it does indeed suck. I can't wait until I have enough money for a house in Yorba Linda, CA.

Anonymous said...

I moved here from Nebraska, not by choice, my husband is stationed at Nellis AFB now.

We thought intially it would great. A young couple, no kids, in the town that never stops. Awesome,

After two years here I'm done. Communities are anchored by casino's and nothing else. Hospitals and the education systems are leagues behind the population growth, which increases something like 5000 people every month.

I find myself traveling at every opportunity and begging my friends to let me visit, just to get a break from this hell hole.

Everything is transiante, nobody stays in Vegas, so it feels like the nations dumping ground for broken dreams and shattered intentions. Investers from California come in buses and snatch up new homes, even offering to buy complete subdivisions. Making a 1400sq ft home sell for 250K which is absurd.

And did I mention there is no real entertainment. There is a one a month art tour called First Friday's and NO community theatre. Everything is dumbed down strip shows, I mean shows on "the strip".

*Sigh* We have another two years here. Wish me luck.

Anonymous said...

I feel ya!I moved here from New Orleans after Katrina with an open mind & realistic (not high) hopes.Well 4 months have gone by & I have spent them trying to escape as well.Constantly traveling home & to visit other hurricane scattered friends on the west coast, the mere thought of returning to Las Vegas after a trip makes me vomit.It is a cultureless suburban wasteland.And I look forward to the day the town runs out of water & the people are forced to face the real world with everyone else.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean when you say you feel like vomiting when you have to return. I feel that way everytime I visit somewhere else and have to come back here. Even on planes I can always tell when we hit Vegas airspace without looking. I get that sick, heavy feeling and it feels like someone is pouring the most intense rage all over me. Fortunately, I don't have to be here much longer. I can't wait to put this place and everything in it far behind me.

Anonymous said...

I just got back to Tampa Bay from Vegas late late Friday night. I am a person who loves to plan and think about vacation for months if not years. I had this trip planned for over a year and was looking forward to a new place. We first flew into LA for a few days of sight seeing and family. We then drove over to Vegas which was the best part of the entire vacation. We stayed @ TI where we met up with the rest of my family and my wife's mother. I knew almost as soon as I got there that I was going to hate it. I was right and after about 12 hours of being there told my wife my desire to go home or jump in front of a bus. The whole place is a over kill of sex and gambling! Hey, I live in Tampa which is the capital of strip clubs and I enjoy the hell out of them but Vegas was just too much of everything! I did go to downtown Vegas and the Hoover Dam which I did enjoy very much. My wife thought I was crazy that I didn't have a good time but it's just not for me. I'll take a cruise of a beach and water any day over that mess of a city!

Anonymous said...

I finally returned to this page to read the comments after posting mine. I'm the above Nellis AFB wife.

Man, do I feel 10 times better after reading you'alls posts.

My annoyance with Las Vegas is in Full Hatred mode. I'm with you all. It takes hours to get anywhere in this town--the traffic is insane and this place isn't even that big!! I have to pack a lunch if I'm going across town.

Nothing works right in this town. Try calling to schedule a simple doctors appt. Insanity! They put you on hold the minute you call, then they get back ask you what you need, then put you on hold again, then they return and answer the phone, "Blah...Blah...office, how can I help you?" #*&#&$ You were just helping me!! "Oh, oops, what did you need again."

At this point, the seas are parting and the sky is raining frogs, cause you've just witnesses the fall of mankind.

I'm doing whatever is neccessary to get the hell out of hell. Some friend of mine live in Chi-town and have plenty of space, so for a low rent they offered to have me live with them. Especially while my hubby is in Iraq.

Take care everyone. And thats to the host for giving us a small place to vent!! Your the best.

David Johnsen said...

I'm happy to oblige, though I never thought this blog entry would turn into the Internet's unofficial Las Vegas complaint site!

I think you'll like it here in Chicago. We have the culture and community that Vegas lacks. Come soon because summer here is the best.

Good luck, and best wishes for a safe return for your husband.

Kyle said...

I have re-written this comment several times in an attempt to express the deep feeling of discust that I feel towards Las Vegas. There is no way that I can do so and keep this post short. Nothing here exists for a purpose other than to exploit all that can be exploited for profit. I can't wait to go home.

Anonymous said...

I also moved here from Nebraska (against my better judgement) when my husband got a new job. It's been six months now, and I find Las Vegas to be without any culture, class, or sophistication. The absence of higher arts amazes me. I've lost brain cells by seeing shows on the Strip.

Anonymous said...

I moved here from CA by choice. The warmer climate is better for my aching joints, and I am tired of not being able to afford a house in CA despite making twice the average income in CA. Luckily my work goes with me as I work from my home office in a brand new home I bought on a golf course. With the money I saved, I bought a new car too so I can look good going up the hill to my new home.

But that is where the perks end. If I want to go to the movies, the three nearest movie theaters are located in Casinos. I smoke, but recently I had to excuse myself from a poker tournament because the smoke was overwhelming. This, despite the fact that we were supposedly playing in a non-smoking area. I went to the strip once, and I too wanted to break the limbs of those sex ad pushers, and got tired of being propositioned by she-males and hookers alike. I like organic foods, and hate that there are only two such places I can go to, both requiring a planned field trip because it takes nearly an hour to get to the other side of town. I tried going to the casinos late in the evening and met up with locals who all told me their broken dreams stories while feeding the BJ or Pai Gow table more of their rent money. I looked at AOL City Search to find a decent Pizza and Hamburger and the City voted Pizza Hut and In N Out as their favs...wow. Culture? This place is the anti-culture, substituting the iridescent glow of neon for the color and couture that culture could bring.

Luckily I have a back up plan in place. Living on a golf course, I can reasonably expect to turn a profit in a couple of years in a market that really is dealing more with surplus at this point. As Nevada ranks dead last in Education (HS Grads going on to earn College Degrees), I do not want my future children to be here. This is definitely a transitional center for single people. Get in, get your jollies, and leave it behind you. It seems like everyone who is a permanent resident here has a dream about leaving this place, so why I should I be different.

Funny that Chi-Town was mentioned, because that is my contingency plan. Once I build enough equity to qualify for a "nice" home in Chi-Town, I am there....cool jazz, great hot dogs, stuffed pizzas, smokin ribs, professional sports teams, and actual seasons during the year....yeah, that sounds really good right now.

Anonymous said...

Yeah i lived in Vegas for a couple of years not really by choice it was either get kicked out of my parents house or go work with my grandparents in vegas (i chose vegas) It is one of the most corrupt, dirty, nasy citys that i have ever been in. Every time you read the Las Vegas Review Journal theres a local figure head getting head from a stripper so a strip club can keep its license a little longer, so corrupt so dirty. Not to mention the weather you have fall and summer thats it, and no humidity to speak of. You walk outside and you can acually feel your skin drying in place. On top of that the people that live there either are extremly rude and dont give a damn about anyone but themselves or cry about there wasted life. Ill tell you one thing i will never date a Las Vegas girl again, they all seem to care about nothing more then themselves and whats best for them. Atleast i can say that i moved back to California a few years ago. I go back to visit but only to vist and i leave as soon as i cant take it anymore. (I enjoyed reading everyones post and i know exactly how you all feel, and dont worry you will get out of that hell hole some day).

Anonymous said...

We moved here 14 yrs. ago as hubby got a job offer and couldn't find any jobs elsewhere so we took it. I thought it would be temporary until we could find something else. Well husband seems to like it here and doesn't even try to get out and we've already had our family and they're almost raised up here, they like it too. I'm the only one who thinks there is no culture, no seasons except summer and the fall isn't even pretty, just a cooler version of summer. Now we've bought a new house that cost us almost our souls. I think we're staying all our lives here, I'll just have to trust God for the afterlife to get out of this pit.

Sick Of Vegas said...

What I hate most is the "What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas" crap... My spouse is a Vegas addict, and just cant see it, or just doesn't care? My spouse will often come up with crap like "Oh I forgot to tell you, Im going to Vegas in the morning. What the hell is that all about, wait, I don't really want to know.

Margot said...

I really am torn by reading these comments. Many years ago, after my dad died, Mom moved from Long Island to Vegas. I really needed to be near the only person in the world that I really loved. So I followed her. I was 19.

I was the consummate soft Easter Bunny type and got a protracted and hellish indoctrination to casino work and ethics. But I was also persistent enough to get a workable degree from UNLV. It took awhile. We were poor. And everything seemed to be hard there. From the water, on down to the people. Dreams were shattered, but one still lived. I would go back home one day.

With my Mom having passed away years back, and myself never having found a mate among the crap dealers, when I inherited part of my uncle's Long Island home ,I lingered a bit, then returned. I cried for happiness at the sights, the smells and the friendly people. All evoked warm childhood memories. But my cousin, with whom I'd have to share the home, disliked me, and still does. Just for having lived in Vegas, or for getting half the house. Not sure.

This month, 3 years into being on Long Island, 'it's not Vegas'. There's soot, spiders,leaves, weeds,ice crusted windshields, snowbanks, no mechanics that really know how to fix a transmission and garbagemen who don't pick up grass clippings. And my cousin gets territorial and grumpy. But there are also Christmas trees, Sunday church an dinners, Halloween kids and picking peaches and the beautiful seasons! And rain. And more friends than I made in all my years in Vegas. And I tend to laugh at the same things they do.

I'm slowly become a human being again. I don't know how to explain it.

This week I'm getting ownership in a Vegas house that a realtor friend of mine was selling at an excellent price. It was only supposed to be for a rental. An investment. But My cousin was Mr. Grump with me today, so I toyed with the idea of actually moving back to Vegas. I even called one of my old workplaces there. They'd hire me in a minute. But something kept gnawing at me.

I typed in 'I hate Las Vegas' to search the web to see if anyone else might have had the same thoughts and feelings I had had and still have about the city, and your site came up. Everything I've read here seems like it came from my lips hundreds, perhaps thousands of times when I was in Vegas. Like a bad mantra. Thankyou for making me remember. I'll stick with Long Island and my doynker cousin.

Anonymous said...

I find Las Vegas complete lack of culture and taste. When somebody handed me a "rent-a-girl" flyer to me while my mother was walking 5 yards behind (even though at that time I was a single guy) I began to have this disgusting feeling. It was not aim toward the person who is handing out the flyers (he is just doing a job), it was more toward the general atmosphere. At that moment, I wish me and my mother were in Edinburgh Scotland. So you ask, why am I there? It was a group vacation with some of my parents' friends. I never been there. Whether I will go back, will depend on the situation.

Anonymous said...

I find Las Vegas complete lack of culture and taste. When somebody handed me a "rent-a-girl" flyer to me while my mother was walking 5 yards behind (even though at that time I was a single guy) I began to have this disgusting feeling. It was not aim toward the person who is handing out the flyers (he is just doing a job), it was more toward the general atmosphere. At that moment, I wish me and my mother were in Edinburgh Scotland. So you ask, why am I there? It was a group vacation with some of my parents' friends. I never been there. Whether I will go back, will depend on the situation.

Anonymous said...

I hate this place. I can't really get a job with decent pay here unless I'm 21+(I'm 18). The public transportation here sucks. The nearest bus stop next to me is about 2hrs away(on foot). Bless the military for accepting me in because I am soon getting the hell outta here!

Anonymous said...

I agree with all the comments. Las Vegas is an unfriendly city. The saying "its not what you know, it is who you know" rings real loud for me. My first job in Las Vegas was a 5 star hotel on the strip. I was hired on the spot at a job fair. Little did I know that when I wrote a letter to Employee Relations because of how my schedule was "not handled" I ruffled some feathers. I didn't quite understand the politics in this city. I am a former government employee and what I did seem completely reasonable and within my rights. Long story short, evertime I turned around a letter for unsatisfactory performance was going in my file. I am 55 years old and have worked my entire life and have never been fired from my employment. Well, it took coming to Vegas to do that. What's more, my boss gave me a hug when she fired me.

Anonymous said...

I'am orginally from Albuquerque NM, I've Lived in Las Vegas for 5 Years. I can honestly say THANK GOD FOR THIS POST. This goes out to anyone who is thinking of moving here. Don't Do it !!!!, I swear it will be the biggest mistake of your life. I moved to Las vegas with a little bit of innocence in me, well that's gone. I've never seen a place so materialistic,corrupt,selfish, and political. I'll put it this way when you first move here, your a sheep with innocence. Unknowing of all the wolves, and most importantly, wolves in sheeps clothing. You can't trust a soul here. I agree with there being no culture, and people being rude. This people worship money that's all there care about, they have no morals. You truely know your living in hell when the city of Las Vegas passed a law making it illegal to feed homeless. You can actually go to jail for that. To all the people that say oh it's all preception bullshit this is reality. In my option vegas eats your soul, I'll be out of this shithole hopefully by June, just when it's about to get hot.

Anonymous said...

I just got back from a family vacation in las vegas for christmas. we went for nearly 2 weeks as i have a brother in a wheel chair and we are from ~London, so it was really for him as the wheel chair facilities are great. I have never hated a place so much in all my life. It is like the worst of humanity in one place: all plus sized velour tracksuit wearing starbucks guzzlings faux hedonists walking around thinking they are free beacuse they can drink a cocktail on the strip adn play a slot. The buffets were the best. It was like that scene in the animated movie Spirited Away where the greedy parents turn in to pigs as they stuff their faces. The whole place made me ill. I felt like i was trapped at an airport and my flight had been cancelled. I will never go back and be near such greedy, phony, seedy gross people. Anyone who thinks Vegas is like in the movies etc will be very much mistaken. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas- God forbid it pollutes the rest of the world.

Anonymous said...

This town has turned me into a shut in and have only lived here for three years. The local bars are all the same and all suck. Nobody is talking or trying to meet new people because they are staring at the glow of the video poker machines. I try to avoid contact with the people of Vegas because there is no doubt that the majority of people in this town are self-absorbed. For anyone thinking of moving here for excitement or to try something new, DON'T DO IT! The excitement lasts about six months before you realize how much this city is worth.

Anonymous said...

I have a warning for people thinking about going into the gaming industry. Don't move to Vegas! I know that sounds strange but this town sucks and will suck you in. You will make good money living in one of the worst cities in America. It is very tough to leave once you have moved here.

Anonymous said...

WOW! There are others who think like I do. I went to Vegas in the 1980's when I was 20 something and thought it was awesome, probably because I could win $100 or more on slots everytime I turned around. Then I took my husband in 1999. It wasn't the same, and I didnt' really care to go back anymore. "Seen it - done it". Unfortunately my husband thought differently and now he's one of those people who "Love Las Vegas". I have no clue why! We went again last year and it was all I could do to leave my hotel room. I was so depressed! Everything looks the freaking same. Neon this neon that. Everyone is like zombies walking around oohing and ahhing at the same crap at every turn. And taking pictures of it too, mind you! What for?! The only good thing about Vegas is the Cirque productions. Thats it. Period. I get bored with Vegas in less than a day. It's so freaking un-natural. I'm glad I"m not the only one who feels this way about "Sin City" (and other stupid names it is called). Unfortunately, the spouse wants to go back again "real soon". God help me!!!!!!! Then I get bitched at for being a party pooper because No... I don't want to walk another mile and see yet another neon sign and No.. I don't want to walk into yet another casino and ooh and ahh over all the crap in it. Because IT ALL LOOKS THE SAME TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!

Programmer #A-5 said...

I'm not going to read all of the comments, but I will say Las Vegas sucks major ass!

I was raised in Las Vegas, and it was a Conservative, sleepy desert town. But now . . .

Firstly, the damn Mexicans come in with the damn Californians and turned our wonderfully low tax haven into one of the highest taxed regions in the US! Why? Because they're Marxists who think they can spend, spend, spend without a consequence in the world. Hey, that money's gotta come from somewhere. Do they tax the casinos? Nope, they tax the people.

Secondly, the desert. As a child, I played in the desert with all of the other neighborhood children. You could get anywhere between Sunset Road and Cheyenne Avenue within ten minute drive. A mountain bike was a must, as you could ride it over anywhere. And this also leads into it being a small, midwest town. We all went to same malls, same churches, same movie theaters. We all knew each other. Also, our TV stations were heavily pro-Las Vegas. Today, it's all the same on TV. The desert is gone, too. Turned into this suburb of Los Angeles.

Thirdly, I'll just rant from here.

How could a sleepy desert town that the casinos took care of become so terrible? In a recent episode of CSI, the CSIs bashed how Las Vegas has become. So do I. I love Las Vegas, like the way a person loves his siblings or a wife, or a pet, whatever. I need Las Vegas to survice. Until one day, I woke up, and it wasn't the town I grew up in. Since I speak English, I'm not "allowed" to go to the Boulevard Mall, since it's a Mexican-dominated neighborhood. Then Cafe Copioh was firebombed by the CCFD for "reasons uknown", and then Cafe Roma closed, too. The Red Rock Theater was torn down, Torrey Pines Cinema was converted to a Goodwill store (not a bad thing, but I miss the theater), the WOW! store closed recently, people in Summerlin drive to work in Henderson while the Marxist scum that are Henderson drives to Summerlin. The parks are now home to the "homeless", crime is out of control, the Mafia left (I wish they'd come back), the hookers all have AIDS, my school's be remodeled, and the trails inside of Red Rock Canyon are ruined, unable to be used because of wear and tear. This isn't the town I grew up in. Tower Records on Maryland and Flamingo is gone. The river that flows underneath Maryland Parkway near Flamingo is concreted up, preventing the wildlife to live, and preventing people like my buddy who got pushed into that river, with a city-famous quote among the locals, "For a second, I thought I was going to make it!" Scandia recently closed, too, as did Wet 'n' Wild . . . and Mary K's Arcade is also gone.

So, where do I hang out with people when I want to show 'em something? My step-dad and uncles show me everything they had growing up. It's all there in LA and San Francisco. In Las Vegas, there ain't jack!

