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Vegas Cops Cracking Down on Cheap Water Sales

by , Jul 5, 2012 | 12:08 am

The man anxiously spies over the side of a pedestrian footbridge near Bally’s, searching for police officers patrolling the Strip on a blistering summer day.

He is a lookout for unlawful vendors selling bottles of water to hot and thirsty tourists. His cellphone rings constantly as his fellow street peddlers call for status updates on where police officers are. This time, it’s his jumpy business associate worried about police busting a nearby vendor.

“Calm down, man, I’m watching,” the man tells his business partner Monday.

He won’t give his name as he chats about his eight-year stint selling water bottles on Las Vegas Boulevard South and how he has been arrested three times in that period for doing business without a license. He said he can’t get a business license because Clark County government doesn’t view his operation as legitimate.

“We’re not selling drugs or ripping people off,” the man said. “I do it for a living to get food for the family.”

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