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Old 12-28-2016, 02:30 AM
 
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I left Monday, Dec. 26, to drive from Carson City to Stateline, NV, where Harrah's Tahoe is located (right next to South Lake Tahoe, CA).

On Rt. 50 going through the mountains, all I saw were California license plates. At least 9 our of every 10 cars. This also included Glenbrook and Zephyr Cove. It's like they have set up and made camp here. I have never seen so many Californians here until this week.

What is going on? I felt kind of resentful, like Californians: this is our state. Stay out of it. You have enough casinos in your own state. We don't want you here to diminish our peaceful way of life. You bring nothing but crime and trouble with you. Stay in South Lake Tahoe, CA for skiing, but do not cross the invisible line into Nevada at Stateline to go to our casinos. I am not the only local who has said we do not want tourists overrunning our town.

And, wouldn't you know it, a car with a California plate made a left turn out of the Harrah's garage, onto Rt. 50 towards South Lake Tahoe, even though traffic signs prohibited it. I honked at him when I saw him commit that infraction. It cost me 15 seconds. This is the type of people we do not need in our state. They think they can come to our state and break laws with impunity.

They also raised the weekday price of the Forest Buffet at Harrah's by $4 for locals ($5 for non-locals), just for this week, since they can charge holiday pricing as there are so many people, even though the menu was the same. Geez, thanks Californians. I was shocked when they told me the price ($15.99 instead of the usual $11.99). This is what is known as the "Bay Area Premium". The Bay Area in CA charges a few dollars more for everything, because the retailers can get away with it. They even charge more than SoCal. For example, Hooters on AYCE wing nights (bone-in) is $16.99 is the Bay Area, $15.99 in the Sacramento area, but just $14.99 in Washington and Oregon.

And this is also why registration for cars is so much in Nevada and there are similar laws, like crosswalk laws and blue curbs and online insurance verification. It is because they have this in California (I used to live there, so I know).

Other bad behavior by Californians: there was a 2-hour wait at the buffet. So they stop the line every 15 minutes, and block it off. So some guy in his 60's with purple hair asked to use the restroom in the buffet. When he came back he quickly crawled under the ropes and snuck into the back of the line that had just been admitted, this shortening his wait by over an hour.

When I go to California, I respect their land and people. I respect their laws. I wish Californians had the same courtesy in Nevada.

 
Old 12-28-2016, 11:15 AM
 
Location: NNV
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I can understand how you feel, but why go to a city that depends on tourism during a holiday week? I'd think this is a very busy time of year. It's like going to Las Vegas during New Years Eve...
 
Old 12-28-2016, 03:34 PM
 
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Good point! LOL.

I guess I was depressed about not getting my money's worth at the local buffet on Christmas day at the Rum Jungle Buffet at Casino Fandango in Carson City (the only one in Carson City besides Slot World's $1.99 AYCE Pasta). It cost a whopping $22.99, and I went during breakfast to avoid the lines. Because it was so early, I just had a little bit to eat. I was not happy because I didn't eat $22.99 worth of food. So I vowed to get revenge by going to another buffet the next day. But the Rum Jungle Buffet in Carson City is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, so I had no choice but to go to Stateline or Reno, both 30-45 minutes away (I drive slowly). Had I known the price had increased too in Stateline, I might have balked. I know; this is a weird story.

A local told me not to worry, as the Monday or Tuesday after New Year's Day, things would return to normal.
 
Old 12-28-2016, 05:20 PM
 
Location: NNV
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Even though I go to buffets also, I don't eat my fill and at my age and weight, I shouldn't. Now, it's just more about the variety...

In California, the minimum wage is going up again in 2017 (to $10.50). So prices won't be coming down much on the CA side...
 
Old 12-29-2016, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Reno
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I left Monday, Dec. 26, to drive from Carson City to Stateline, NV, where Harrah's Tahoe is located (right next to South Lake Tahoe, CA).

On Rt. 50 going through the mountains, all I saw were California license plates. At least 9 our of every 10 cars. This also included Glenbrook and Zephyr Cove. It's like they have set up and made camp here. I have never seen so many Californians here until this week.