I hate "Vegas, Baby", NV. I like Las Vegas, NV. My dusty, sleepy, Mafia town.

BTW: Now I live in Pahrump, NV. Loving it. It's sleepy, dusty, and the Herbst and Hafen families control everything. Also, we're the town that made English the only language in our township. We hate the Mexicans, and we really give hell to Californians. It doesn't matter if you disagree with me or not, I grew up in Las Vegas, and I need Las Vegas. I know what I'm talking about. Las Vegas is my life.

But Vegas is gone.

Anonymous said...

It's good to see I'm not alone. I moved here solely for a job. I was living in Philly (which I love) making an indecent amount of money for someone with a master's degree. I'm making more money here, but never felt more bored in my life. At least in Philly I had the train for public transportation, friendly people, and culture. I could also drive to other major cities within 2 hrs. It costs too much to fly out of this city. And did I mention there's no culture? I plan on entering a doctoral program in Chicago in Fall 2008 and I am basically in count down mode....It feels good to complain.

Anonymous said...

Oh thank God, I'm not alone. I just moved here 3 weeks ago from Portland, Oregon....and I HATE this awful place. I typed in "I hate Las Vegas" into the google search engine and this is how I found all of you. This place is so strip mall/white trash/overbearingly hot (it's frickin' APRIL and it's in the mid-90's). I could go on but it seems like everybody covered all the bases. Wait! I know: they have public service announcements on the radio & t.v. discouraging people from driving on non paved roads -- no kidding. It's called "keep the dust down", and it's a bona fide PSA. I HATE THIS TOWN, GOD PLEASE KILL ME. I can't wait until November when this project ends and I can move back home or somewhere else. I dread July & August......thanks for letting me vent. I feel better

Anonymous said...

I've been here since late Sept. '06 and have discovered Vegas is not for me. People out here are uncivilized probably because their in so much shock at how fast the city has grown. Where do I start? I moved from here from So. California and have learned Nevada Drivers are in la-la land. They don't know how to drive on freeways or the surface streets to maintain a constant flow on the road. Also, what is the deal with all the freeway construction? I see heavy machinery just sitting dormant on the sides and contractors not really doing anything; construction firms are milking NDOT bigtime as there is no real progress on the freeway construction. I'd never buy a house here and if I did I probably be stuck here the rest of my life. There really is not sense of community in the neighborhoods. No openspace recreation area and if there is they are private greenways and golf courses. Also, about 2 months ago a unit in my apt. complex was staked out by the cops and turns out that it was a meth. lab. Workers in white chem. outfits and masks and a mobile chem. lab were set up in the parking lot with bright lights and the marshalls questioning some people in handcuffs. And the area I live in is fairly new in the southwest part of the city. I'm bailing back to so. cal. as soon as I can. There is a total lack of culture which is common with hillbillies and native nevadans are the desert equivalent. One other thing, if you want to rot your brain watch the local news. The top news story 'bout 4 months ago was about a stolen puppy from a pet store. The stories they cover do not have any depth; there aren't any interesting stories or topics that can let you expand your horizons. This town has a small town mentality with one single thing going for it; the casinos. No parks. No authentic culture. No smaller concentrated outlying communities beyond that offer diversity beyond the fakeness of the strip. The locals are rude; their essentially upright walking desert rats. And the govt. officials are even more bias, predjudice, and corrupt than those in other major cities. Although I have a registered vehicle and a drivers license and a job in this town, I still consider myself a tourist on vacation. Look forward to the day I load the moving truck and watch the high rises shrink in the rear view mirror when I'm heading to back to civilization.

Alicia Maria said...

I guess I'll join everyone who posts here about how they hate Vegas. We went for a friend's wedding and I will never return to that city again. The whole city has this oppressive atmosphere and I felt crappy the whole time I was there. It was a huge sigh of relief to leave... and the funny thing is, I didn't even indulge in all the typical things people do - sex, alcohol, gambling, etc. I'll never, ever go back.

Anonymous said...

Greetings. I promise that I will NEVER EVER return to Las Vegas. My wife and I just returned today after a week long stay for our 1st wedding anniversary. She had been once before, and this was my first time. As I read in an earlier reply, Vegas is nothing more than an overkill of gambling, sex, and rudeness. The guys passing out the escort service cards didn't get in my way as much I guess because my wife was with me, but those damned salesmen trying to get us to buy timeshares really annoyed the heck out of us. I had to step back and count to 10 to avoid dropping the gloves (hocky phrase:) on one of the more rude and aggressive salemen. Definately not a place for romance...and I hate that we went there for our anniversary. One plus was going on a tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Viva Las Vegas? Hmmm no...Vegas sucks!

Anonymous said...

Wow . . . and I thought it was just me! I'm so glad to see that I'm not crazy and that so many others feel the same overwhelming decline of humanity. I came out with my husband, he's got a better job but at the cost of my sanity and now I'm so totally depressed and hate it so much here. There is absolutely zero quality of life in Las Vegas.

Anonymous said...

We've been here ten months and are moving back East in seven days. This city is gross...a morally bankrupt, dirty cesspool of soul-less individuals with no values or ethics. I have had it. With rude behavior, crappy drivers, dishonesty, oscar goodman's martini lapel pin, and rotten-to-the-core political leaders who couldn't "lead" if their lives depended on it. The more dishonest you are here, the more successful you'll be. Goodbye. Good Riddance.

Anonymous said...

Hi all, so funny that I found this blog the same way as others. Simply typing in 'I hate las vegas' into google.

I moved here two years ago from tahoe because I work in the casino biz and wanted to advance my career. What better place than vegas? I also couldn't afford a house there and could here. Plus year round sunshine, sounded great!

Well, the career advancement has certainly happened. So has the house. So has the sunshine. So why am I not happy?

The environment here is horrible. Soul sucking. One big strip mall. I see shows about vegas on TV and you could never tell what part of the city they're in because it is all the same.

No one walks here. How can you? The sprawling strip malls run for miles and there is no place nice to walk to anyway. Public transportation is horrible. The only exception is the strip, there you dodge tourists, bums and 'porn hander outers' snapping their smut and shoving it under your nose.I also am from portland OR like a previous poster. That town is the polar opposite. Friendly, cultured, oozes character, tons of things to do that don't involve a casino. Rains too much though.

I was pretty social in my old town. Now I don't want to leave the house. Why bother? Every local bar is the same, video poker, TV and pool tables. Old barflys that gamble and drink to kill whatever pain they're killing. You're considered into outdoor activities if you golf. Or you could go to the casino clubs and enjoy waiting in line for half an hour for the priveledge or sucking down a few $12 cocktails and being bumped into by assholes and people so drunk they can hardly stand.

Everyone's biggest interest seems to be money. Everyone has some kind of scheme or scam or small minded plan. I've made next to no friends here. Why? Because what would we talk about? Gambling? How much money their new car cost them? How much money they're gonna make when so and so happens? Whether they'll lose their job because whatever just got bought or sold? I don't care.

How about the new local band that is playing at the neighborhood pub? How about the new exhibit at the art museum? How about floating down a slow river on rafts? Or camping in a spot away from crowds, or mountain biking in the woods, or going to the beach? Wait, you can't do any of that stuff in vegas, can you??!

It sounds just like bitching from people that are bitter. I'm not a bitter person at all, or at least I wasn't much of one till I moved here. On paper there are lots of cool things about vegas. Jobs, sun, partying, attractions. In reality the town and its utter lack of compassion, culture or real entertainment grinds away at your nerves and your soul.

I am about halfway towards my career goals. Just need a year or two to build more experience and resume power. Then I am getting the hell out of dodge and renting my house to some poor soul who made the same mistake as me in moving here.

Anonymous said...

So there are others who hate this town as much as I. We were supposed to move to the mountains in Colorado, a dream of mine since I was a teen. But my husband said Las Vegas had more to offer. What a joke.

The healthcare system out here sucks. It takes months to get an appointment, and no one has evening or Saturday hours. After having diagnostic tests, I had to wait 3 weeks for an appointment to speak with the doctor about the results.

Your food choices are high end at the casinos, buffet at the casinos, or low end chain restaurants. It's almost impossible to find good pizza, Italian beef, or ribs.

For the same price as our house in the Midwest, we got 1/3 less square feet, no front yard, and a lot that is smaller than our old driveway. I can hear people in their back yards 2 blocks over. Our house value has decreased $40,000 in one year. From what I've read, it will decrease another 7-10% next year.

People brag about no state income tax. However, car registration is 5 times more expensive and insurance is 3 times more expensive than my previous residence. The unemployment rate is lower than the national average, but the majority of the jobs are minimum wage positions related to gaming, hotel, or food & beverage.

When I ask how people tolerate the heat, they say they stay inside where it's air conditioned. So how does that translate to better weather than staying inside when it's snowing? At least you can bundle up in a comfy sweater in the cold weather. The dry air is miserable for your skin and hair.

As others have mentioned, there is no sense of community. Littering is rampant, whether it is the Strip or outskirts. What do people think happens to gum they drop on the parking lot pavement when it's 110 degrees out? There is a low volunteer rate. These are the worst drivers I have ever seen. I am frankly scared to drive for the first time in my life.

My husband said there would be so much to do. Well, we'd done it all on vacations here. You either go out in the heat to Red Rock or Valley of Fire or you go to a casino.

We have a beautiful country. Why anyone would pick this desolate desert as a permanent residence eludes me. My husband seems to like it, and I still don't know why. I have hated every day here and will continue to hate Las Vegas until the day I die or move. No, I don't bring it up to my husband and "nag" him about it. He made it clear this was where he wanted to live, so that's where we are. At least I can post my comments and read yours, knowing that just because we live here doesn't mean we love this city of doom.

Anonymous said...

I'm the Portland, Oregon guy who last posted on April 5th (above). It's now July 1st, and I'm at the end of my rope. I've got 5 more months of this hell hole, and the only way I can think of managing to cope is to escape town every weekend -- which I regularly do. It's a 3 1/2 hour drive to LA, one way, and I go almost every weekend.

I've had about a dozen friends come to Vegas in the almost 4 months that I've lived here....they almost always show up during the middle of the work week and they ALWAYS stay on the goddamned strip. I HATE GOING TO THE STRIP, and only do so when I'm dragged there to meet an out-of-town friend. The Strip is chock full of stupid gawking tourists who are taking pictures of blinking lights and water fountains....ugh! Get a life! Want to REALLY see the Eiffel Tower? GO TO THE "REAL" PARIS!

My Oregon license plate registration tags expired yesterday, and I'm actually driving back to Portland tomorrow to go through DEQ and to pick up a new set of stickers for my plates. People think I'm doing that to save money on registration: trust me, I'm not. It's basically a wash when you consider the fuel prices for my SUV and the time it takes to actually drive the 2,000+ mile round trip to Portland and back. My reasoning for doing this is twofold: First, I want to get as many personal effects out of my sublet condo here in Vegas and back into my dusty, cool basement in Portland as I possibly can. Second (and most importantly), there is NO WAY I want to have Nevada license plates on my car! My life here is just temporary, and I'll be damned if I do anything to contradict that constant reminder that I give to myself.

Having said all this, I did find a few bright spots that I should share with you other Vegas-haters. If you hate going to the bars here (ALL bars in Vegas seem to AT LEAST have video poker at the bar with a bunch of zombies staring down at the screen punching buttons), then I've got a hot tip for you. I actually found 3 bars downtown that offer a casual atmosphere, all with either a great juke box or bartender-played CDs, with NO GAMING AT ALL, and zero tourists frothing for sex or slot machines: the Griffen on Fremont, just a few feet south of LV Blvd., the Beauty Bar, just a few feet further south of the Griffen, and the Downtown Bar, around the corner on LV Blvd. I've actually talked to the cool, tatooed owner at the Downtown Bar and said, "you know, your place is refreshing and reminds me of home". He said (swear to God) "where are you from, Portland Oregon? Because that's the city that inspired me for this bar". I cried tears of joy. OK, so you ain't gonna get any free drinks because you're playing video poker, and you might not be able to enjoy a riveting conversation with a drunk asshole tourist who wants to know where the "best titty bars are". Sure you're gonna pay a little more for your drink (like 7 or 8 bucks, ok?), but it's well worth it to be away from the riff raff and white trash. Plus the bartenders are all friendly and take a moment to chat, a lot of the people inside have piercings and tatoos (I have neither, but I like being around that type of crowd -- it oozes "anti-establishment"), and your fellow patrons are better educated and can offer up interesting chatter and discussion.

Missing Cleveland said...

I want to blow my brains out. This place sucks. I came from a town with tons of history, culture and people who knew the area. I have yet to meat someone who was born and raised here and I am begining to figure out why... Once you spend a month in this Hell Hole you pretty much want to jump in front of a taxi on the 215. What happened to my life! 3 years left and counting the days. I need a support group.

Missing Cleveland said...

I meant "MEET".

Anonymous said...

Born and raised in Las Vegas... and I have to agree.
I remember when this was a small town - I remember when people were nice. When I was in high school, a busboy was able to get their childs prom dinner comped. Health care was great, schools were good and we honestly often forgot to lock the door (in the 70's). It all changed when the casinos went corporate. Most have them have made deals with deals devil on health insurance. They all use Fremont and Sierra who have destroyed health care in Nevada. Dr.Corey Brown and Dr.Tony Marlin will rot in hell for what they have done. FYI..most of the higher casino execs have " the exec plan that is not given to the workers" Their plans are great ... since they works so much harder, then lets say a cocktail server who is on her feet all day.
And look at Harrah's - the CEO lives in Boston. This is one of largest employers in the state, and his kids don't go to school here... so he is concerned about boston not vegas. He never goes to community events...much less a childs soccer game. Why should he care about the crime rate or the lack of culture, let them eat cake.
Once again... if the CEO's would get involved Las Vegas could get better
Until the CEO's care, Vegas will continue to go down the tubes. I do think they will care when the crime rate is so high that it hurts the bottom line. (The Murrens of the MGM do get involved, but one family is not enough, although they have made a big difference - but wouldn't it be great if the others would take note)
Sadly..Las Vegas will continue to be a place not unlike hell. And yes I am bitter.. I would like a nice place to raise my family and will continue to be bitter until it changes.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE ALL OF YOU! Ive lived in Lost Wages for about 3 years now. Growing up in So Cal & Utah I developed a love for being outside. Here you can only be out doors for 15 min. max. The music suck, tourists suck, locals suck, drivers suck, there is no sense of community. Everything is fake, tacky glamour BULLSHIT and I HATE HATE HATE it.If I dont find a way put of here soon Im jumping off of the stratosphere. Whos with me. HMMM and I used to such a nice young man.

Anonymous said...

Never in my life have I seriously considered suicide before I was transfered here for work. I've been here 6 months and, after going to California over the weekend (where I moved from), I had a nervous breakdown at the prospect of coming back.

There is, plain and simple, nothing to do other than drink or gamble. There is not a single coffee house not emblazened with a Starbucks logo, not a single art-house theater.

But more than anything, the people here are dastardly... I have never in my life encountered so many people so often who entirely lack courtesy or integrity. They will look you straight in the face as they walk in a building and slam the door on you. The drivers here are worse than any I've ever seen. (On my frequent trips to LA and San Diego, driving down the I-15, if anyone pulls a seriously unsafe driving maneuver, 95 percent of the time the car has Nevada plates.

Not only is greed paramount to just about everything, the fact that everyone goes broke here for one reason or another means that everyone is mad all the time. They become so self-absorbed and consumed with how they will come up with the money they owe for whatever it is that there is no space left in their minds to be occupied by thoughts of others. It's very apparent and it's appalling. What I don't understand is that everyone here agrees, but they still try to convince me to give it a chance, I'll "grow to love it." Why on earth would I want to grow to love this? I have a soul.

After only 6 months, I put in my notice at my apartment. I'll be out of here in 1 month and now that I know it's almost over, the utter misery of never leaving the house and not knowing a single soul (and not a single soul knowing me), the weight has been lifted. I'm even moving to a city in which I don't even have a job. That's how bad it is.

Anonymous said...

This is so funny I googled I hate Las Vegas and got this. I have so many reasons to hate Las Vegas, after being here for about a year I realized some thing, I don’t care if this place is located in the middle of the desert or the altitude. Las Vegas is burning hot for a reason, its hell. All sane people even possibly considering moving don’t. You will regret it the second you do it. This truly is the place dreams go to die. Also a degree from UNLV is not worth much outside of Nevada.

Anonymous said...

i also googled "i hate vegas" & stumbled upon this site. every year my husband's family has their reunion there & every year i try to get out of it. well, i thought i hit the jackpot this year because i didn't want to bring our 11 month old daughter, woo-hoo! WRONG! i fibbed & said it was due to our lack of $$ that we couldn't go,so my mom in law offered to pay for our gas, food,lodging....damn it...and hubby still wants to go AND he wants me & the baby to go-laying on the guilt about it's my family who comesout from chicago (we live in l.a.) & they will want to meet the baby,blah blah blah...i'm so sad that once again, i'll be stuck there-ugh

Anonymous said...

Help me get out of this HELL named Las Vegas. It is the worst city on the globe. All of the reasons have already been stated here in this forum. They are 100% true. I have lived here 5 years and have been robbed 2 times . My car tires slashed twice. My car stereo stolen. And last January I was the victim of a home invasion robbery and they killed my wife. PLEASE HEED THESE WARNINGS. Don't ruin your life and move to this horrible town. It will destroy your life.
Thanks for letting me vent.
Rob.

Anonymous said...

i'm the suicidal chick from a week ago....

i'm so sorry to hear about your wife (see above).

that's tragic.

Anonymous said...

