Re: Ban motorized vehicles on the Casino Floor!
- From: "Nonny" <Null@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:44:56 -0700
<vegasone@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:3muk26hqs2v9tjtb9obvkvmkvavp8qdgq4@xxxxxxxxxx
<Rant mode: ON>
After having my left ankle clipped twice within one hour at the
Mirage, I would like to propose that all privately owned, or rented
motorized vehicles, like those used the the elderly, (Hoverrounds,
Rascals, etc), be banned from the casino floor! The walkways and
areas between the machines are just not big enought for safely
operating this things. Powered wheel chairs are okay but not the
three wheelers. Powered wheel chairs, at least the ones I have seen,
do not have the "get up and go" these Rascals and Hoverrounds have.
<Rant mode: OFF>
I'm assuming that your post is serious and not just a troll, so let me give a serious response to it. Mrs. Nonny requires a 3-wheeler to get around, and I understand both YOUR position and the other issues as well. She's used a 3-wheeler progressively more and more since the mid 1980's and is very skilled and experienced. As the person who is usually with her, I still have the scars and bruises to show solidarity with you, though.
In a crowded situation, such as a casino floor, people bump each other frequently, but don't even notice it. However, if you have a person sitting on a low scooter, you don't notice them until there's a bump. It's not always accidental, either. I've personally seen people on scooters virtually charge into a crowd with a "get out of my way or be damaged," attitude. It's not unlike the harried mother with infant in a stroller using the stroller as a battering ram to part the crowds at Disneyland.
The opposite can happen as well. About 3-4 months ago we were at Southpoint, near the Oyster Bar, on our way to the elevator and the movies. Mrs. Nonny was passing a group of 3-4 drunk men when one of them literally, deliberately put out his foot for her to run over. She couldn't stop or swerve and did run over his toes. He then jumped around, howled and generally made a spectacle of himself, to draw attention or amuse himself and the other men. I was about 8' behind her when it happened and stepped up to tell the man, his buddies and the security person who walked up what I had seen. I suggested that if there was any question, that a security camera would verify what I had seen. The guard told the drunks to move along and only asked Mrs. Nonny to be real careful with her scooter.
Now, for what I think happens frequently:
People going on a vacation, cruise or coming to LV know that they will be spending a lot of time moving from one place to the other. If they have breathing difficulty, mobility issues or are overweight, the proliferation of inexpensive scooters and rental scooters makes it very easy to obtain one at the vacation spot. The people using them are frequently first time users and really do not have a feel for clearances, stopping, starting or even scooter courtesy. I was at a class reunion a few years back talking to classmates when another classmate on a scooter drove up to visit. He crashed into the table, spilling 3-4 people over backwards in their chairs and running over one gal's leg. It was a terribly embarrassing thing for him, and traumatic for the rest of us. Nobody was really hurt, though. He'd just gotten the scooter and didn't know much about driving it. Other times, the illness that requires a scooter can impair the user's judgment or coordination.
Your comment about the electric wheelchair bears the above out, IMHO. The wheelchairs are used most often by people who have had long term debilitating illness and they have become skilled in their use. The almost-disposable 3-wheelers, particularly those rented or newly purchased, are generally used by folk who haven't gotten used to them and develop an understanding of how to use them in crowded conditions.
Sometimes, there are cultural factors at play. On cruises, particularly those to Alaska, there are many people from Asian countries. They don't understand our own ways of courtesy and will crowd onto an elevator before others get off. With a scooter, that becomes even more of a problem. I see it happening less, though, for some reason.
Well, that's my thoughts on the situation. You can bet that scooters will never be barred from anyplace. If you're like me, you'll learn to step back and guard your toes and ankles when you're around someone using one. If you've never had your foot run over by a push-type wheelchair, then you're lucky. The scooters are nothing, compared to the 1" wide, hard rubber, wheel of a real wheelchair. <Grin>
On most days,
it's just not worth
the effort of chewing
through the restraints..
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