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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Sheriff Doug Gillespie will add more police assigned to downtown Fremont Street to help solve the problem with some of the street performers. Hopefully all tourists to Las Vegas know they are under no obligation to tip any street performer in Las Vegas. This week’s Reader Poll asks the question do you think Street Performers should be allowed to perform at the Fremont Street Experience while trying to obtain tips from anyone walking by? What is your opinion? We want to hear from you. (See other Readers’ opinions below.)

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Seeing the street performers gone from all sidewalks would be great for me. I didnt come to Vegas to see low end skilled performers hustling me for tips as i walk down the streets. Casey T. AZ

My preference would not to see those people. They are a nuisance and expect money and I really never asked them to dress up in strange clothes and bug people for money. Bonnie H San Diego CA

yes, one of the reasons to go downtown is to see what characters are there on a visit.
Gary Keller El Reno, OK

Although street performers add interest and an energetic street fair feel, they can quickly become a nuisance. A possible solution would be to offer a registration system where performers can be assigned to perform at a specific location and time. They get the opportunity, Fremont gets added excitement, crowds have a more enjoyable visit. A win-win in Vegas? Could be. Bob Port Washington, WI

I think the street performers need to be approved and licensed before being allowed. It is inappropriate to have adult oriented performers and then Sesame Street characters in same area. Many of the costumes worn are dirty and smelly. Most performers have no talent or are just disgusting. Police and security presence could help if city had stricter ordinances. Michael Heldt Chesterton IN

Street performers are a sign of economic times and unfortunatey they have rights to, but it is like the people handing out smut paperwork, i wish they were not around. Gina Boise Idaho

I don't have a problem with the street performes but they should make it clear that tips are requested not required. Cliff Barton

I love street performers. They add flavor and character to Fremont Street. They're working for a living, feeding their families, contributing to the economy and providing free entertainment for the masses. What could be wrong with that? As long as tipping is optional if you enjoyed their performance and they don't hold their hand out expecting a tip. In Vegas they're a pleasant diversion from the casinos, the tourists and the homeless. Would you rather they be on public aid? Sharon Chicago, IL

Maybe I could perform my disappearing money trick that I have mastered after years of practice in the casinos? That surely would deserve a hefty tip. I enjoy watching the street performers and do tip if I find them entertaining. If they have to become aggressive to get tips maybe their act needs to get better. William Lockhart Waterford, NY

Personally, I always stay Downtown when I'm in Vegas simply Because of the street performers and the related people-watching opportunities. I don't think you should be Required to tip,but there's no harm in being asked - just not harassed. L A Graham
Lynn, MA

They are vermin. Get them off Fremont Street. Paul Kingfisher, OK

If you don't want to be bothered by street performers, ignore them. Joe Evergreen Park, IL

I personally have never tipped a street performer (and I normally consider myself a good tipper). I think some of the acts are neat while some are quite tacky. I guess I have always wonderered why people are allowed to attempt to make a living that way. Expecting tips and not having to pay taxes like the rest of us really isn't fair. For my part, they could do away with all the street performers. Barb Gange Minot ND


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