Oh thank God for this website. I thought I was being antisocial. Spent 5 days in Las Vegas. I am a 58-year-old grandmother; by the evening of day one I was sitting in a corner of the Mirage casino, on my cell phone, crying to my husband that I hated it and wanted to come home. He told me to take a walk, get outside. I tried that -- the grass and flowers were plastic and there was piped in music everywhere. Are there no birds in this city?? I understand how an autistic child feels -- sensory overload. And why in God's name would so many people bring their children to this wretched city? The grass is phony, the air is phony, the smells and people and plants are phony. The nicest person I met was my Yugoslavian taxi driver who took me to the airport -- I tipped him $20 on a $20 fare, just because he spoke nicely to me. Now, that's pathetic. The hotel said they conserve water by not washing the sheets everyday, but the same hotel sprays mists of water OUTSIDE to cool the transporation arrive/depart area. The BEST part of my trip to Las Vegas was the hour I spent on the plane at the airport gate waiting for a mechanic. At least this plane was heading the right way.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I think even the Internet is a conspiracy. With the amount of money involved, I would not be surprised if sites that say "I Hate Las Vegas" mysteriously disappear.

There are millions of people who hate Las Vegas. All of these comments hold true.

It is a sick, pathetic place designed to rob you of all your hard earned cash. It is pumped up in media, and pumped up all over America to drive people here. It is supposed to be the destination of all for sex, gambling, and booze.

The sex is simply prostitutes with AIDS who want to milk you of your money to serve their crack/cocaine addictions while demanding hundreds of dollars.

The gambling is designed to rob you so badly of your money that you think that you are getting a good deal by waiting around for a beer or two every 15 minutes while you slop down your hundreds of dollars on slot machines.

The booze is self explanatory. Numb your pain. Culture? Forget it. Spend hundreds of dollars on shows that are supposed to 'entertain' and keep you wanting more - It's all a huge gimmick.

I will NEVER go to Las Vegas again and I'm only 23. Cab drivers? Everyone? Greedy as hell. People go out of their way to DEMAND money and tips from you from the moment you leave the airport. It's all about cold hard cash.

It's making me sick to my stomach.

Anonymous said...

I'm dreading going in October, but I already have my plane fare...and I'm flying my mother from Hawaii to be there too. My niece from England is having her 30th birthday party there...she goes every year. Last year I got out of it..this year I have to go because I haven't seen much of my family in the past few years. Three years ago, my hub and I went to his sister's wedding (by Elvis). The best part of LV was the dinner we had at the Bellagio - great service - expensive - $600 for 6 of us! You get what you pay for with meals.

I used to work in Tahoe in casinos, and learned to hate myself for working there. Las Vegas is the worst of the worst though. The energy wasted for lighting is despicable - naturally we all referred to it as Lost Wages. And the water usage! All the hotels - think about all those rooms and bathrooms! Too much waste.

Dreading going...you bet. Luckily my sister has some "other events" planned, like Lake Mead, but I'm so dreading this trip - I don't even really like this part of the family. It's a sacrifice.

I think I'll bring my knitting. Thank you for this site!

Anonymous said...

You all need to get a life. Life is what you make of it wherever you might be. I've lived all over and Vegas is not all that bad. Just stay away from the strip if you don't want to be disgusted w/ the tourist bull shit. What you people need is PROZAC or something.

Anonymous said...

Funny the Las Vegas guy suggests PROZAC. All the people in Las Vegas are addicted to some sort of drug. Whether its booze, prescription meds, or meth. Las Vegas is called the meth capital of the U.S. . How typical. Las Vegas sucks and the losers that live there deserve what they get.

Anonymous said...

HAVING JUST RECENTLY MOVED TO WISCONSIN FROM LIVING IN LAS VEGAS FOR 2 YEARS IV NOTICED 2 THINGS . MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS BACK TO NORMAL AND MY HAIR IS TURNING BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL COLOR. I WORKED AT THE BELLAGIO AS A SECURITY GUARD AND LET ME TELL YOU THE TREAT YA LIKE CRAP . MY RENT 780 PER MONTH IN A BAD NEIBOHRHOOD 135 A MONTH FOR CAR INSURANCE MAKING 15.50PER HOUR . IN WISCONSIN I MAKE 10 PER HOUR BUT HAVE ALOT MORE MONEY TO SPEND MY RENT BEING 385 PER MONTH MY CAR INSURANCE 65 PER MONTH . . HOPEFULLY THIS TOWN WILL RUN OUT OF WATER AND WE ALL GET TO SEE THE ECONOMIC EMPLOSION WILL HAPPEN.

Anonymous said...

My rent in that shitty town called Las Vegas, was 995.00, in the middle of gangland. My electric bill in the summer 275.00. And the pay there sucks , all the jobs are low paying. Las Vegas can eat it.!!!!

Anonymous said...

I hate the state of Nevada and Las vegas. People in Utah are so nice. Las vegas is so dangerious that i dont even stop in the state when driving through. Did you read about the las vegas sewer people a whole community that lives in the sewers under Las Vegas. I hate the marketers for Las Vegas> If your living there in Hell Las Vegas i would suggest moving ASAP go north or east. good luck and my deepest sympathy to anyone who is stuck in Nevada.

Anonymous said...

To the guy who says we need to get a life, and aparently enjoys vegas. I laughed when i read your post. So your saying after 50 people posts there experiences and all were negative, we all need prozac. This is the I hate Las Vegas blog FYI, maybe your in the wrong blog try typing in I love Las Vegas. Oh wait a second I already did that no such a blog, um.... I wounder why. Maybe your blind or maybe you just haven't lived here long enough either way. It's not a matter of preception, it's a matter of reality. You need to learn the difference between to two.

Anonymous said...

Las Vegas was ranked the most dangerous city in the country , four years in a row. Why would anyone bring their family to live in that hell-hole?

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I got here the same way so many have, by googling "I Hate Las Vegas".

OK, I have to admit I'm one of the fortunate ones who had enough opportunities to sample that vile sewage system disguised as a city before moving there.

Because I work for an Airline that flies out of Las Vegas, and countless layovers there, I had enough experience with the propositioning sex workers, the look desperation of drunken drones who've lost every cent they had, to the fat overindulged greedy tourist who are coming to hopefully make up for their lack of preplanning in life, in hopes of making up for it in one pull of a lever.

I was offered an opportunity to further my career, but it would have to be in Las Vegas. After much soul searching (and I'd like to keep my soul) and reading many of the heartfelt post here, my decision is now made.

Thanks, but no thanks...I'll stay right here in New Jersey.

Anonymous said...

You all have got to be kidding me...

Believe it or not, there is life in Las Vegas off the Strip. You dont like it, stay away from it! You know what to expect going there. I've lived here for 18 years, and go to the strip maybe ONCE A YEAR. It is called Sin City for a reason. Its not just a clever little nickname.

Yet, somehow... The city grows. Some people it seems like this city and what it offers them. If it was as bad as you people think, do you honestly think it would be growing as fast as it is?

Yes, there are problems. Growth causes a large portion of it. Do you honestly think that growing so fast can be easy on a city's infrastructure? How long do you think it takes to build roads, schools, hospitals, etc? The city is only 100 years old. And its only been since the 60's since its population began to explode. Do you really think Chicago, LA, or NY didnt have issues when they were growing? Or that they don't have any problems now? Some things just cant be accomplished as fast as others. Were the subways of NY built in a week? Were the freeways of LA done in a month? Were the elevated trains of Chicago built in a year? NO. And the majority of those were built before the days of the Sierra Club and other groups that think we shouldn't build freeways anymore, so they tie up any new construction of them in the courts for year after year. Usually, this will cause traffic, which ironically will cause more pollution (which is their main reason for the lawsuits) because far more cars are in a smaller area for a longer period of time.

You don't like it here, fine. Its a city like none other, and takes some getting used to. I don't think its fair to blame the whole city on one bad experience on the Strip or that you were too isolated to take it upon yourself to go out, meet some new people and see what the city has to offer.

Anonymous said...

I was born here in this shithole. Everyday that I don't shoot myself is a miracle. Back in the 70's it was a cool place to live, now its just a depressing eyesore. Only the desperate and the nations losers come here to live. I finally found a job away from this hell on earth and I will be gone from this place by November. Yesssss. Las Vegas can fall off the globe for as far as I am concerned. BYE Bye 120 degree summers, Im going to a place where you can go outside in the summer and enjoy it. LATER LOSERS

Anonymous said...

Las Vegas sucks. Most people I know that lived there or visited there hated it. There are no , "I love Las Vegas" sites on the net, only "Hate it" sites. That will tell you something. No worries though. In 5 years the water in Lake Mead will be gone and so will the residents. (Except for the hard core Las Vegans, they will drink whiskey instead, hahahahah what a bunch of morons that live there)

Anonymous said...

The city has nothing of value to offer. Everything is fake, I lived there for 8 years, hated every minute.
The day I moved away was the happiest day of my life. Stay Away From That City.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Its like the 100th day in a row with the temperature over 105 degrees. I gotta get out of the shitty town . HELLLLLLLLLPPP

Anonymous said...

Anyone who defends that horrible city is a degenerate. They are there for the debauchery . They are addicted to gambling, alcohol, and drugs. They deserve one another.
Rot in Hell

Anonymous said...

4 people were shot on the Las Vegas Strip this weekend , one was a tourist. It all happened after a riot broke out in front of Osheas.
Heres the link

http://www.lvrj.com/news/9255111.html

Anonymous said...

Kids are going back to school this week ....and its a 108 degrees outside. F*ck this place.

london girl said...

friends talked me into holidaying in vegas with them and against my better judgement here i am. it's only my second day and i'm dying to go home. vegas is possibly the ugliest city i've ever seen and i would consider myself fairly well travelled. even expensive places like the wynn look so tacky. how anyone can live in such an artificial and uncultered place is an absolute miracle to me. i don't even have anyone to complain to because my friends seem to love it here. another 5 days until i'm back in lovely london :-((. until then i'll have to keep myself busy with a good book - i can actually feel my brain cells dying with nothing but silicone tits and countless other maifestations of bad taste around me. my heart goes out to anyone who has to actually live in this shithole.

Anonymous said...

I hate Las Vegas.....I really do!

Anonymous said...

Las Vegas News 8/27
Four people are dead after another violent weekend in Las Vegas; all were found dead in separate crimes and there are still no suspects. Since early Saturday morning, there have been two shootings, a stabbing and one woman found dead how she died is still a mystery.

It all started here in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood early Saturday morning. Police say a man was sleeping when someone came in and shot him twice in the head.

The second shooting happened early Sunday morning inside a 7-11 store near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn.

Metro says the victim, a man in his mid-twenties, was playing slots. That's when the shooter walked right up to the door, leaned in and began shooting, hitting the victim at least eight times.

Just a few streets east, and less than 24 hours before that, homicide detectives arrived at Arizona Charlie's on Boulder Highway. That's where they found a woman dead inside a hotel room, face down, naked and few clues left behind.

"The perpetrator seemed like they went through some measures to conceal whatever evidence that was there,".

Earlier that morning, more crime tape surrounded a home in North Las Vegas where officers found a man in his 30's stabbed to death.

The string of violent crimes has become routine in Las Vegas, and detectives working around the clock, but all of these crimes remain unsolved.

Anonymous said...

Despite the title, this is an EXCELLENT website containing the Real News about Las Vegas.. The news they'd rather you not hear..

http://satanscity.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Haha , That site mentioned above has a great Oscar Goodman video

Anonymous said...

Sept 2, 2007. 110 degrees outside. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

The other day a gang of teens/young guys tried to surround me and demand my wallet. I managed to get away from them. But it was up in Summerlin, the area you think you're not supposed to come across this stuff too often.(lol) And all the while, the home-invasions and car thefts here are skyrocketing. And my old neighborhoods? (which pretty much includes all the REST of Vegas) I wouldn't even think of wandering through most of it now! All of Vegas has pretty much now become what they said the less-than-stellar parts of LA was supposed to be.
And besides all this, WHO do I have to 'relate' to here these days anymore? There's the wealthy/upper middle class/Summerlin types in their little community.. who are more about (frankly pathetic) 'appearances' really.. in their hummers and big flimsy domino-houses than any real culture or class. You'd be lucky to even get a smile out of many of them to be frank.. let alone a 'hello'. For people whom you'd expect to be 'living ok' they sure look sour all the time. ( can't blame them really!). Then there's the much ballyhooed 'Club Scene'.. whose more than content to give away tons of money in tips to ridiculous door-guys every night so that they can just drink themselves silly and stare at other morons like themselves night after night (Britney or Paris anyone? Funny.. they just love coming here too.. This IS 'B or C-level actor/singer Heaven after all! - Just watch 'EXTRA'!).. What a life, More 'useless appearances'.. Sorry, not my thing either.
Then on the flip-side of the coin from all this.. there are now HORDES of these other types that look like they just stepped out of the WORST Trailor-Park you can imagine. (I hate to 'pull a Simon' - But my gawd.. It's not just the city itself that's gone 'Ugly' these days.) These kinds of people used to seem relatively rare, But they are EVERYWHERE now.. trying to snap up all the crap casino-jobs they like to advertize about all over the mid-west like a Jerry Springer 'carrot-on-a-stick'. Go to any of Vegas's so-called 'cultural events' and you may even see all of their children as well.. covered head to toe in tattoos (I have to admit, I started to really hate the things - once it got to the point where I couldn't spot a person WITHOUT one) chain-smoking (the very air in downtown Vegas smells perpetually of a combo of stale piss and smoke)and all looking rather 'dazed.' (Even the most casual weekly art-show in any number of coastal California towns is FAR superior than Vegas's 'First Fridays'.. You might actually see some ART instead of all these people and the brown clouds they generate)
Other than that? There's the growing (& I mean GROWING) Mexican community of course.. You can't pass by any goverment place now without seeing an IMMENSE line of them running all around it these days (with a Kazillion kids). Actually I think most of them seem like pretty decent folks really.. And I certainly can't blame anyone from wanting to earn a living or feed their families either. But not a one of them seems to speak a word of English anymore, and now I see many of the jobs here (which as previously mentioned - are pretty pathetic low-wage nothing things throughout) are practically DEMANDING that one speaks Spanish as well as English.. to deal with them all. Frankly, I don't mind Spanish, It's a nice language. But if I want to speak it, I'd rather be in Spain then anywhere around this damn place!

You won't find too many 'normal folks'(whatever that even may be - I've practically forgot living here too long) much anymore either (assuming you're even INTO that sort of thing) Dating?.. Heh.. I don't think I've even run across a single next-door-girl type in the last several years who upon closer examination, didn't turn out to be either 'running from something in their past', a bit druggy (or a lot), or just plain seemingly 'half out of their freaking minds... (usually the most common situation - Involves a combo of all three.)

I feel now like I'm either in a very bad 'Mad Max movie'.. or the world's biggest assembled Trailor Park. (take your pick) I for one, will be so glad to leave this awful, dreary, alternatively superficial/filthy nothing-of-a-place far far behind me. If I get out of here.. I won't even mention it again, let alone step foot in it.

Anonymous said...

and yes... On top of it all - It's either always 112 outside, or miserable windy and dreary out. Not much in-between those two.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if a woman of outwardly indeterminate sexual preference would be so harassed. This could get interesting. -jmd

Anonymous said...

It was a pleasure reading everyone's comments. I've lived here for about 10 years now and I cant wait to leave. I am like most people who live in Vegas, a transient. I moved here with my parents when i was 13 and now I am 23 and looking for a way out of this pit. It seems like my life force is sucked out of me being here. I hate clubs, bars, the strip and strip clubs. In addition I definitely agree with people saying that Vegas lacks culture and community, this probably has to to do with the fact that Vegas is sometimes seen as intermediate step before you settle elsewhere. As far as a couple of people complaining about Hispanics or immigrants working on the strip, thats just pathetic and a low blow, there are just as many if not more white trash tweakers committing crimes along with every other criminal. so whats worse a latino person handing you a call girl card or a meth crazed caucasian stealing your shit to buy more meth.

Anonymous said...

I HATE THIS SORRY PATHETIC PIECE OF CRAP DUSTY TOILET BOWL OF A HELL HOLE.... OVERPRICED OVERPOPULATED, UNDERPAID JOBS, TRAFFIC SUCKS, MEDICARE (LOL WHAT IS THAT) ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS POURING IN, GANG MEMBERS EVERYWHERE.. NO GREEN GRASS NO OCEANS NOTHING BUT TOXIC LAKE MEAD. I HAD TO MOVE HERE WHEN I WAS 15 (PARENTS) I SERIOULSLY HATE THIS PLACE I FEEL SO ANGRY WHEN IM HERE LAS VEGAS ITS ABOUT AS BAD AS TEXAS.. I MISS CALI SO MUCH IM ALMOST 30 NOW I NEED TO LEAVE BEFORE MY LIFE PASSES ME BY AND IM STUCK HERE FOREVER.. BY THE WAY I WENT TO SAN DIEGO LAST WEEKEND WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE WEATHER CULTURE FOOD AWESOME... I HATE VEGAS!!!! SOMEONE PLEASE DROP A HUGE MEGATON ON THIS SHIT STOP..

Anonymous said...

I feel the pain in the above comment. Many parents drag their kids here. It can be paradise for some adults, All night gambling ,drinking, drugs everywhere. But there is nothing here for kids to do. Thats why Las Vegas is #1 in the nation for TEEN suicide, TEEN pregnancy/ High School dropouts and teen drug usage. And Las Vegas is almost Last in the nation when it come to schools and education. Las Vegas is clearly a place to visit for a vacation, but by no means should you try to raise a family here.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell moves to Vegas anymore? I mean it was popular to move there in the 90's , but not anymore. Vegas' time has passed.

Anonymous said...

