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Las Vegas Strip bar receipt going viral over charge for 'rocks'

Posted: 6:31 PM, Mar 29, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-30 06:18:06-04

A receipt from Bally's Las Vegas is gaining a lot of attention for showing a $3 charge for "rocks," making many think they were charging for ice.

But after asking bartenders, they say that's not the case. They say the charge is for what they call a "rocks bump," meaning an additional charge for ordering a drink on the rocks as opposed to a mixed drink because you're adding the equivalent almost an extra shot.

Many bars and restaurants, like La Comida downtown say that's very common. But in most cases, the price will be included in the drink and not itemized separately on your receipt like it was in this case.

But the receipt sparked a conversation on where the line should be drawn on added fees on the Strip, especially after many resorts added paid parking in the past year.

"I don't know at what point something will transpire that will make people say 'you know what, I'm going to go to another city,'" says Scott Roeben with VitalVegas.com.  

With record visitors still coming to Las Vegas, he says resorts have no incentive to stop adding more fees because the appeal of Vegas is so strong to visitors.

"Bottom lines are healthy and they're going up, but at some point it may come back to bite them," he says.