Tourism in Las Vegas has sunk to a new low and to such a low one can only wonder “how low can you go”!

Not as far as Tampa Red’s Hokum Jug Band does musically but much lower socially with hundreds of Glitter Gulch tourists taking advantage of the law that while protecting the disabled shields those who diss them.

Once the prized symbol of a smidgen of normalcy for the paralyzed, disabled American, whether a veteran missing both legs, or a grandmother victimized by multiple small “vascular incidents,” the Mobility Scooter is being rented at $40 a day by (quote) “normal” able bodied tourists.

These vacationers descend on the desert gambling mecca and an increasing number find it too difficult to navigate the four miles of the famed “strip” at least by “shanks mare.”

The “Gulch” is well past its early days when tourists could amble along leisurely taking in the sights. Today, the modern casino is ’bout the size of two football fields leaving uncounted the
hotel rooms, shopping malls, spas, bars restaurants and spas.

There are long stretches of sunbaked asphalt to navigate as well as crowds of people for those who plan on rolling the dice at more than one casino and taking in more than Dion or the free trapeze acts at Circus Circus.

“We’re seeing more and more young people just for the fact that the strip has gotten so big, the hotels are so large” said Marcel Maritz, owner of Active Mobility, a scooter rental firm whose inventory also includes wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.

While the majority of Maritz’s customers are obese, elderly or disabled, an increasing number are seemingly fit.

The number of able bodied has grown to account for five per cent of Active Mobility’s business, he said while noting he rents out 300 scooters.

The scooters can open up to about 5mph at full throttle albeit hindered by Las Vegas’s crowded sidewalks and can go anywhere into elevators, stores, casinos and bars and crap tables.

Police ban the scooters from the street.

Many hotel employees try to discourage the fit from using the scooters but all said refusing the self-indulgent is not an option.

“You can’t really discriminate against anybody,” said Tom Flynn, owner of Universal Mobility pointing out “no prescription is required.”
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