What is going on? I felt kind of resentful, like Californians: this is our state. Stay out of it.
Maybe you're too new here, but Nevada needs Californians to supplement our economy in Nevada. You want Californians to stay out of Zephyr Cove and Glenbrook? That's just silly. How about South Lake Tahoe (California) residents who are driving to Carson City to spend their money at Costco or other businesses there?

Harrah's didn't raise the price of its buffet because some of its guests were coming from California. It's a common practice around the holidays. And I can guarantee that if California residents weren't visiting Tahoe or Reno, you would have far fewer buffet options, because those casinos wouldn't be around very long. They need Californians' business.

Let's see what you think after you've been here for a few years.
 
Old 12-29-2016, 08:17 AM
 
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I always look at Californians providing the money needed by Nevada to do business so we don't have to pay a state income tax. I welcome the Californians! Just be sure to go back to California after you leave all your money here, then come again when you have more!
 
Old 12-29-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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Originally Posted by mileena View Post
I left Monday, Dec. 26, to drive from Carson City to Stateline, NV, where Harrah's Tahoe is located (right next to South Lake Tahoe, CA).
On Rt. 50 going through the mountains, all I saw were California license plates. At least 9 our of every 10 cars. This also included Glenbrook and Zephyr Cove. It's like they have set up and made camp here. I have never seen so many Californians here until this week.
What is going on? I felt kind of resentful, like Californians: this is our state. Stay out of it. You have enough casinos in your own state. We don't want you here to diminish our peaceful way of life. You bring nothing but crime and trouble with you. Stay in South Lake Tahoe, CA for skiing, but do not cross the invisible line into Nevada at Stateline to go to our casinos. I am not the only local who has said we do not want tourists overrunning our town.

Other bad behavior by Californians: there was a 2-hour wait at the buffet. So they stop the line every 15 minutes, and block it off. So some guy in his 60's with purple hair asked to use the restroom in the buffet. When he came back he quickly crawled under the ropes and snuck into the back of the line that had just been admitted, this shortening his wait by over an hour.

When I go to California, I respect their land and people. I respect their laws. I wish Californians had the same courtesy in Nevada.
Are you aware that a good portion of the population of Nevada is composed of California expats? In 2012 19% of the population of Nevada consisted of people moving there from California. I was one of them..I lived in Nevada for 14 years as did about 80% of the residents of the Reno HOA I lived in. I never saw any of this horrible behavior by former California residents, maybe you should take a deep breath and quit obsessing on California license plates since about one in 5 of the Nevada license plates are on cars driven by ex California residents.

Or, if you are really perturbed by Californians, move to a place like Alabama or Mississippi, they have very few California transplants.
 
Old 12-29-2016, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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Good point! LOL.

I guess I was depressed about not getting my money's worth at the local buffet on Christmas day at the Rum Jungle Buffet at Casino Fandango in Carson City (the only one in Carson City besides Slot World's $1.99 AYCE Pasta). It cost a whopping $22.99, and I went during breakfast to avoid the lines. Because it was so early, I just had a little bit to eat. I was not happy because I didn't eat $22.99 worth of food. So I vowed to get revenge by going to another buffet the next day. But the Rum Jungle Buffet in Carson City is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, so I had no choice but to go to Stateline or Reno, both 30-45 minutes away (I drive slowly). Had I known the price had increased too in Stateline, I might have balked. I know; this is a weird story.

A local told me not to worry, as the Monday or Tuesday after New Year's Day, things would return to normal.
Prices go up on holidays, not because of Californians. The same is true in any resort area, check the price of motel rooms over Christmas as opposed to the middle of January. Nevada would be in deep doo doo if it didn't have out of state tourists spending their money at casinos and hotels, locals could not keep them in business.
 
Old 01-09-2017, 12:31 AM
 
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Looks like you got your wish, temporarily anyhow, thanks to the flood.
 
Old 01-09-2017, 12:36 AM
 
Location: SF Bay & Diamond Head
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Nevada quit spending tens of millions of dollars to lobby against CA gaming proposals. Without CA weekend gambling in Vegas and Tahoe and Reno you'd be toast.
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