Five unconventional ways to lose your shirt in Vegas

By , Network World |  Tech & society, interop, Tech & society

After I hadd arrived at the Rio a couple of years back, I realized that I left my company credit card back at the office. IDG promptly FedExed the card to me overnight, at which point the Rio actually charged me a $5 fee just for picking up the package. Yes, really. That was their justification for charging me $5.

There really is no way to avoid ticky-tack fees like this if you've left something crucial at home and you need it sent to you ASAP. The only alternative I can think of is to have your company invest heavily in carrier pigeons.

4.) Don't use your hotel phone for, like, anything.

My colleague John Cox used his hotel room phone one time to change his outgoing voice messages at both home and work. The process took him about four minutes, but it cost him a total of $40.

In the age of cell phones, there is simply no reason to use your hotel's landline service for any reason. Of course, it won't be long before casinos find some way to successfully block cellular signals within their building and force you to use their own internal network that will charge you a modest rate of $95 per minute… uh, on second thought, maybe I shouldn't give these guys any ideas.

5.) Don't invest in real estate.

Although this is not something that I have personally done, it's become the most surefire way to lose money in Vegas other than saying "Hit me!" when you're at 21. Sure, the entire country suffered from the collapse of the housing bubble over the past few years, but few cities saw as remarkable decline as Las Vegas, where home prices fell by a whopping 50% from their peak in 2006. Things could get even worse for Vegas real estate in the coming years as any new commercial building constructed during the boom period will surely find itself underwater when its real estate loan reaches the end of its term over the next four years.

At any rate, it's become virtually impossible to take a trip to Vegas without getting ripped off in one way or another. Your best bet for saving money when you go there is probably to sleep under a bridge and rummage through dumpsters for scraps of food. Although, who knows? Maybe the casinos will grow tired of people free-riding off there dumpster food and will start requiring you to insert a $5 bill before accessing it.

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