August 10, 2010

Las Vegas Hula-Hoop Ban

Of all things to happen in Las Vegas, who would believe this? A new movement in the town where anything goes is singling out hula hoops as a public menace that needs to be banned.

The tourist destination known for its casinos, resort hotels and many concerts and other attractions (as well as legalized escorts), has decided that the epidemic hula hoop usage in the Fremont Street Experience area has begun to disrupt traffic and cause a public nuisance.

Said one local, "The argument they use is that free speech is bad for business and we need to protect business. The courts have repeatedly said that while business is important, it cannot trump constitutional rights. I don't know how much clearer they can make it."

Las Vegas Hula-Hoop Ban

This is a city where tourists are welcome to wander certain streets with open bottles of alcohol, where the phone books contain hundreds of color page ads for "escorts" and where gambling is so ubiquitous that slot machines appear in most 7-Elevens. Yet the Las Vegas City Council is now zeroing in on halting a new public menace: Hula-Hoops. OK, not all Hula-Hooping. Specifically, city leaders later this month may ban the use of the usually plastic, hip-gyrating equipment on a five-block pedestrian mall known as the Fremont Street Experience in the city's downtown core because, they argue, their use obstructs traffic flow and causes public disruptions.

Las Vegas Hula-Hoop Ban

Posted at August 10, 2010 6:01 AM