THIS PLACE SUCKS!!! FUCK VEGAS I HATE IT SO MUCH HERE ITS A DUM.. EVERYONE IS A LYING BACK STABBING PILE OF SHIT.. NO ONE MAKES FRIENDS EVERYONE IS RUDE AND CANT DRIVE FOR SHIT.. NO SENSE OF TOGETHERNESS NO WONDER SO MANY PEOPLE ARE ANAL HERE... I MISS SO CALIFORNIA I AM MOVING TO SAN DIEGO, CA I DONT GIVE A FUCK IF I HAVE TO LIVE IN A GODDAMN DUMPSTER AT LEAST IM OUT OF THIS SHITBOX FOREVER!!!!! I HATE LAS VEGAS!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

FUCK THE CURSED PILE OF SHIT PLACE... EVERY WHERE YOU GO EVERYTHING IS OVER PRICED AND WHEN YOU ASK WHY THE SHITTY SALESMAN SALES... ITS VEGAS, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT.. I EXPECT FOR YOU TO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND QUIT ROBBING PEOPLE BLIND.. THIS PLACE SHOULD PAY YOU TO LIVE HERE.. LET US NOT FORGET THE NUKE BOMBS DROPPED JUST NORTH OF HERE AND THE YUCCA WASTE DUMP THEIR ABOUT TO PASS!!! VEGAS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

exactly!! oh and people two places to stay the hell away from if you live in las vegas DONT GO HERE!!!! 1. GMF MOTORS!!! RIPP OFF AND
2. TOWBIN DODGE (JOSH TOWBIN) AKA THE CHOPPER RIPP OFF!!! THEY BULLY YOU THREATEN YOU AND DOWN RIGHT FORCE YOU TO SIGN AND DRIVE WITH A NEW CAR.. AND IF YOU DONT ITS OK BUDDY SEE YA LATER WITH A WINK FROM MR TOWBIN DONT BE SUCKED INTO HIS LIES IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU CALL A LAWYER AND SUE HIS SORRY ASS!! REMEMBER THAT NAME JOSH TOWBIN (THE CHOPPER)

Anonymous said...

Dude , Everyone knows Vegas is a joke. The people who live there don't even know that they are being laughed at by the rest of the country. Don't be fooled by people who tell you..."If its such a joke why are 7000 people moving here each month?" the answer is easy. 7000 IDIOTS move there each month. 5000 move away each month. That is 5000 people who learned a hard lesson, or came to their senses.
Vegas is for losers and has-beens.
Always has ...always will.

Anonymous said...

I was born here. I was raised here.

It wasn't until I started traveling in my twenties to other parts of the country that I even realized how off base the entire city is.

The traffic is offensive, the nightlife is overrated and the shows are too expensive. You can't stay anywhere on the Strip for less than $300 a night anymore.

The people don't care about each other, the housing is ridiculous, the water authority is a group of Nazis and you can't do anything without being accosted by the glorification of addiction.

The gaming industry is using ads to say that they help pay for schools...which are underfunded as it is.

There is no culture. There is no class. There are no manners. And it sucks your life away.

So why stay? Because everyone is making good money right now. And so you get a five year plan...and then another five year plan...and then another. And before you know it you're here for 30 years longer than you wanted to.

At some point you have to decide whether your sanity is more important than the money...and whether you can raise kids in this place to be good people.

Like Sheryl Crowe says..."I'm leaving Las Vegas...and I won't be back."

Anonymous said...

WOW, that was great. The above entry stated exactly how I feel . More importantly it states what I'm going through. The 5 year plan turns into 15 . (for me) He was right on the money about everything about this crummy city. LAS VEGAS, STAY AWAY FROM IT!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My 2 year old grand daughter, Everlyse Cabrera, has been missing from a Las Vegas foster home since last June 10, 2006. Family Services in Vegas are responsible for putting her in a home that was not currently licensed and had already had a toddler boy removed months before for 2nd degree burns. The foster parents have refused to cooporate at all from the very beginning. They walked out of a court deposition, refusing to answer any questions about Everlyse. You or I would have been put in JAIL for refusing to answer questions. The judge excused them having to say anything. The slogan "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" is a load of crap!!! Vegas really sucks and so does it's government system. Everlyse photos were lost and never shown on national TV. Vegas wishes to brush this under the rug....MUST BE BAD FOR TOURISM! When and why is a precious little child not more important than anything else? Vegas needs to be wiped off the map!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a Midwesterner who was supposed to teach elementary school in Las Vegas this year, but when the Department of Education hadn't approved my Nevada Teaching License by the time I needed to move, I decided I couldn't take the risk. (Since no license = no teaching.) Now I'm grateful that, even though I applied in June, they STILL haven't gotten around to granting it. (Bastards didn't waste any time cashing my check, though.) I'm certain it is a blessing in disguise: Las Vegas is clearly worse than I ever imagined.

Anonymous said...

I have to get out of this shit hole its tearing my relationship apart and it ripp apart my last relationship.. this place makes you so angry, everyone is so rude, traffic is terrible theirs ABSOLUTLY nothing to do..everyone expects HUGE TIPS FOR EVERYTHING UNDER PAID over worked people smokers nasty ass stinky people gangs poverty its horrible im so sick of this fake ass sorry piece of shit going nowhere town.. I MISS THE REAL GREEN GRASS AND NICE OCEAN BREEZE I WISH I HAD NEVER MOVED HERE!!! the money is NOT WORTH IT i rather live poor in SAN DIEGO than comfortable in las vegas FUCK LAS VEGAS!!!

Anonymous said...

The evidence is here people. If you read these poor peoples comments and still move here. YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU GET!!

Anonymous said...

Violent crime rose by more than 30% in Las Vegas last year. That's according to the latest figures from the FBI, which show double digit increases in rape, robbery, and aggravated assault between 2005 and 2006. Violent crime was also up in both Henderson and North Las Vegas, but murders in both those cities fell last year. Clark County Sheriff says that fighting crime in Las Vegas has become a particular impossible for Metro Police. Nationally, the FBI says violent crimes increased nearly 2% while in Sin City it rose OVER 30%.

Anonymous said...

I hate Las Vegas with a passion. Every summer I break down and go with my husband, who loves it. I spend 4 or 5 days feeling drained of all life and avoiding smoke filled casinos. Why don't people just take their money and flush it down the toilets of those places? I am NEVER going there again! YIPPEE!! I told my husband next time he is on his own and I know he will have a good time. I wonder if it's genetic to either love it or hate it. If I never see that fake ass city again, it will be too soon.

Anonymous said...

When I worked in Vegas I was attacked by armed robbers twice. I had several confrontations with gangsters or wannabe gangsters. The heat is deadly and the water will run out sooner than you think. I am glad I got out and now I know my kids won't have to worry about getting hurt by crazy people. We have water, grass and trees here. Las Vegas has sand, heat and greedy crazy people.

Anonymous said...

I am a native Las Vegan who, 10 years ago, would have responded to all of this critiscism of my hometown with the delivery of a verbal lambast capable of rendering all previous posters into a permanent fetal position. But the unstoppable flow of new residents and the unquenchable need to expand despite our lack of water resources, left those of us who remember when this was a really cool place to live in the dust a long time ago.
So while I'm forced to agree that LV has indeed become a shithole, I feel compelled to point out that it's the very same folks who are bitching and complaining herein who made it that way.
I'm contemplating moving to another state for no other reason than because, just once in my life, I'd like to be asshole from out of town.

Anonymous said...

One question, why does it smell so bad in Las Vegas? I'm not kidding, someone told me it was the wash? All I know is everywhere you go it smells like someone just farted nearby. What a dump.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree in part with the poster above, that when I grew up here it actually WASN'T such a bad place to live.. I had many decent friends, and there was even a sense of 'community' and (strangely enough) even a strong sense of 'optimism' abounded.. which one could hardly even fathom in the Vegas of today. The place it has become today? I don't even recognize it. It's like having been dropped in a strange hostile alien world of sorts. (And yes - one that smells a bit rank at that..)

Anonymous said...

The problem with Las Vegas is that (most) everyone is from somewhere else. Which makes for a city filled with losers that ran away (or couldnt make it) in their home states. Las Vegas has the nations worst of the worst. Ever notice that Las Vegas leads the country in the list of the worst things.
They have the worst schools, salary, weather, culture, etc. etc.
We get it . Let the nations worst all gather there. Then let the nuke dump there leak. hahahahahah

Anonymous said...

Just arrived back to home sweet home, in south jersey, righ outside Atlantic City! I was so excited to visit vegas, was actually thinkin of moving there for the casino industry, i work now in the Borgata in Atlanic city. Wow i would hate to live in vegas, everything is fake and man made. The air was dry, was longing for natural water.. and pollutted with so much smoke, from ciggerettes, machines, and automobile. Way to many people in vegas and they all seemed to be sick, 1 out 3 people were caughing! majorly gross! Prolly sick from polluted air and unhealthy lifestlyes. The vacation was not relaxing at all, i didnt even here one bird chirp, just the hustle and bustle of machines and construction. Also the food in vegas is not all that,,everything got to be imported, no fresh veggies, fruit or fish out in the desert. Any way vegas is not a good place for a vacaction, if you want casinos Atlantic city is 10 times better,its a much better balance at least we have fresh food, air, trees, and the ocean! Gotta love the ocean. Also i consider Atlantic City to be a lot classier, cant believe im saying this but after my visit to vegas. MOther Nature is complelty crying at the sight of Vegas. JULIA CAMPO

Anonymous said...

To the above comment, The reason for the coughing is what locals call, VEGAS THROAT. It comes from the unhealthy combination of Dry Air, Dusty Air , and Pollution. Some of the strip entertainers from out of town go to great and expensive lengths to avoid this illness. Not to mention, a recent UNLV survey found that 7.6 Las Vegans out of 10 smoke cigarettes regularly (regularly meaning 1 to more than 1 pack a day)

Las Vegas reeks!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I found this blog. I have changed my mind on a move to Nevada.
After seeing this blog I did more extensive research on Las Vegas , and I found the negatives out weigh the positives 8to1 . Thanks for helping me avoid what appears to have been a great big mistake.
Thank for telling it like it is.
Jan.

Anonymous said...

I found the strength to write on this blog finally. I moved my family to Las Vegas after living in "so called' boring Nebraska. I came for some more excitement. 2 months after moving here , gangs killed my boy. he was 14.
I can't live with the guilt. I should have stayed in boring Nebraska. My boy would have lived. I hate this crime infested town. I leave next month, leaving my dead boy behind. I hope Las Vegas fails, and the town dries up.
Good by, Ron

Anonymous said...

Ron, I'm so sorry for you and your boy. No family should have to suffer with that kind of pain, especially in a city like Las Vegas.

I agree with all those angry with Las Vegas. I've been here 5 months on a year long internship. I'm counting down the days till I get to leave and go back to the East coast. June can't come soon enough.

A big thank you to the host of this website. I don't know any of you and I feel like this is the only bit of community that I've found since I have been here.

Anonymous said...

went there once.. thats all it took

I was supposed to stay 4 days.. after I met my client I booked my return flight 2 days IN ADVANCE..

Back to my beloved, green SEATTLE..

I could not wait to leave Vegas, the unfriendliness, the lack of manners, lack of culture, oppressive social atmosphere..

planning to never visit Vegas again.

Matt -

Anonymous said...

The American Psychiatric Congress had it's yearly meeting there in 2005. I booked a room at the Luxor. It was "just next door" to the conference site Mandalay Bay. I walked for 35 minutes (all indoors in a kind of mall0 to get to the meetings. I took some fellow doctors to dinner at the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse. I have traveled a bit, even stayed at the Hermatage in Monte Carlo, but I've never seen such a rip-off. The entrees were $30+ each, the salads, $15, the side veg. $6-8, wine $200 (nothing special), bread-$6-10. My small dinner at an average steakhouse for four and their spouses came to $750. So much for cheap eating in Vegas. My room had only 40 watt bulbs making it impossible to read or even review the Vegas travel maps. There was a bed (for two) a stick chair and a jetted tub. The tub was crammed into the angle of the wall. This hotel is in the shape of a pyramid. Everything was made to encourage going to gamble...which I do not care for. Now, I'm a pretty liberal kind of guy. I like throwing back a few, having fun even trying the slots, but when impossibly beautiful women in thongs approach me and ask for a cocktail order at 5:30am while I go for coffee. All in all I hate Vegas as I hate the deeds of Hitler, O.J. and Bin Laden. Please folks enjoy NYC, LA, New Orleans, even Walkertown, N.C., but avoid Vegas...it's time and money wasted.

Anonymous said...

I've given this place nearly 7 months now and I feel it's worse than before. What a nightmare. NO CULTURE. It is not the people's fault, this is what would happen with any new city. We should have respect for the historical towns we have and keep them that way. This place is terrible be we, as people, made it this way. I can't wait to leave. Cleveland never looked so good. God Bless history and looking out for each-other. You won't find that here. Plus, if your from Mexico and don't speak English, don't expect any respect. I wouldn't move to Mexico expect to speak English without dealing with crap. We shouldn't put up with it either.

Anonymous said...

GODDAMNIT i hate this place... dry dusty, brown desert toilet bowl infested with smokers, bad traffic, no where to go nothing to do.. people are rude and have their heads burried in the slot machines. no good barbeque no culture NOTHING even the grass is fake artifical turf is NOT GRASS people.. im turning 30 and my present to myself is to move to san diego ca and be happy smelling the nice ocean breeze with some REAL green grass and a back yard <---something las vegans really know nothing about HAHA FUCK THIS SORRRY PIECE OF SHIT TOILET BOWL LEAVING YOU PILES OF SHIT TO ROT IN YOUR OWN FECES AND INFESTATION..

Anonymous said...

I moved here about five years ago with my family from central jersey and have been hating life just about ever since. There is no culture, the people are fake and everything else is completely contrived. Just about the only thing I like about this place is Red Rock Canyon and even that has been taken over so that tourists can access it. I miss trees, and culture, and people who care about something other then their appearance and who they know. I could go on but it suffices to say that after this last year of highschool Im looking foward to escaping back to the east coast for college.

Anonymous said...

I just spent five days here with the wife.
Apart from a renewel of vows ceremony at the graceland chapel everything else was pretty poor.
The level of consumption and waste is pretty vast.
I dont like the pushers of porn or timeshare, extemely annoying.
The food at the Mirage was expensive and tasteless.
The best shows were more expensive than the worst we have in London and featured "contract" and unheard of actors, I thought everything in America was bigger and better, well the shows certainly are not!
The deauce (pardon the spelling) was very cheap but too slow and too crowded, sometimes waiting 5 mins or longer at each stop, and, ahem, have you heard of a queue?
People step into your lift before you have got out.
Too many people, walking was difficult in places.
Overall the food was very poor, so poor in fact that twice we went to Macdonalds (the first time I have been to Macdonalds in years), it says something about cuisine when only some crappy cheeseburger is on offer (no milkshake though, the machine was not working)
I found people friendly actually, contrary to most people`s opinions here and met many very nice Americans, I was amazed how friendly my bus journeys were, maybe its because I`m an Englishman? or handsome tall rich and thin (only one of those are actually true).
Overall I did not like Vegas, too noisy, smelly, no decent theater, crap food, too crowded, over priced low quality shows and the touts were infuriating.
I wont be going again however I will definately be coming back to the states, a great country and some wonderful people.
Apart from the Mexicans Jews and Irish.
And the Greeks

Dragonphish said...

I was reluctant to move to LV, even turning down an invitation for an interview. But they made an offer I couldn't refuse so to speak. I moved here in July and my first impression was not good. The heat was overwhelming. I moved from Houston so I know heat. But this was different. It is an oppressive baking heat. And how many times do you have to hear "but it's a dry heat" before you lose your mind?

So much of my own opinion of this town has been reflected in the comments already posted here. This town is absolutely devoid of any culture. When I mentioned to someone at the office that I enjoyed being involved in the art scene they suggested that I try "First Friday" to check out the local art scene. I did, it wasn't.

The people here are rude and truly lack manners. The drives are clueless and the simple task of merging is beyond their capability.

The only thing I have enjoyed about being here is the hiking and climbing.

I did a six month lease to start with and I am so glad I did. In two months when the lease is up I am out of here and getting back to civilization.

Anonymous said...

So Ya, I moved here a year and a half ago and I can't stand this horrid place. Not too long ago I was gazing out my widow. Evem though I have a view of the mountains I couldn't get over the nasty thoughts in my mind. I had to ask my boyfriend has he ever noticed how dead this town is. Nothing here is alive or happy. Everything is dead and if it has any life at all it still looks dead. Who ever saw a plant that is brown and dry but has blooming flowers??? No one is actually happy here either. The smiles you see are soooo fake. It's only the alcohol smiling! There is no where to go once you have done everything. All the entertainment is the same just a different place. UGGGHHHHHHHHH!!! I hate it here. The only thing that has kept me is the money to move and my father is here. Once I get the chance I am out of here for good!. I don't even want to get on the topic of the rude careless idiot drivers. OMG

Anonymous said...

I am so incredibly grateful that I left. I don't care if out of state tuition is twenty thousand a year–it is worth every penny.

Anonymous said...

I googled "I hate Las Vegas" and here I am. I moved here about two months ago from Boston and I can't wait another minute to go home.

My wife and I packed up all our things, the dog, and took two friends for the cross country trip, and were on our way to "fabulous" Las Vegas. What a mistake. The trip alone was a disaster which should have been a good sign. I hate it.

It took all of a month to realize what a huge mistake I made. I left a $25/hr job attempting to start my own business out here. No one told me you can't do a damn thing without knowing someone here. With eleven years of experience in my field I managed to find a bullshit job for $12/hr. I'm packing my things as we speak.

No one here wants anything to do with you unless you can do something for them or they can make some money off of you. What a bunch of materialistic pieces of garbage.

The weather sucks in Boston. The prices of houses are much higher than in Vegas. But here's the thing... The people in Boston are human. They're friendly. They're respectful. There's a sense of family, friendship, morals and honor. None of which are here in Vegas.

