What happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas

Associated Press Modified: August 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm •  Published: August 22, 2012
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — What happens in Vegas ... doesn't stay in Vegas. It is a marketing ploy, people. Really.

Oh sure, you've seen the commercials, the ones that say anything goes here. Even the straight-laced are seen smoking cheap cigars and playing slots before they've left the airport.

But Prince Harry is not alone. Everyone is fair game, especially when cameras are standard equipment on smartphones and Facebook is just a click away.

Note these examples:

— After a September 2010 concert at the Hard Rock's Wasted Space nightclub, a bathroom attendant noticed Bruno Mars was taking a long time in a stall — accompanied by a little bag of white powder. A security guard confronted him as he left, and Mars ended up getting probation and community service for a cocaine charge — all as his song "Just the Way You Are" climbed the Billboard charts.

— In 2010, a police officer stopped the car Paris Hilton was riding in after noticing a "vapor trail" of marijuana smoke wafting from the windows. Once inside the Wynn resort on the Strip, Hilton reached in her Chanel purse for lip balm but ended up dropping a small bag of cocaine — right in front of the officer. She told authorities it wasn't hers and she thought it was gum.

— A group of General Services Administration employees got some unwelcome fame when the goofy skits they prepared for a lavish conference in October 2010 ended up on YouTube. A congressional panel wasn't as amused by one employee's ditty about never getting audited by the inspector general. Heads rolled when word got out that the $820,000 event included a taxpayer funded clown, mind-reader, and 24 unassembled bicycles for a team-building exercise.