Vegas is an expensive place. Sure, you can get cheap hotel rooms. Sure, you can find some cheap drinks. Sure, you can find some cheap entertainment. Sure, you can even find some cheap buffets.
…but there are some eateries, where you need to bring your checkbook.
As you know, I’m at the Mandalay Bay Resort for the Boarding Area conference. Traveling from my hotel room at the Luxor, to our conference took at the Mandalay Bay you’ll pass a variety of chain venues – Starbucks, Subway, Johnny Rockets, Nathan’s Hot Dogs. By virtue of the location, when you’re on a break and want to grab a cup of coffee, the Starbucks just outside the hallway is your best bet for a cup o’ joe. That’s where they got you.
I had lunch today at a Johnny Rockets on the lower level of the conference facility. I got a burger, fries and a milkshake. Ordinarily, at a regular Johnny Rockets, that same meal probably would have cost $15. Not a cheap lunch, but for a good place, it’s a meal I can stomach (no pun intended). Today, my lunch came up to just about $25…wait…did I accidentally order the filet mignon? The cashier behind the counter gave me a 25% employee discount, and when I inquired why, she mumbled something I couldn’t hear and asked for my credit card. I handed over my card, paid for my food.
I’m reluctant to pay such a high bill for a “cheap” meal…even with an “employee” discount. Unfortunately, with a short lunch break and a hungry stomach, I needed to grab food and get back to the next speaker session. That said, I really do feel guilty as a consumer any time I pay for something I know is truly not worth that much.
I don’t think it’s unusual for travelers to pay for that spur of the moment meal, knowing it wouldn’t be worth the same at home…or in this case, off of the Vegas strip.
What experiences have you had in this regard? Any opinions and suggestions on how to avoid it?
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