Pardon the expression but... Fuck Vegas... I'm going home to shovel snow and be happy again.

My wife doesn't think we've given it a good enough try and I can't spend another minute here if I want to keep my sanity. All I have to say is this shit hole of a city better not jeopardize my marriage.

Anonymous said...

My first time in Vegas was to visit my friend who moved there to go to UNLV back in '94. I just turned 21 so I was good to go gamble even though I wasn't (and still am not) a gambler. That got old real quick. Within a day, I was bored. Just gambling and drinking. Nothing else! Also learned how dry that heat & air was when I constantly kept getting static shocks. Thank goodness I was only there for a few days.

I went a few more times with coworkers/friends/associates and unfortunately I had falling outs with them over stupid shit like where to go, why we didn't want to pay the cover for a club and other stupid stuff. Vegas made us restless, immature and hateful.

The last time I was in Vegas was about 3-4 years ago to see my friend get married in front of Elvis. It was freaking hot, traffic was horrendous (over an hour just to get from one end of the strip to the other!) I had a headache the whole time I was there. That headache disappeared when got home. Go figure. Thank goodness I did a quick turnaround trip for that--flight from OC, attend quick wedding & reception and fly back in the late afternoon.

Since then, I've turned down requests to go to Vegas, even had to turn down a friend who was celebrating his birthday cuz I didn't want another fallout to happen, didn't want to experience heat & static, and didn't want to be bombarded with debauchery that's on overload. There's nothing great about paying for overpriced rooms, food and losing more money on gambling and shows. I don't see myself ever returning there.

Joe said...

I agree with just about everthing said here about how sad live is in a place like no other - Vegas. But it seems to me that what's really lacking is a population who is so fed up with the life there that they'd want to MAKE change happen. The residents of Vegas have rights and voting power. The first step is getting the families of children in the schools to care about their childrens education enough to get involved. In the midwest parents volunteer at schools, we teach special needs, advanced math, coach sports, lead girl scout troops - you get the idea. Then, you move on to coordinating neighborhood events, you know, start with Tupperware/Pampered Chef/Jewelry parties and then invite your neighbors over for some REAL home cooking. Life is what you make it, and if you want respect - be respectful; if you care about family then get involved with schools & charities; if you value friendship then put your self out there first - invite co-workers & neighbors over for a BBQ; if you find the morals lacking - get involved with a church. It will only change for the better if each of you who live there now make the effort to turn the tides of the monsoon. I've been there to visit, my folks moved to Pahrump years ago. I rarely bring my kids there because there is nothing interesting to see or do. Seems to me that there is a sea of opportunity for many of you to come together and open the best small scale family-style resturants, neigborhood art centers that teach you to value your creative talents, or even simply hold local public events offering afordable family entertainments. Change is in the wind! It's depends on how hard you are willing to blow!

Anonymous said...

The author of the comment above knows nothing about Las Vegas. I went to the city council to get approval to open a teen arts center. It would feature local talent of art and music. Also would be a place to sell their art and creations. (this was in response to LV having the highest teen suicide /pregnacy/drug usage rates) I was turned down repeatedly. I was given various reasons, but an insider off the record told me. In Las Vegas nothing gets done without bribes. You have to grease the palms of the council. LV is the most corrupt govt. in the US, it even rivals New Orleans.
Get real! to the comment above ... You live in a fantasy world.

Anonymous said...

Wow so i flew out to san diego ca today to take the sheriffs test.. I LOVE SAN DIEGO culture ocean GREEN GRASS!!! wow.. then today i had to fly back instanty bad mood grouchy headache, irritable, i mean vegas just sucks!! its depressing in a major way the first idiot driving i wanted to serioulsy mow over.. in san diego i didnt mind waiting two times through a light no anger nothing NICE THOUGHTS... I HATE LAS VEGAS..

Anonymous said...

Just got back to Vegas from a trip to San Antonio, Texas. Every time I come home from some place else it takes me a minute in the airport to get used to the gratuitous show of skin on the signage and the other people walking through. Spent a week in DC last summer, and despite the humidity did not see one girl half naked on the Metro line. In Vegas--such is the way of life. Note to you: if this is not your preferred style of dress, be prepared for a shock and some distasteful looks.

I was born and raised in Vegas. Even in locals' places girls are expected to be half naked...and easy. And if you're not...expect the guys (even local guys!) to be uninterested.

High school dropouts, the lot of them.

Moving out of here is impossible.

I can't believe I googled "I Hate Las Vegas" and actually landed on a community of people who agree!

Come to visit...there is a lot to do and deals can be found...DON'T MOVE HERE.

Its not worth it.

Anonymous said...

I cannot tell you all how happy I am to have found this site and to see that there are so many other people out there in the world who feel as I do about Vegas and have enough intelligence and common sense to see this shithole town for what it really truly is. I am absolutely bookmarking this site. Right off the top of the bat let me say this, most importantly of all: My heart truly and deeply goes out to some of the posters on this site who have lost family members to this town-one man said that his wife was tragically murdered in a home invasion robbery, and another man said that his son was murdered by gangbangers. I cannot begin to tell you both how deeply saddened I am for your terrible loss, and my heart, prayers and deepest and most sincere condolences are with you. I don't know you personally but that's not the point-someone I'm sure you loved very deeply has been savagely, cruelly and heartlessly ripped out of your arms for no legitimate reason and I truly feel the pain you must be suffering through. I wish to God I could tell you something that would make the pain go away for you, but I can't-all I can tell you is that I am truly sorry for the hell you have been through, my heart absolutely goes out to you, and you are in my deepest and most heartfelt prayers.

That being said, I also agree very much with a lot of the other things people here have said; one person mentioned the fact that 7000 people move to Vegas every month but 5000 move out in that same month. How interesting that the people who are so quick to tell you about the 7000 a month moving INTO Vegas conveniently "forget" to mention the 5000 a month moving OUT. As some have already mentioned, let us not forget that Las Vegas recently ranked #57 on a list of the 378 most dangerous cities to live in in the United States-57th most dangerous, out of 378. Los Angeles was even somewhere in the high 200s or low 300's if I remember correctly, and Mission Viejo, CA was city number 378-at the bottom of the list, making it the safest city on the list. It's to the point now where you can't watch the news or read the paper in Vegas even ONE DAY without hearing about someone getting murdered somewhere in the city. I am a truck driver and have been all over this country, and I have NEVER seen ANYPLACE ELSE ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES that is as debaucherous and as wicked as Las Vegas is. Las Vegas is at or near the bottom of the list of best healthcare cities, best education cities, and best air quality cities, and now leads the nation in residential foreclosures, is number 1 in mental illness, number 1 in depression rates (among both adults and children), and number 1 in suicides (again both adults and children). Hmmm, gee, I wonder why that might be?
For those few on this blog who have been trying to spew the lie about how Vegas supposedly is so wonderful and that the only thing bad about it is the people who complain about it: There are currently 114 posts on this blog, and only 2 by people like you who think Vegas is great. That leaves still 112 people who hate this dump town. Are 112 people just a bunch of idiots? IIIII DOOOOOON'T THIIIINK SOOOO!!!! If you think Vegas is great, there are only five possible explanations for that: 1.) You are blind. 2.) You are deaf. 3.) You are stupid. 4.)Some combination of 1, 2 , and 3. Or, 5.) You've never BEEN to Vegas.

Let me add something to the completely accurate anti-Vegas sentiment I have seen on this site that I notice no one has mentioned yet, which somewhat surprises me: the cops. I have been talking on the internet lately in a couple of other blogs about the vicious, bloodthirsty cops throughout Southern Nevada who have been killing people with impunity for more than 3 decades, and getting away with it every time. I have something very shocking but absolutely true to say to all those who think Vegas is great: YOU ARE NOT SAFE ANYWHERE IN VEGAS, AT ANY TIME!!!!! YOU ARE IN GREAT PERIL OF BEING MURDERED BY THE COPS EVEN IF YOU ARE AN UPSTANDING PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY AND A COMPLETELY LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN!!!!! They will shoot you on sight just for the sport of it. Then at the coroner's inquest (a hearing that SUPPOSEDLY is designed to determine if the cop is guilty of criminal wrongdoing at the incident), every cop in Southern Nevada who shoots someone knows that to get acquitted, when the hearing master says, "Okay, Officer Joe Blowe, what happened here?" all they have to do is say, "Your honor, Mr. or Mrs. (insert dead citizen's name here) made a 'furtive movement toward (their)waistband'" (it's the same line every cop uses at every inquest), and the hearing master says, "Oh, really? Oh, well then I guess you must have been justified then. Have a nice day, Officer Blowe, go on back to work and keep protecting us from the dangerous (translate mostly innocent and almost always unarmed, or at least not armed with anything that poses any kind of immediate threat to an officer) citizens!" In the 31years that records of the Clark County Coroner's Inquest have been kept, since 1976, ONLY ONE cop-out of nearly 200 citizen killings-has ever been found criminally negligent in the death of a citizen, and that verdict was later overthrown by the Clark County Grand Jury!!!! So effectively not one single cop has ever been held to answer criminally for the death of a citizen. Now, give me a break here. Cops are human-they fuck up just as much as the rest of us do. Are you honestly going to tell me that out of almost 200 citizen deaths, over a period of 31 years, that in not one single one of those cases was a cop ever criminally negligent? You're going to tell me that in each and every one of those situations there was NOTHING else-NO other non-lethal solution that the cop could have used to defuse the situation other than to whip out his Glock 17 9mm and start blasting away as if he was at the O.K. Corral until he had left a parking lot full of dead bodies in his wake? You know what? I may have been born at night, but it was'nt last night!!! I'm not that inanely stupid as to believe that, and I hope all you Vegas lovers out there are not that inanely stupid either. I mean, come on. Ask yourself a question: How is an teenager with his hands HANCUFFED BEHIND HIM, sitting in the back of a cop car, going to make a "furtive movement toward his waistband", AFTER he has been searched and found to be unarmed, and what could he possibly produce in that situation that poses any immediate threat to a cop's life? Yet just last spring in Las Vegas, just such a teenager in just such a situation was brutally shot and killed by Metro PIGS in the back of one of their PIGmobiles!!!! Now don't get me wrong here-if someone produces a gun and points it at the cops, I've got no problem at all with the cops blowing him or her away-I would do the same thing if I were a cop. Even if I were not a cop I would. That's completely understandable. I'm not saying the cops don't have the right to defend themselves against a REAL, IMMEDIATE, IMMINENT threat to their lives. Everyone, cop or otherwise, has the right to defend themselves, using lethal force if need be, from an imminent threat to their own safety, that of their loved ones, or their hard-earned property-that's our God-given right. But Vegas cops (and the casino security guards too-there have been documented cases of that) don't simply defend themselves-they actually go out and flat out beat the crap out of, and kill, people with no legitimate cause whatsoever. They don't even really protect the rest of the citizens of the city-in fact I had one Vegas cop one day flat-out tell me that the cops have no legal duty to protect the people,and I did'nt believe it myself until I spent the next 6 months researching the issue only to find out that he was absolutely correct-there is no city, county, state or federal law, statute, ordinance, or even one single bit of case law or legal precedent, that even remotely alludes to any legal duty on the part of the cops to protect the citizenry. In fact, since I now have some knowledge of HTML, I'm seriously contemplating coding up a website to explain further to the rest of the world why Las Vegas so badly bites monkey ass and creating an additional place where more people can come and share their Vegas horror stories, and if I do so, it will be a forum for Vegas-haters and ONLY Vegas-haters. Anyone who posts anything on that site spewing any kind of filth about how Vegas is supposedly this great city and how all of us Vegas-haters are morons who don't know our heads from our asses or our asses from a hole in the ground , will have their posts immediately removed and will be banned from the forum, and I will let them know that right up front, too. So as a closing thought, and with 100% agreement and sympathy to all you other Vegas-haters out there, let me say once again that I'm glad to be among friends, comrades-in-arms, as it were, and I'm so relieved that my 9 1/2 year nightmare that was a so-called life in HELL (I mean Las Vegas) is finally, mercifully, over and I'm back home where I belong in beautiful sunny Southern California where I'm from and where I belong. Because I'll put it to you this way: if it was a choice between sleeping under a bridge or in my car for the rest of my life in Southern California, or having a mansion and all the money I could ever need in Las Vegas and never having to be without a home ever, as much as I would despise the idea of being homeless, I'd take the pauper's life in California any day of the week and 999,999,999,999,999 (999 trillion-plus) times on Sunday!!!! God bless all of you who finally made it away from that open sewer of a town and back to a decent life, and my hopes and prayers to all those who are still there and desperately want to leave and would pack their stuff and leave this instant if they could. If the Russians or somebody decided to nuke Las Vegas tomorrow and blow it off the face of the map, it would be the greatest thing that ever happened to this country!!!!

Anonymous said...

well said....9 1/2 years is along time in hell. I've been here 6 years and my journey ends in 2 months. Soon I will be back home amongst a normal civilization. The things I've seen here, and been through will scar me for life. I truly believe this is a new age sodom and gomorrah. No other city in the world Mocks God except Las Vegas (sin city) "what happens in vegas stays in vegas" ONE DAY GOD WILL DESTROY LAS VEGAS..

Anonymous said...

Well, someday something might destroy Las Vegas, but it will probably be something tangible like global warming, asteroid strike, or something else from reality, not imaginary beings like Thor, Zeus, angry unicorns...or god. Ignoring my atheist diatribe, the thing I find that I hate most about Vegas is the transient nature of everyone here. There are very little locals, by that I mean born here. So most everyone here is from somewhere else and with that comes cultural isolation. There is NO sense of community. Everyone lives in their own little cave of security and knows only a handful of people, usually from their place of employment. Neighbors don't talk to each other. Nobody says "hello" to strangers. And this sense of isolation keeps people from giving a shit about each other and this leads to crime, neighborhood degradation, etc. Also, for homeowners, there is the huge problem of absent investors. These greedy fucks went around buying up 1/2 of the houses on the market during the boom a few years ago. They then rent these houses out to people who can't afford to buy a home and this generally leads to the neighborhood going to shit because the renters don't care about a house that is not theirs. There are good renters...I've been one. But at least 3/4 of them are from the ghetto and don't give a shit. On my block of 14 houses, 7 are rentals. And you can tell who is a renter and who is an owner just by looking at the condition of the yard, their cars, etc. It sucks. I didn't pay this much for a house to have the ghetto rent its way into my neighborhood.
I've gone back to school to finally finish my degree and have about 1-1/2 years to go. UNLV is relatively cheap and I plan on getting my undergrad degree there. The real quandary is whether I want to get my grad degree here and have to endure an extra 2-4 years in this shithole, or blow this popsicle stand and go home. If I move back home after I finish my BA, I will have to wait a year to qualify for resident tuition rates (which are still higher than UNLVs graduate school rates, even with the resident discount.) I'm not sure if I can take 6 more years of living here. But then again, I have to wait until the housing market turns around. I can only cross my fingers and hope that the neighborhood stays nice enough that my house appreciates and can sell when the time comes to break for freedom.

tinkerbellphat said...

I went to Vegas to get married. Being from the midwest and always seeing the glorious lights on the TV and all they hype. I had to see it for myself. It was really rediculus. You pay all this money for services and tips after you pay a crazy amount to begin with. The flight in and out of the city is enough to make you never fly again. It is the most turbulance I have ever experianced. Just awful. The card flickes are so anoying and the disqusting paper boxes have nothing but porn in them. Everyone is out for one thing and one thing only. MONEY. A bunch of money hungry selfish people. Maybe if you have serious mental issues you would live there. Otherwise. Who in there right mind would? Who really wants to get married by Elvis? Seriously...

Anonymous said...

Vegas is a disgusting place!!!

Alissa said...

I myself feel sick when I have to return to Vegas from another state. I've lived here for 16 years, and a it literally makes me want to cry when I think that I still have at least 3 more years before I can leave this shit hole that I've called home for the better half of my life. It's ugly, and this town has really nothing to offer. I want to live somewhere with the beach, four seasons, and some historical culture behind it, not a brown dumpy wasteland with a bunch of materialistic stuck up their ass snobs.

Anonymous said...

I spent a year living in the above ground septic tank known as Las Vegas. The people there for the most part lack anything resembling class or decency. I was never happier than when I saw those neon lights getting smaller and smaller in my rear view mirror. If you are there, get out before you set down roots. If you are thinking of going, DON'T. The people who tell you how wonderful it is either do not live there or are lying.

Matty said...

I moved here straight out of college 5 years ago and it has been a great place to start and focus on my career but that is about it. I thank God that now that all of my loans and credit cards are paid off I can finally start putting some money in the bank. The first priority is to save enough to quit my job and get the hell out of here.

I believe in the concept that people are shaped and affected by their environment and I am worried that Vegas is turning me into an uptight, hyper tensioned, jerk. Getting anything done here is always a hassle, from waiting for 3 hours at the DMV for license plates to the 45 minutes I spend to drive the 7 action packed miles to work, I have lived in much larger cities where things seem to move so much faster and smoother. Somewhere, somehow, things in the city are frighteningly out of balance. I do not know if it is the influx of illegal aliens, who seem to love it here, or what, but it feels like everything from grocery stores to municipalities are overcrowded and overwhelmed and it continues to get worse day by day. It has been 5 years since I moved here and I’ve had enough. In six months I’m packing up and moving to the coast, where there is green grass and water. For those thinking about moving here please take the following and all of the posts into severe consideration…

It is indeed true that Las Vegas is home to some of the rudest people in America, but it is no wonder. The landscape is harsh, callus, and unforgiving and thus so are the people who live here. I hope to keep myself from becoming one of them.

If you think you are going to simply move here and jump into a casino job on the strip think again. Many of the good jobs require knowing someone, or someone knowing you to land the gig. It doesn’t happen overnight. Also, do not forget about the whole process of obtaining a “sheriffs card”. If you can’t get into one of the casinos and have to take a quick food service job, that will also require a “health card”. Neither are terribly expensive, but do require time (sort of like sitting for hours at the DMV with the newly arrived scum of the earth) and money and are a pain in the rear. If you are a young white collar professional and will be working in an office then good for you, but make sure you take whatever salary you figured you would be making and cut it in half, especially for those of you coming from California. Also make sure you have that office job lined up before you get here.

I get the impression from other people I have met from around the country that Vegas is a cheap place to live. That was likely true years ago, before the boom, but now we paying big city rates to live in a giant suburb. Car registration, gasoline, rents, food insurance, and even entertainment and concerts are considerably more expensive than most other large cities and to add insult to injury, we are not even a “big city” more like an overgrown suburb.

Due to the isolation of this town, you will get “island fever” after the first few months of living here. It begins to feel like there is no other world outside of this little bubble of Las Vegas and that is a scary thing to feel. Luckily, my job requires some travel so I can be reminded of how normal people live, and that there is indeed still a world outside of this awful cesspool.

You will likely see more car accidents and mangled bodies in the first few years of living here than in all of the years you have spent in you hometown. In 5 years here I have seen some freighting things, some which will stick with me maybe forever. I saw a girl get hit by a car on Tropicana that was traveling at 50 mph. Also witnessed a motorcycle crash scene where a human leg was laying in the middle of the street. Simply too many fender benders and car accidents to even keep track of. It seems like I see an accident or two every day.

If you move out here with your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband… whatever, expect there to be major issues in your relationship after the move. From my experience and the experience of my friends here, a lot of couples seem to break up shortly after relocating here. Not sure why, but it seems to be the trend.

Lastly, if you do not heed the warnings on this site and still insist on moving to Las Vegas, you better make sure you do it soon. We are running out of water and within the next few years I predict the “imaginary belt” around the valley that Dina Titus was pushing several years ago will become a reality, if not a mass exodus out of here. It is a serious that needs to be addressed. The cowboys who run the Southern Nevada Water Authority seem clueless but it is possible that there is no solution.

For a long time I felt trapped because I was worried that I would not be able to find a job as good as the one I have now if I leave Las Vegas. But I have realized that I would rather be earn less and live in peace than spend one more year in this joke of a “city”.

Anonymous said...

Vegas is much like a Snicker Bar.. It's rarely as good as you think it's going to be, it's quite often stale, ..and it's full of nuts.

Anonymous said...

This place is the WORST! I am not here by choice, hubby is airforce. Even the base SUX! Everything is always overcrowded, the people are downright RUDE, stupid and sleazy, no one knows HOW to drive-everyone tailgates-there's constant car accidents, the crime is ridiculous, the unemployment rate is HIGHER than the rest of the nation, identity theft is the highest here, there is no weather here-just wind, the news always says, "we're having a drought"-No its not a drought, its a DESERT here, almost no rain, but the enviromental issues don't seem to matter, since there's constant construction of new houses and hotels, its TOO expensive and its uglier than hell I can't wait to leave!

Anonymous said...

Its two scoops of pretentious, a cup of mediocre and a dollop of crap!

Anonymous said...

This town smells like a sewer threw up. From Sahara / Boulder HWY to Desert Inn / LVBLVD, it stinks. Why? I remember a few years ago the city council actually paid a team of cleaners to investigate and get rid of the stench downtown. They took care of it, but it seems to have simply moved several blocks south. I thought it was nasty.

spyiii said...

Ive lived in Vegas for 19 years, my whole family lives here. We dont go to the strip, Nobody in my family takes drugs and we are not addicted to gambling. My wife runs a buisness here and I work as a process server. Love the town even after its growth and tons of newcomers. I drive around 500 miles a week in town, ive seen my share of bad drivers but not as bad as a third world countrie. Maybe its because I grew up here but everyone posting on this page complaining just sounds like a bunch of little girls crying because the town is not what "they" expected. I hope all of you do get out of "hell" more room for everyone else who likes it here. Ive lived in Cairo, Egypt for about 3 or 4 years of my life in the early 90's that was hell. You crybabies just dont know how good you have it in the states in any city period.

spy2 said...

LOL AT THE IDIOT ABOVE. I'm intrested in what possesed you to make a post on an I HATE LAS VEGAS BLOG. Yup I quess all of us are a bunch of crybabies, and we don't know what were talking about. Las Vegas attracts fool's and crazy people, you fit in just fine.

spyiii said...

Really, I googled a hospital name I was searching for and just came across this "I hate Vegas blog" on accident. I really feel "most" not all of the posters here came to Vegas with higher expectations then what they got out of the city-sorry just my opinion. Yeah there is a lot of crazies here I deal with the lot of them everyday, but I still wouldnt choose anywhere else to call home.

Anonymous said...

Keep it rolling, found it the same way ya'll did by typing in "i hate las vegas" in google. I'm a public employee and I have 1 more year until I'm "vested" in the retirement system. After that I think I'm out. I hate the bars as your constantly confronted with gambling machines. I hate the strip as you have to contend with the tourists. No seasons or really any dynamic weather. I have a great job and work with great people but I just don't think I can justify spending my life here.

Housing, still overpriced. Cost of everything expensive. Maybe I should just hull up in my apartment for a year or two and avoid all the temptations in this town. God, what a boring place.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I live in Las Vegas and can tell you that this would be an awesome place to live if it weren't for all of the messed up people who move here. It seems like it just filling up with low life scum, white trash, and Mexicans. There is a shortage of open minded, educated, intellectual people here. I guess it is because you do not need any brains to work in this town. Most of there jobs are construction or service industry related. I try not to complain much about all of the casinos, smut, and heat. It is Las Vegas, I knew what I was signing up for, but I just expected a little more culture and sophistication among the locals.

Anonymous said...

what a shocker las vegas ranked number 1 MOST DANGEROUS CITY FIVE YEARS IN A ROW LOL GET REAL VEGAS SUCKS!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Allergy Alert:
It allergy season In Las Vegas again. Today the Mulberry reading is 15,950 part per billion.
That bad considering when
a reading of 1,250 is considered High.
Thanks goes out to all the builders who planted trees and vegetation that are not indigenous to this area.
If you were thinking of moving to the desert to escape your allergies, forget it. The spring here will kill you....litterally

Anonymous said...

5 years in a row! Nevada is ranked the most dangerous place to be in the nation. Nowhere else in the country are there more robberies or cars stolen. But one of the main reasons we are the most dangerous state is our HIGH ranking for murders.

Some valley neighborhoods that many thought were safe are now seeing more crime than ever.

The newest report by Congressional Quarterly rates Nevada the most dangerous state to live in ,a claim residents living here would agree with as they find themselves victims of crimes.

"My son walks home from the bus. I don't feel safe anymore. He is not allowed to do that, he's not allowed to go outside and ride his bike. His school, there's been letters sent home regarding people trying to kidnap children on their way to school," said Amber Casteel.

Living in Southern Highlands for five years, Casteel felt safe until her home was broken in to, but that's not all she and William Crock have had to face.

"The grocery store started to have armed guards and you would hear the gaming machines had been robbed. Then I started to hear oh a neighbor around the corner their house got broken into," he said.

But the final scare came when a man was found murdered nearby. Now both want to get away from the area even the state. NICE!

Anonymous said...

Las Vegas never really "feels" dangerous. I usually can walk down any street in town without feeling like I should look over my shoulder, but in the news you see that is clearly not the case. People are being murdered in "nice" neighborhoods left and right. The crimes committed here seem to be so random and careless. Its really sad.

Anonymous said...

RANT - I am sick of people who think it is ok to take a shopping cart from the store becasue they are too lazy to carry out what they buy. Get a car you lazy jerks! I love the sense of entitlement these people have that they think they can just take whatever they want. If you are going to take the shopping cart home with you, at least return it. Dont just leave it sitting out in front of the apartment complex you crawled out of. I hate the people who live here. This town is full of low lifes who think it is ok to steal shopping carts.

Anonymous said...

Recent nationwide survey lists Las Vegas as the metro area in the US with the highest rate of suicide.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes it DOES in fact STINK! Its the pig farm! That stomach churning toilet smell is pig dookie! I thought it smelled bad a few days ago and the temp was only in the high 70's. Yeah that funk du jour will get better when its 130 this summer.

And with all seriousness here, why can't the water district do SOMETHING to make the water better?! Its so hard, the dishes never ever look clean and the smell of chlorine makes me not want to bathe. What happens to the water as it makes its way thru Utah? Is it all the drugged up Mormons?

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain but based on the way things are going, we're lucky to have any water at all out here.

Anonymous said...

Neighborhoods that appear nice and reasonably affordable turn ghetto quicker than you can say fa-shizzle my dizzle..........

Anonymous said...

WOW. I have to agree with all of you, I have lived in Las Vegas about 6 years and it is the worst place I have ever been to, and I have traveled all around the world.
Las Vegas is unlike any other city, it defintily has no culture what-so-ever, and your lucky if one out ten people are nice to you. I can't wait untill I get the Fuck out this hellhole. Seriously, the only way you can deal with Las Vegas is if you are Drunk or High all of the time. If your planning on moving to Vegas I hope you want to spend alot of time in the casino's because thats all you can do. All movie theaters are in Casions, there's no community centers to go to because there is no community, theres really nothing to do "outdoorsy" in Las Vegas because there is no outdoors. Trust me if your not from Las Vegas you WILL HATE it. Sorry I know Im going on for a long time but Las Vegas = HELL I guarantee you.

Anonymous said...

I escaped from that shit hole last August after suffering for 2 miserable years in that mistake. I used to dream of the day I would watch that cesspool in the rear view mirror and I have to say that it was one of the most glorious sights of my life. My phrase to describe Las Vegans was always "stupid and rude" and every last one of them can burn in hell as far as I am concerned. It gives me a special pleasure to hear how much the real estate market has collapsed on those self centered greedy little pricks. Please let a natural disaster destroy that little corner of hell.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I wish I had seen this site before me and my fiance moved to vegas. I grew up in so cal and moved to northern nevada in 2003, it was great. I met my husband to be there and had a great job. He had always wanted to move to las vegas and I thought why not? The move to tahoe went better than expected, how bad could it be to move to southern nevada? BIG mistake!!! I left my job thinking that there had to be tons of jobs here and the prospect of buying and affording a house was very inviting.
I have been here for 6 months now and can't get a decent paying job. This really is a place for lost dreams. And I willingly moved here for what? Sneezing attacks all day long because of all the pollen? NO!
We are trying to make it work, but deep down I have a feeling we will be back to tahoe or somewhere else within the next year. Especially since every day my hate grows for this disgusting place. Even more everytime I watch the news. How many bad things happened today? Did another car run into someone's house again? Who was robbed at gun point today? I HATE VEGAS!!!

Anonymous said...

Calling Las Vegas a shit hole is an insult to shit holes. When I first moved there one of my wifes co-workers told me that "Las Vegas is a place where people with very little education can come and earn a decent living". That was code for "People here are dumb as bricks". The entire populace is basically a bunch of servants and whores. The general rule is that if it doesn't affect business on the strip it doesn't matter. Crime only matters if it scares tourists. In a nut shell, Las Vegas is the worlds skanky booty call.

Anonymous said...

Haha I am so glad I found this I hate Vegas blog. OH MY GOD DO I HATE VEGAS. The first and only time I went I was pretty much forced to go and I wanted to visit my friend who has recently moved there(feel sorry for him). I though, hey I'll just go and give it a chance. I enjoy the occasionally drunken wild nights. The moment we walked out of the airplane I wanted to blow my head off. IT WAS LIKE THE PITS OF HELL-SO FREAKIN HOTTT. My skin felt like it was going to crack off. I have to admit the first night was fun and okay. Not because of the cultural or people but because I was wasted, I had to in order to calm my nerves in this hellish place. The next day I woke up and was like uhhhhhhh.....I do not want to go out and do the same thing again and again. I layed by the pool the whole day pretty much and thankfully I had one friend there with me who was also like this place sucks. After laying around at the pool for hours we strolled around-too sick to eat. Everything is fake,cheap looking,sex orientated and there is nothing to do BUT drink. I am a drinker but for some reason I just wanted nothing to do with the "strip." One night of dumb ass "clubs" was enough for my ass. I am more of a whole in the wall,everyone knooows your name bar girl. I dont do the clubbin thing because I associate it with horrible tacky people wearing tons of cologne and tight shiny shirts. I would have rather went to florida or something where I could lounge on a beach and at least the scenary is nice and REAL. I gambled only for the free drinks on the slot machines. That occupied me for about 20 minutes before I wanted to die. On day 3, i could not drink anymore liquor or my liver would have failed. Me and my friend ended up finding a liquor store and just buying booze there instead of paying $23 dollars for a freakin drink. We only had 2 more days to sustain. I honestly called my mom and told her to find me a ticket back to home. I spent the next two days tanning in the extreme heat,eating eating eating and drinking at our hotel. All of my friends started feeling the way we felt on day 3. We stayed at the Circus Circus cause it was the cheapest place on the strip. It was a cool place to stay-you know since I spent a majority of the 5 days 4nights there. The weird thing is I am usually the "party" girl and outgoing and all that crap. Vegas literally brought out a depressive side of me. I honestly had a hard time leaving the hotel room. WOW THIS GOT LONG. But I felt I had to justify myself and not feel like I was judging to harshly. I know what it feels like for people to hate your hometown because I was born and raised in Detroit and people seem to hate detroit. I kissed the ground,literally, when we got off to plane and we were home. The whole reason this rant came about is that my roomate and some of our friends our leaving for vegas tomorrow and I REFUSED to go. I told them It wasnt for me. I'm not into all the fakeness and cheap sex. OK OVERALL I WILL NEVER EVER EVER GO HERE AGAIN. Detroit looks like freakin xanadu compared to vegas.

HateLord said...

What is that smell in Las Vegas? Its not in every neighborhood, but it is in many. Someone told me it was the wash , but I even smelled it in Henderson, no wheres near the wash . Damn this place stinks.

Anonymous said...

Ditto the girl from Detroit's comments. I just got back from a bachelor party in Vegas. And I found the place to be a cultural black hole. The scent of Vegas is cheap cologne and cigar smoke. The tourists are either young and all dressed the same - bimbos and himbos - or older and poorly dressed/white trash looking. I especially liked the young parents strolling their kids through the smoke filled casinos and down the trash strewn Strip way after bedtime...Yeah, Vegas is the new Disney World, right.

Anyway the guys I went with were all about 10 years my junior and single/no kids. I'm married and in my later 30's with 3 little ones. I thought that was why I had a bad time, but I honestly love to travel and party so I'm glad I found, via Google, other folks who are too intelligent or cultured to believe the hype about Vegas.

I couldn't justify the $300 a head table service charge for LAX so I stayed home. Every night I would get bombed early and get into bed early; I paid for this the following day with nothing to do during the daylight hours; Virginia may be for lovers, but Vegas is for vampires. I don't have a gambling addiction so the sports book means nothing to me. We stayed at the Palms, surprise, surprise, and I was struck by the ugliness of the whole city as viewed from my high rise room...the rooftops are all flat and black...the city from there looks like a giant parking lot...which would have been a better use of space if you ask me.

My buddies drank all night and slept all day...so I stayed in the hotel watching crap tv and staring at the walls just wishing the whole miserable trip to be over. Vegas brought out the depressive side of me, too. I just felt like I was wasting my time and money in a place that was all plastic and tacky and so hypersexual it was ridiculous...I guess this is where swingers and sexual deviants go to vacation, yuck.

From now on, if I want to get my party on, I'm going to New Orleans, if I want to gamble, AC is more my taste and speed, not to mention it has a beach and fresh air. And if I want to live a fantasy, I'll keep going back to Disney World, where the buildings may be fabricated, but the people and the feelings invoked are genuine.

Anonymous said...

