A Las Vegas limo driver got stiffed twice in 30 minutes Tuesday by NBA star John Wall, a runaway choice for worst tipper of the year.
Wall, the first pick of the NBA’s 2010 draft, not only didn’t tip for a ride from Signature Aviation to Aria at CityCenter but doubled-downed on chutzpah. As the driver was dropping off two other passengers at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Washington Wizards star point guard called and said he left something on the plane and asked that it be retrieved.
The limo driver, who had waited more than two hours for the late-arriving plane, drove back to Signature, picked up Wall’s dental retainer from the pilot and drove back to Aria. When she arrived, she was told to leave the teeth aligner known as an Invisalign at the reception desk.
“I knew what that meant,” said the driver, an invis-a-tip.
It was the driver’s only ride of a nine-hour day. The day’s take? A total of $27.50 from the tip built into the limo reservation for four passengers.
No one tipped.
When the driver got home, a roommate, also a limo driver, had also picked up an NBA player at the airport. Veteran Shane Battier, a member of the Miami Heat’s two-time NBA championship teams, tipped $10 on a ride to Wynn Las Vegas.
Wall signed a five-year deal worth $80 million last summer.
A management shakeup at CBS-Radio affiliate KXNT, FM News 100.5 and CBS Sports Radio 1140, has cost news director Chuck Meyer and program director Andrew Paul their jobs. The moves, I’m told, were related to angst over KXNT’s coverage of the fatal shootings of two police officers and a civilian, and the tense Bundy ranch standoff. Meyer arrived two years ago from Tucson, Ariz., and Paul was hired three years ago from a Boise, Idaho, station. “We are conducting a search for their replacements,” said Jerry McKenna, senior vice president and market manager for CBS-Radio, Las Vegas. In the interim, McKenna said FM News 100.5 morning anchor Joe Gillespie adds news director to his responsibilities and Cat Thomas, KLUC program director, takes on the overall programming for the two stations. ...
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has hired Nancy Gay as vice president and editor-in-chief of UFC.com. She will develop editorial content for UFC.com and direct the website’s worldwide operation, spanning 16 regions and nine languages. Gay, who has been working at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, is a longtime writer and broadcast analyst of combat sports, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and motor sports for the NBC Sports Group, FOXSports.com, ESPN, and NFL Network. She is also the first female voter for the 46-person Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, dining at Giada (Cromwell) on Monday. … Riding the High Roller (Linq) over the weekend: Australian sensation Dante Exum, the Utah Jazz’s No. 5 overall pick in the NBA Draft last month. He was celebrating his 19th birthday on Sunday. ... Country singer/songwriter Jamie Lynn Spears, riding the High Roller on Monday. ... The on-again, off-again relationship of former adult film legend Jenna Jameson and ex-UFC champ Tito Ortiz was back on Monday. They were seen celebrating at Mingo Kitchen. ... At The Cromwell’s Bound by Salvatore bar: Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. ... Houston Rockets star James Harden, at The Bank (Bellagio) on Sunday.
THE PUNCH LINE
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