The Neat Fee
This is the era of outrageous fees and creative ways to nickel and dime patrons. After the uproar of resort fees, we ceded to the early check in, late check out, express check-in, bedding preferences, and other fees that might have potential value when the city's running on a busy weekend. But after coming to accept the nature of the game, a scotch-loving friend of mine having dinner at SW Steakhouse texted to inform me of the tackiest, chintziest fee I've ever heard of:
A $3 fee on neat pours of spirits.
It's not the money; $3 is a drop in the bucket on an SW dinner tab. And speaking of drops, yes, neat pours are generally a tiny bit more generous. But Jebus, this is Wynn. This from the resort who prides itself in empowering employees to take ownership despite minor monetary discrepancies. It's where pit bosses have returned bets, some of them big, no questions asked because I was pretty sure I had won the hand. It's perhaps the last place on the strip that'll offer you a discretionary buffet comp because you've slaved away at the table for some time.
I don't know the extent of this fee and neither did my friend who brought it to my attention. Is this Wynncore-wide? Only at SW? Or maybe at just the "finer" restaurants? And how long have they been doing this? I'd love to hear if anyone from the VT community can expound.
Clearly, the higher-ups recognized that a good number of spirit connoisseurs are patronizing SW and whether their order is a Glenlivet 12 or a Macallan 30, they can milk an extra $3 if you opt to go ice-free.
This is squeezing drops out of a dry lemon. It's filling the last of the liquid hand soap with water before breaking open a new bottle. It's incredibly ghetto.
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