Without a doubt Las Vegas, Nevada is the armpit of the United States. And a smelly one at that. I have been to a lot of cities and Las Vegas is nothing but a whore town. Anyone thinking of moving here? Please, take my advice and DON'T DO IT! Spending a few days is Las Vegas is MUCH DIFFERENT than living here. It's not so much the heat, it's the illusion of Las Vegas. Phoenix is hot, but it's just a "normal" city without the 24/7 booze, gaming, etc. Las Vegas reminds me of a old Western movie with the false front buildings and nothing inside. It's a facade. Las Vegas is an enigmatic city... diminutive for sure. I always wondered why there is such a teacher shortage out here... well, half who come leave within two years. Gee, I do wonder why. Clark county will give you a $2,000 bonus if you are a new teacher. Some bonus... it will cost that much just to rent a truck if you are coming from the Midwest or East. Some bonus. Most professional people have the brains not to move out here, or leave shortly after making a bad decision to move here. Because most educated people simply will not put up with this piece of shit place called Las Vegas. I worked for the Catholic schools. Even they are fucked up in Las Vegas. It's scandel this and scandel that. The turnover of teachers is ABSURD! It's always something. If you get a provisional teaching certificate from Nevada it's only for two years. And there is only one public school system out here and it's Clark County (one of the worst in the nation). Good luck Clark County. If you don't gamble, smoke, or drink much you run out of things to do very quickly. For the sake of God I could not and would not raise a family in this hell hole. There is no sense of belonging, everyone is hidden behind sun glasses, people are fake, and the driving. I have never seen so many traffic accidents in my life! How the hell can you run into someone/something when there is NO weather, no rain, no fog, the roads are new with three lanes of traffic. If I honestly had to stay in Las Vegas I would jump out a window. But be careful if you say that in public... there is an insane state law that they will put you on a mental hold in a hospital for four days. This whole city is insane. In the end what did I get for my mid-life crisis. I had a decent job, but wanted to try something different. Wow, what a mistake. Two years too long in Vegas. It cost $2,000 dollars plus $800 gas to get out here and now another move to get out of here. One day soon Las Vegas is going to suffer because why would any intelligent person want to move here. So few people go to college out here and even if they make thru high school what value is a diploma from Clark County. Culture? Forget it. Belonging? Forget it. Friendly people? Forget it. Health care? I feel sorry for any educated health professional to live in Las Vegas. Forget it. Intelligent people? Forget it. The intelligent people are the foxy son-of-a-bithes who run the casinos. Weather? Forget it. It's either too hot, too cold, or too windy. That ball of fire called our sun does get a wee bit tiresome when you see it every single day. Give me some variety in the weather. What can you possibly do when it's over a 100 degrees in summer? I might have winter back. Why do they pay the weathercasters? It's the sdame day in and day out. If hear that stupid desert doppler rader for a drop of rain one more time! The housing? It's stucco, stucco, and more stucco. Walled in cinder block walls all over the place. Zoo? That thing on Rancho is called a zoo? Come on, it's a joke. Don't even get me statred on the tacky wedding chapels,the tourists the strip, Elvis impersonaters,the homeless, always having spare change for the beggars an every corner, etc., etc., etc. Well, I had to rant and I had to rave. Most of the people here are the nouveau rich or broke. See the movie 21? Well, thats what Las Vegas is... cold, heartless, uncaring. It's a ludicrous place. Well, that is my tirade. I am putting the old condo up for sale in a real estate market flooded with wanna-be risk-takers and people foreclosed upon because they were too stupid to read thier contracts. I'm outta this thing called Las Vegas. I too want to see the neon crap fade in my rearview mirror. All these people on this site can't be wrong. Two years in Vegas is more than a sane person can take. The "old" Vegas of the El Cortez, Sands, etc. died a long time ago. There is nothing romantic about Vegas anymore. My sanity is coming back after a horrible decision to move to Las Vegas. Sanity. PRICELESS! GOOD BYE LAS VEGAS!

Boop Master said...

Seriously? Is there a single normal place to get a drink and meet a norman person in this town? What the hell are all these people doing walking around and going nowhere? I'm here only a few days every month for work but I can't for the life of me figure out what all of these crazy looking, seemingly justified, straight out of a bad 80's movie (they were all bad) looking, walking dead, poor bastards are doing. Spend one day in any European city and you'll wonder what could possibly make so many Europeans want to visit this wasteland. My lips are chapped and so is my ass from the turbulence on the ride in. Au Revoir!

Anonymous said...

The strip is just a quarter step above Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana yet smells just as rank.......

Anonymous said...

I had been to Las Vegas numerous times before, mostly to see concerts at the MGM Arena. But this trip was different. I felt sick most of this trip - the lights dizzying, the constant messages of "buy girls," "gamble," "drink," etc. I thought I was the only person in Vegas who didn't enjoy this atmosphere. Thanks for sharing your stories.

Las Vegas isn't all bad and I agree with posters who say it isn't right to judge a city by the strip. But the culture on the surface and on the strip is just too much for me. Everyone wants your money...and it is designed to make it easy to hand it over.

Anonymous said...

to respond to the tijuana post actually tijuana is about 1/2 a step above las vegas nv at least the people are up front about whats up in tj and their is a beach playas de tijuana and san diego is right across the border so las vegas ranks below tijuana and about 1/4 step above the worst place ever texas <--- F texas!!!

Anonymous said...

Just returned from a business training trip to Las Vegas. My take? Vegas is the absolute bottom rung of American culture. It's truly a shame that one of the attendees of the training session I attended was from Zambia and this was his first trip to the US.

Anonymous said...

I just moved here a month and a half ago due to my husband getting stationed here.
I tried to have a good attitude about moving here even though I was dreading it inside.
The main thing thst bothers me is how unfriendly everyone is!
I came from Texas and there we smile at people and them smile back! Hell you can even strike up a conversation with a stranger and leave a friend!
I guess you either love it here or hate it.
Personally .... I hate it.

Anonymous said...

I'm here now. Staying at the Monte Carlo. This really is the worst place I've ever been to in the world and thats saying something since I've travelled all over the place. How 'Vegas' got a reputation as a fun vacation destination is beyong me. The hotels are very poor, the 'strip' looks like a cross between a building site and some naff shopping centre. Tonight I went to see Mystere at Treasure Island, I should have chucked $80 in the drain, what a load of tosh. and the other people here are just frightening, fat sad looking families, skinny sluts waiting to get banged up and lots of weird gamblers twitching and shouting to themselves. I actually don't want to leave the hotel anymore. Unfortunatley I've one day left here, I think I'll stay in my room and watch daytime TV, now that says it all.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I just got back from a 4 day stay in Vegas today. Let me say the best part was planning the trip. I don't know how many times in the 4 days I was there I would have hopped on the first plane home had we not been with friends. We went because the prepaid trip was relatively cheap. Well, cheap ended as soon as the reservations were made. Never in my life have I seen such overpriced worthless crap! The worst part is people bring their kids to this place for a vacation. Never would I subject my kids to this trashy place, nor would I ever subject myself to it again. Had we not seen Sully Erna at the Hard Rock Casino's Joint, I would have called this a total wasted trip! 2 plane tickets to Vegas - $400, 3 nights stay at the Excalibur - $225, a rental car -$150, and a bunch of overpriced white trash atmosphere = 4 days in absolute hell!!!

Anonymous said...

You think visiting Las Vegas is dismal, try living here. The place is hot as hell, plants, and people are prickly and painful, and if I never see another fake boob again it will be too soon. Crime here is world class and permeates every institution, even churches. Education is not on the state agenda because otherwise how would casinos get people to park cars, carry trays, and flip cards? Does anyone read in this town? recycle? walk, bike, or use public transportation? And yes, there is a definite sewer smell to Vegas, I think it has to do with the P-traps drying out, that and the plastic bag trees, a sure sign of spring. I think all the heat fries people's brains here either that or they are incapable of independent thought - oooh, what a concept- 98% payback on slots - so you are consistently loosing 2%. Yeah, maybe gambling is just a tax on people who can't do math and Las Vegas does not exactly attract the brightest bulbs on Broadway. Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

buffalobirdie said...

Vegas truly is a stanky ass town. My husband and I just got back from there. He contracted pink eye from one of the strippers.

Anonymous said...

Nice. I hate vegas. I hate it so much I googled it. I consider myself intelligent, so I figured there must be others who felt like I do. I was right. LV is a shit hole that attracts the scum of the earth who couldnt make it where they're from & are looking for an easy buck. It's really sad. My daughter's father moved there a few years ago and it has ruined him. He wasn't that great to begin with, but Vegas has really brought the worst out of him. He's mean, aggressive, rude, has a chip on his shoulder, sarcastic and just plain stupid. He has lost a lot of brain cells living there. I can't even hold an intelligent conversation with him anymore because he's completely out of touch with anything going on in the real world. Anything below 60 degrees is cold to him. He lives in the Vegas bubble. Horrible things have happened to him while living there including being robbed at gun point. He's scarred for life and will never be the same. He can't get back what Vegas has taken from him. Now he wants to leave but cant. He's stuck in the quick sand that is Vegas. He'll probably die there. Soon. Thanks for this blog, it reinforced what I already knew to be true. The Devil built Las Vegas. And he collects lost souls there. It seems by the posts that a lot of intelligent people hate Vegas. I think a lot of stupid people like it.

Anonymous said...

"He's mean, aggressive, rude, has a chip on his shoulder, sarcastic and just plain stupid."

You've just described the average Las Vegan. That's what they're all like.

FuckTHis Place! said...

The only people who live here and enjoy are the pricks who are making money. Everyone else is getting sucked dry and broke. When I came here I was the friendly dude from Ohio. Now a year later, I am like the rest of the people I meet here. Broke, angry and mean and know why they are that way too. My advice? Join the army and go to Iraq. At least the fuckers who shoot at you over there will smile while doing it.

Anonymous said...

It's going to be 112 degrees today. Need I say more.

Anonymous said...

LOL
YOU ALL ARE ALL RIGHT.
EXCEPT THEY ONE WITH THE JEWELRY PARTY.
ALL I GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT IS HOPE YOU ALL GOT BULLETPROOF WINDOWS AND BULLETPROOF VEST ON.
THE DAMN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PARTIES END IN SHOOTINGS HOW U THINK A JEWELRY PARTY WILL END.
THE CITY IS HELL NO OTHER WAY TO PUT IT.
I MOVED TO LAS VEGAS IN 1993 FROM WATTS, CA.
MY WIFE AND I MOVED OUT OF THERE A MONTH AFTER THE RIOTS.
AND HONESTLY I WISH I JUST WOULD HAVE STAYED.
I THOUGHT LAS VEGAS WAS A ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL AND A GREAT PLACE IN GENERAL.
2 WEEKS AFTER MOVING HERE I FOUND OUT FROM THE NEWS VEGAS HAD RODNEY KING RIOTS TO.
I MOVED TO DONNA ST. AND CARTIER BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAP.
HA BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE.
I THOUGHT WATTS WAS BAD WITH GANGS.
DONNA STREET CRIPS WHICH RAN THE AREA WERE IN CONSTANT GANG WARS.
IF THEY WERENT FIGHTING WITH DIANA STREET VILLANS IT WAS THE LVO IF IT WASNT LVO IT WAS BERKLEY SQUARE BLOODS IF IT WASNT THEM IT WAS GERSON PARK KINGSMEN. EVEN ANOTHER LOCAL CRIP GANG CALLED CYNDSUE CRIPS FOUGHT IT OUT WITH DONNA STREET CRIPS. IT WAS BLOODS VS. CRIP CRIPS VS. BLOODS BLOODS VS. BLOODS AND CRIPS VS. CRIPS
AND THEN THERE IS LATIN KINGS, BLACK DISCIPLES, HYBRID GANGS, FOLKS, INDEPENDENT GANGS, I EVEN HEAR THERE WAS A BLACK MAFIA OVER OFF OF COMSTOCK.
MY WIFE HAD A SON FROM HER FIRST MARRIAGE. HE CAME TO LIVE WITH US.
LUCKY FOR HIM A MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE.
WRONG
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS ON CONSTANT LOCKDOWN WE HAD HANDBOOKS BROUGHT HOME ABOUT FOR FEAR OF SAFETY WHAT OUR CHILD SHOULD NOT WEAR. I WENT TO THE SCHOOL TO PICK MY SON UP AFTER A SO-CALLED LUNCHROOM RIOT.
NOT ONLY FROM THE FACT OF THEY SCHOOL HAD THERE OWN SCHOOL POLICE DEPARTMENT BUT HOW CROWDED IT WAS HOW OLD THE SCHOOL WAS IT WAS TERRIBLE. AND NO POSTERS OR ANYTHING HANGING FROM THE WALLS.
ON THE WAY OUT A GANG MEMBER IN ALL BLUE ASKED ME IF I WAS INTO CRACK COCAINE OR AS HE SAID IT U GOT ALIL BITTA CHIP FO ALIL BITTA WHITE DIP.
AND THAT WAS JUST THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
PALO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL BONANZA HIGH SCHOOL MOHAVE HIGH SCHOOL CANYON SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL RANCHO HIGH SCHOOL CHEYYENE HIGH SCHOOL LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL DESERT PINES WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL AND ELDORADO HIGH SCHOOL ALL WERE IN THE NEWS WITH IN JUST A FEW MONTHS FOR SHOTS FIRED AND GUNS CONFISCATED. THATS WHAT WAS ON THE NEWS.
A PALO VERDE HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN FRONT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO.
WITH IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS
ON DONNA ST. MY CAR WAS STOLEN I WENT TO THE STORE WITH MY WIFE IN HER CAR AND CAME BACK GLASS WAS WERE IT USE TO SIT.
MY WIFES CAR WS BROKEN INTO TWICE. BEFORE WE CAME OUT ON DAY AND FOUND IT ON CENDER BLOCKS. WITH ONLY THE FRAME LEFT.
WE BOUGHT A CAR FROM ONE OF MY WIFES CO-WORKERS IT WAS NOTHING FANCY JUST SOMETHING FOR MY WIFE TO GET AROUND WHILE SHE WAS PREGNANT.
I TOOK THE BUS.
I GOT OFF WORK COMING HOME ON THE BUS I GET A CALL MY WIFE WAS CARJACKED OFF OF LAKE MEAD BOULEVARD COMING HOME FROM THE WALMART ON MLK AND CRAIG.
ABOUT A WEEK AGO MY STEP-SON WAS AT A CAT BUS STOP ON CHEYYENE AVENUE WHEN SOMEONE DID A DRIVE BY SHOOTING HE WAS SHOT TWICE.
FORTUANTLY HE LIVED BUT IT NEVER MADE IT TO THE NEWS. THE POLICE CAME TO THE HOSPITAL WITH IN 30 MINUTES THEY LEFT.
AND THE MOST RECENT EVENT
A YOUNG MAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED 2 NIGHTS AGO OFF OF PUTNAM AND DONNA.
I WAS GETTING OFF THE BUS STOP WHEN IT HAPPENED. I RAN HOME. I DID NOT CALL THE COPS BECAUSE I DONT KNOW WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN THEN.
I GOT UP THE NEXT MORNING TRYING TO JUST FORGET ABOUT IT.
I WAS WALKING TO THE BUS STOP AND YET THE BODY WAS STILL THERE HOWEVER THE BODY WAS STRIPPED DOWN THEY TOOK HIS WATCH HIS BELT JEWELRY AND EVEN HIS SHOES.
I TRIED TO ACT LIKE I DID NOT NOTICE ANYTHING AND YET I DID NOTICE EVERYONE JUST WALKING AROUND IT LIKE NO ONE ELSE SEES IT EITHER.
LUCKILY THAT NIGHT COMING HOME NLV POLICE WERE THERE.
BUT THATS A JOKE TO IT NEVER MADE IT TO THE NEWS.
THE CITY IS A WASTELAND.

I LIVED IN A WAR-ZONE AND IT COST 650 A MONTH FOR IT. HELL I COULD ENLIST IN THE ARMY AND GET PAYED TO GO THROUGH THE SAME THING.

WATER BILLS POWER BILLS AMAZINGLY HIGH.
I SLEEP TO GUNSHOTS.
SCHOOLS ARE WORSE THEN ANYONE COULD EVEN IMAGINE.
PEOPLE JUST DRIVE AROUND MESSING WITH PEOPLE EVERYTHING FROM EGGING THEM TO SHOOTING PAINTBALLS AT THEM TO FIRING LIVE ROUNDS AT THEM.

GANGS ARE PROBABLY THE WORST.
SO MANY OF THEM ALL FIGHTING OVER A SMALL AREA.
LVO BERKLEY SQUARE BLOODS WC BLOODS PLAYBOY BLOODS ROLLIN 60'S CRIPS SQUAD UP WOOD DONNA STREET CRIPS 20 GANG ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY WITH IN 3 MILES OF ME.

THE POLLUTION IS TERRIBLE MANY TIMES I CANT EVEN SEE THE STRATOSPHERE.
AND ITS SO SO SO HOT
110'S ALMOST ALWAYS

I LIVED IN WATTS, CA DURING RODNEY KING RIOTS AND I GOT TO SAY I MISS IT
VEGAS IS THE MOST SHITTYIEST PLACE OUT THERE AND I CAN ONLY HOPE EVERY PAYCHECK I MAKE IT TO THE BANK BEFORE I GET HELD UP SO I CAN SAVE MONEY TO GET OUT OF HERE.

IF YOU LIKE GANGS, GETTING SHOT AT, SELLING DRUGS, EXTREME HEAT, CORRUPT COPS, CORRUPT JUDICAL SYSTEM, POLLUTION, CONSTANT TRAFFIC AND FEARING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY'S LIFE AND YOU DONT HAVE ANY MEANINGFUL POSSESIONS

DO I HAVE THE PLACE FOR YOU
ALL I NEED TO SAY
IS
FUCK LAS VEGAS
FUCK NORTH LAS VEGAS
FUCK METRO POLICE
FUCK ALL THE GANGS AND CROOKED PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE

FUCK SOUTHERN NEVADA

Anonymous said...

http://lasvegascitylife.com/articles/2008/07/17/news/local_news/iq_22734210.txt

Anonymous said...

To the previous poster: Excellent article! Definitely a must read. Thank you for posting it.

MS V said...

my god... I didn't realize that there were people that felt the same exact way as I do!
I hate this town (and I call it a town, because it's not a real city).
There is no real entertainment. There is no arts community. There are no museums or zoos or community theatres or anything. There is no music scene. We only get washed-up has-beens here.
There are two seasons: REALLY FUCKING HOT and warm. I miss cooling rain, wonderful snow storms, and beautiful foliage. There is only sun and plenty of it.
This is the only city I have ever been to (except maybe LA) where people NEED a car. The public transportation is a joke and everything is too far spread out to walk to.
All of the movie theatres are inside of goddamn casinos.
There are no farmers markets... or anything other than chain supermarkets.
There are no fairs or carnivals. As corny as they are, they're fun lol.
The schools are shit. NV is second or dead last when it comes to education.
There is no sports!
The tap water tastes like shit.
The locals are retards.
I miss being able to take a day-trip to another city/state.

At first I thought it was cool that you could buy booze anywhere and drink and smoke anywhere, but I don't smoke anymore and I rarely even drink lol.
I FUCKING HATE THIS PLACE AND HAVE TO REMIND MYSELF THAT WE'RE MOVING IN A YEAR OTHERWISE I WILL GO INSANE AND BE DEPRESSED 24/7. sorry for all the caps but I just can't adequately express my hatred for this place

Anonymous said...

