May 23rd, 2009
01:48 PM ET
14 years ago

King: Luck running low in Las Vegas

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Mayor Oscar Goodman says economic trouble hit Las Vegas "virtually overnight."]

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - A search online turns up rooms at Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel for as low as $26 - a sure sign the recession is taking a toll on Las Vegas and rates are being slashed to attract visitors.

Judy Bagley, a casino cashier who traded chips for cash and vice versa, found out about recession's toll another way.

"My supervisor came and said I had to close the booth and she was going to count me out and I was to go and meet with the manager and director," Bagley told CNN. "When I went up there they said my services were no longer needed and my job was being eliminated."

So three months ago, after more than 28 years at Fitzgeralds, she was out of work.

"It felt like I was more or less stabbed in the back after all the years I had been there," Bagley said. "I'd been very loyal to the company and never called in sick and I have very little discipline [issues] and it felt like betrayal."

The sting became a little less personal as she watched more and more friends and colleagues lose their jobs.

Full story

Filed under: State of the Union
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Lynn

    Good ole John King...couldn't get Ridge to dis on President Obama even when he fed him with a loaded question so once again he scours the landscape to find another complaining Republican to highlight on his too long, too partisan and very predictable show.

    To even assume that the downfall of Las Vegas's downturn is due to the loss of a few conventions is pathetic. What exactly has the same mayor doing to improve Las Vegas??

    Before we hear the whining about the president going to Las Vegas...he is going there for a fundraiser for Seantor Reid...last time I looked he will be running again in Vegas.

    May 23, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Simmy

    I hope luck is running real low on his show......

    May 23, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Biased

    It is a shame that the White House and their financial minions have made Las Vegas a scapegoat as they heap ridicule on businesses who have conventions there stirring up the ire of the citizens to gain better support for their controls they want to enforce. Now no company will want to go there for fear of being ridiculed by the elite in office who think they need to always have an enemy to blame. Want to show overspending by a company – just make sure you yell out to the audience that they went to Las Vegas.... crowd pleaser for sure unless of course you live in Las Vegas.

    May 23, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |