Las Vegas Metro Still Removing Vendors At Famous Welcome Sign
Lots of vendors accept money for goods and services at the famous Las Vegas sign. Now the Las Vegas Police Department is determined to stop them.
Last week, a photographer from Hungary was giving a citation after she accepted a tip from a person she took a photo for, fox5vegas reported. The trained photographer has worked at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign for over 10 years. And says she never charges people nor asks them for tips for taking their photo. Still, as soon as she accepted money from a tourist, a county representative appeared and gave her a citation.
The photographer also told fox5vegas that she was warned about the next time she was caught. And that it would result in a citation as well as an arrest. The photographer has never had a problem taking photos at the Las Vegas sign until recently. And said it’s not illegal to accept tips there.
But the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it IS illegal for photographers to accept money for photos at the Las Vegas sign.
Metro told fox5vegas that the ordinance has been in place for a long time. They have just started enforcing it recently. And while the photographer that was interviewed believes it’s only illegal if you charge someone, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Fox5vegas reported that Metro said it’s illegal to do it “for a fee”. Whether that fee is compensation or gratuity doesn’t seem to matter.
Metro also removed food vendors who were on site at the Las Vegas sign. The ordinance prohibiting vendors from being there states that there can’t be sales of food, beverages or merchandise within 1500 feet of the sign (fox5vegas.com). And there is a physical sign on the property that reads “Vendors are not licensed to conduct business at this location”.
And while that sign might be a little confusing, Metro handing out citations is pretty straight forward.