I retired several years ago and came very close to moving to Vegas. I had been going there off and on, over the years, staying in the casino's, and Vegas seem like a great town. THEN I was lucky enough to talk to a friend, who was living in Vegas (he had retired many years earlier.) He said he hated the place but was locked-in/priced-in with his home and family and now couldn't really move back to California. For two days he showed me around another side of Vegas, and OMG it was an eye opener. He made a statement to the effect that Vegas was OK as long as you were doing well...but if you ever got down in that town...there was no safety nets and you stayed down and out. He didn't like the medical care and or services either. I talked with another retired couple from NY, the husband had tried working but son discovered, that once you got past all the lights and glitter, it wasn't "all that" and the wages were low. I still go and ejoy the town. Maybe, Vegas is a great place to retire for some folks. If moving to Vegas has worked out for you, then I think that is GREAT. However, I will take my chaces here in messed-up California and just continue to visit Las Vegas and Reno as time and money allow me to. At least CA is the devil that I do know.

Bill, retired CA Prison Guard.

Anonymous said...

Ay yall check this
ima tell yall clownz to hold tight 4 a minute
IMA MUTHAFUCKIN VET IN THIS CITY
BORN AND FUCKIN RAISED
THIS IS THA BEST CITY
IM FROM H STREET AND LAKE MEAD
YEA DATZ RITE DOOLITTLE PARK NIGGAZ
WARD 5
89106
THA WEST SIDE OF THA 70DUB

YALL NIGGAZ A BUNCHA PUSS ASS NIGGAZ
IF YALL CANT STAND IT HERE DEN STAY DA FUCK OUT
IF YO FAM GETZ GOT WHO CARES DEY ALL GOTTA DIE SUMTIME NEWAYZ
ND FO ALL YALL MUFUKAZ WHO SAYIN WE AINT GOTTA MUSIK SCENE
ME AND MY NIGGA TRAJIK AND INFARED STARTED THA L.Y.T C.Y.T.I MOVEMENT
I JUS STARTD DA LEFT COAST MOVEMENT
MY NIGGA KNOXX STARTD NEVADAZ LARGEST MUSIK MOVEMENT
THA FROZEN PROPANE
WE ALL DA SAME THANG
ND YA TRAJIK KILLD PRENDES 2 YEARS AGO
BUT DAMN PIG HAD IT COMIN
FUCK YALL DISSIN ON VEGAS
IM FROM THA WEST
WE THA REAL SHIT IN VEGAS
YALL NIGGAZ FROM WISCONISN ND SHIT R THA ONES FUCKIN TIS CITY UP
SO GET TO STEPPIN HOMO ASS NIGGAZ

*FROZE*

Anonymous said...

Well there you have it. Now you know what kind of uneducated low life actually likes living in the hell hole called Las Vegas. This is a prime example of why I got the hell out and will never set foot in that pit of stupid and rude assholes again.

Anonymous said...

I agree with above. And this is what he's is doing @ 1:46 in the morning in Vegas? On a I hate Las Vegas blog. Okay then.

Anonymous said...

To the blog up there... if you are born and raised in Las Vegas you have my blessing. That is why you are the uneducated moron you are. You belong extactly where you are and please stay there.

Wow, a new museum about the mob will open soon in Las Vegas! What culture! Las Vegas is a ludicrous place to live and some 170 blogs prove what is already fact. Las Vegas sucks.

Anonymous said...

I could not agree more. If you thinking to moving to Las Vegas for any reason don't do it! You will regret it the rest of your life.

Wise Man said...

ROFL I couldn't help but to laugh at the post directly after the Internet gangster made his intimidating threats. I lived in hell (Las Vegas) for 6 years every day I pray and I thank God for getting me out of there. I'm not going to elaborate on the Why Las Vegas is the way it is. Because it's all been said already. Instead I want to focus on how Vegas changes you. I want to thank the Internet Gangster for bringing me back to my post traumatic stress I developed over there. I remember running into Idiots Like him all the time and thinking to myself where am I? Why are these people acting like That? And why Am I SURROUNDED by fools and crazy people? You might think it sounds Judgmental but no this is sadly, reality over there. I remember Maintaining Mental Stability was a key issue for me. You see when you’re surrounded by Wolves, Fools, theifs, gypsys, whores and everything else that Vegas has to offer you began to become desensitized thus developing a cold heart, you become anti social (unless you choose to conform and adapt) you can't trust anybody Your very soul is being Tortured and slowly you began to lose yourself, and then the Dark side comes out. The reason for this is because your mind decides FLIGHT OR FIGHT if you choose Flight, Good for you, you were smart. If you choose to stay and Fight as I did for 6 years be prepared for thoughts, words and actions you never even dreamed of. It's a matter of survival and it gets ugly out there, of course the million dollar question. What Lessons are to be learned from these experiences? Let me share my Lessons. You can't speak Logic and reasoning to fools or crazy people they don't have the mental comprehension to understand it. So in other words learn to quite your mind and don't waste your energy on trying to figure out or rationalize why these people are so dysfunctional. Another invaluable lesson is I will never again take for granted my homeland or the simple things in life, like real trees, the rain, the snow, and the very Fresh Air I breathe. My Advice to people living there is DON'T CONFORM, DON'T ADAPT. Hang in there; I want to express my condolences to those living in Vegas now. I know your suffering, I know you feel Isolated, and I know you’re feeling like the very presence Of God Is missing. But God is there, it’s just a Test of FAITH. Learn To surrender, Learn to submit to him. He will guide you out of HELL. AMEN and GOD BLESS

Anonymous said...

How do you save someone from Las Vegas?

Anonymous said...

"How do you save someone from Las Vegas?"

The same way you would save someone from a pit of venomous snakes. Get them the hell out of there.

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Anonymous said...

To the webmaster:
PLEASE review some of these last posts, and remove them. Some of these posts are plain stupid and need to be removed. It reminds me of the days of the CB radio. At first they were great and fun....THEN came the idiots, by the dozens, who only wanted to talk a bunch of trash. It made having an intelligent converstation, on the CB, next to impossiable. Don't let the idiots take over this blog. Again, please consider DELETING some of these last stupid posts...Thank you

Anonymous said...

well damnit its august 15th and im still stuck in the dirtiest dustiest deserty shit box toilet bowl called las vegas, nv my plans to move to san diego, ca have been moved back to march of 2009 i didnt get the sheriff job!!! FUCK YOU LAS VEGAS!!! i fucking hate this hell hole and on top of it all i check in people flying to san diego everyday and when i strike up a conversation about being forced to move here they seem to mention OH MY PARENTS MOVED HERE and keep asking me to also AND THE SAME FUCKING ANSWER THEY GIVE IS NO WAY IN HELL WOULD THEY MOVE HERE AND WHY!!!! CAUSE THEY KNOW BETTER CAUSE THIS PLACE SUCKS!!!!!! FUCK YOU ASSHOLES WHO LIVE IN SAN DIEGO CA AND I DONT YOU DONT DESERVE TO BE THEIR IF I CANT BE THEIR ALSO!!!!! UNGRATEFUL PRICKS!!!! FUCK LAS VEGAS!!!!!!! FUCK YOU FUCK YOU!!!! FFFUUUCCCKKK YOU!!!!

Anonymous said...

Solidarity! I have been in Las Vegas for around two months. Was moved out here for a career step-up in the soft economy. I despise it here. There is zero sense of community and only one dominant industry. I work in gaming and have never encountered such uneducated people. I am not an elitist and am happy dealing with a cross-section of individuals. I have never seen full on contempt for higher education in a professional setting. Cultural wasteland.

Anonymous said...

I've read all the comments posted here and I couldn't agree more. I've lived in Las Vegas since 1991 or 1992, it's been so long I can even remember now. I moved here from the midwest when I was a kid so I've attended public schools and I can say without a doubt that they are the worst in the nation. They are just basically holding cells for future casino workers until they turn 21. A few students get lucky and go off to college out of state, hopefully they will never return. I just went to my 10 year high school reunion this summer and it seems that most of the people that I went to school with have the same opinion as I do. They want to leave Las Vegas and never return but are stuck here by one way or another. I never went to college after high school but I'm going to college now. I'd have to say that not going to college was probably one of the worst mistakes of my life but I'm working on fixing that. I've realized that in order to escape Las Vegas that I need an education to support my family since my only skills set is in the gaming industry. Enough about schools though.

Working in a casino, I can say without a doubt that it brings out the worst in people. You get so comfortable making a decent wage that you stop trying to better yourself. I can't speak for every casino worker. I'm sure there are some of them that actually like their jobs. For me, however, I've come to despise every minute that I'm at work. To give you a little background, I work in casino surveillance so I see just about everything. I used to be a decent person but I'm realizing that the darker side of me is coming out more. I sometimes feel as though I have no compassion for anyone and no passion for anything. It seems that I only now care about who's winning/losing and how much. Granny just blew her medication money on penny slots? Tough, thanks for the paycheck lady. See what I mean? I simply don't care any more and it isn't a good thing. My only respite is the fact that once I leave I can come home to my wife and daughter. Being with them allows me to achieve a balance of sorts. This town seems to bring out the dark side in everyone.

I just got back from vacation with my wife and daughter. We went to the midwest to see family and I can say that I was tempted to not get back on the plane. Everything was better there. The food, the people, the vibe in general were all spot on. For the time that I was there, I felt alive. It was as if an empty void in my life had been filled. Now that I'm back, I'm feeling that void again. This city is a wasteland and the people are just hollow.

There is no culture here and outdoor activity is limited at best. Who wants to go outside when it's 110 degrees out? My wife and I can't even sit outside in the evening some days because it's still too hot. In the winter, the north winds constantly blow so it sucks to be outside then. There are few cloudy days. I think that you need some dreary day to balance out the sunny days, a yin-yang type of thing. When it rains I always go outside to watch it because I don't know when I'll see rain again. Everything here is brown and looks dead. It has an effect on you. Food starts to lose it's taste, music starts to lose it's feeling, everything seems to go flat.

The new residents are always fun to listen to. They always talk about how boring it was where they came from or that the winters were too cold. They don't know what their missing and they don't know what their in for. I just smile at them and tell them "Welcome to Las Vegas". In the back of my mind I'm thinking that they are in for a rude awakening. A lot of locals say there is a 5, 10, & 15 year threshold for moving out of Las Vegas. Most people live in Vegas for at least five years and then contemplate moving and so on. I've been here too long and I'm past the 15 year mark, I wonder if there is a 20 year mark?

Enough of my rant. If, after reading this, you still want to move to Las Vegas, consider yourself warned. Stay away. If you have a family, stay far away. Everything in this town sucks. The jobs, the housing, the food, the people, they all suck. Las Vegas will suck the life out of you.

Anonymous said...

30-year mark for me mate. (Virtually my whole life.. I'm not THAT old ;O) The thing is the Vegas of the 70's and 80's was a lot different (and nicer) from the town of the 90's and onwards..

This place now? ..I barely recognize it. And it isn't the skyline or buildings that have changed the most.. It's the people.

Anonymous said...

I'm moving to Las Vegas. I will be working at the Detention Center in North Las Vegas. Any suggestions? I will be looking for a place to stay that is close to the jail....Please advise of the area. Thank You

Anonymous said...

Most people here seemed to have googled “I hate Las Vegas” and found this forum but I made it here a backwards way by reading some old news stories of a teacher I used to work with. It’s funny how I ended up here from that. This teacher was convicted and sentenced to five years on various sexual misconduct charges with several of his students. This was not the only incident at my school. The long-term sub, who was a former UNLV football player, in the room right across the hall from me, murdered three of his own family members. The husband of our school’s secretary was murdered. I can go on for pages about all the student incidents. Education is unfortunately not important here. My students knew that they could park cars at the resorts and make more money than I did as a teacher. My stripper neighbor, oops, I mean “dancer” neighbor made more than me in less than two months of weekend work than I did in an entire year. Las Vegas has to be the only place in the world where that is possible.
I gave in to many of the temptations of that city the first year and even after going back to being myself the following two years, I developed the hatred for Las Vegas that many talk about on this forum. I swore to my fellow teachers that when my third year was up, I would have my moving van in the parking lot the last day of school. On the last day of school on my third year, my co-workers couldn’t stop laughing when they pulled in to the faculty parking lot and saw my big ass yellow Penske truck. Moving though, gave me mixed feelings as I found myself missing my close friends and my church. I don’t know if I can go back just for my friends. They all want to move eventually too.

On a more comic note, specifically about the drivers, do any of you remember an accident a few years ago somewhere on the western part of the 215 (I don’t remember between which exits) where a pickup doing more than 100mph crashed into the backyard of one of the houses that lines the 215. For any of you who have driven the western portions the 215 will note a few things, for example: the steep slope of melon-sized boulders between the 215 and the houses, the distance between the 215 and the houses, and the height of that slope of boulders between the 215 and the houses. How the hell does someone pull that off? Well, a Las Vegas driver did. The truck landed on its wheels by the way. And, just yesterday here in Houston, a driver nearly sideswiped me because she wanted to go around another car and when I honked, she flipped me off. Where were the plates from? Yep, Nevada, with a Findlay dealership license plate bracket. All I could do was laugh…

Las Vegas is like some of my students were, simply unwilling to change.

Anonymous said...

ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR THE DUMBASS MOVING HERE FOR THE DETENTION JOB!! YEAH IDIOT READ THE FUGGIN POSTS WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WANNA MOVE HERE ESPICALLY NORTH LAS VEGAS WOW I GUESS PEOPLE CAN REALLY BE THAT RETARDED MY SUGGESTION TO YOU DUMMY!! TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THE POSTS CALL YOUR JOB AND REQUEST A TRANSFER RIGHT NOW!!!!! TRY SOMEWHERE ANYWHERE ELSE BUT HERE YOU WILL HATE IT HERE I PROMISE YOU THAT!!! BUT IF YOUR TOO STUBBORN TO TAKE HEAD TO OTHER PEOPLES WARNINGS THEN YOU DESERVE TO BE IN THIS DIRTY DUSTY HOT NASTY HELL HOLE!!

Anonymous said...

My only suggestion for the detention job guy is-don't do it. You'll be sorry, especially in that line of work. Give yourself a chance, you can get that job somewhere else. Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

I was here just recently on a (blessedly) short vacation.

It was the worst vacation of my life. Thank God it was only a couple of days. I was bored to tears a day in.

My companions all turned into a bunch of drunken snobs.

I almost literally kissed my driveway when I returned.

This place is a Bermuda Triangle of filth and decay, sucking good people in and destroying lives.

I will NEVER return here and I wouldn't live there if someone gave it to me. It is a stinking cesspool, a digusting unwashed armpit of a city.

Anonymous said...

Hi all. I was going to take that detention center job in Vegas BUT I just got an offer from WY and am going there instead. However, I am not judging Vegas, I guess it just to big for me and I want to live in a town with less then a million people! I have talked to to some folks that like it there and some that don't. Anyways, I will fly to Vegas once or twice a year and have fun doing that....Thanks everyone.

Anonymous said...

Obviously the wrong question for THIS particular site.. But if anyone as looking for info on 'areas/moving/etc' ..they'd want to check the following..

http://www.city-data.com/forum/las-vegas/

Actually, there's a number that hate the place there too.. ;O)

Anonymous said...

All of you whiners please leave. The city would be better off getting rid of a bunch of crybabies complaining its hot. You moved to the desert morons. Of course its hot. You moved to a world tourist destination, so of course there is traffic and friends showing up wanting to stay with you. Go move to hicksville if you want no traffic and take your bigotry with you.

Anonymous said...

maby this idiot should read the post before leaving his comments and by the way most of us have left las vegas 3rd world craphole

Anonymous said...

"All of you whiners please leave." Ah there's one of the typical Vegas dicks that I miss so much. Enjoy your economic collapse asshole. I laugh every time I think of all you shit stains losing your houses or the hundreds of thousands of dollars of equity that have just vanished on you. Yes, I am literally laughing right now.

Anonymous said...

Nevada taxable sales fall 5.2 percent in July
http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/29804409.html

BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Compared with a year earlier, all 20 areas showed a decrease in prices in July, led by a 30 percent drop in Las Vegas"
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aEyKpTpk90C0&refer=us

BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nevada's jobless rate expected to grow to 8.6 percent
http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/30182304.html

BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Anonymous said...

Analyst tells Economic Forum that Nevada is in recession
http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/30164879.html

BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have several friends that live in Las Vegas. Both believe Vegas is only what you make of it. JUst like any other city. I kinda have to agree with them. As for BWaa.......that statement is really dumb. Grow-up and get a live..even if it is....In Las Vegas.

Anonymous said...

Harrah's Entertainment plans to lay off more workers
http://www.lvrj.com/business/30462154.html

BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Both believe Vegas is only what you make of it. JUst like any other city."

That's the dumbest statement I have ever read. Vegas is anything but "like any other city". It's a desolate shit hole filled with servants, whores and con-men. It's a place so devoid of decency that even the animal shelter is a scam. What Vegas is suffering through right now is pure unadulterated KARMA! And by the way, I did get a life. It began the day I watched that congregation of self centered greedy little assholes fade in the rear view mirror.

Anonymous said...

Nevada's economy has declined more than that of any other state since January 2007 and could get even worse
http://www.lvrj.com/news/30613929.html

BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Anonymous said...

Las Vegas is just like any other large city, you like or you don't. It's more about your attitude than anything else. I believe MR BWAAA, that you have overstated the promblems.

Chris Harmon said...

Vegas- the most overrated city on the planet. I've been there a couple of times for work/conventions, and each time I wonder what the big deal is.
I imagined as a child a city full of wonderfully dressed, beautiful people- like a James Bond movie set in Monte Carlo. Boy, was I ever in for a shock! Drunken, classless fools, throwing money at everything in the pursuit of "entertainment." I have to go there for work next week, so i am staying at a hotel far away from the strip.

I like the outdoors, even the desert, but that place would get to me real quick. What a dump!

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