Partygoer Spends $200,000 Clubbing and Adds Offensive Message to Resorts World Marquee

by Anthony Losanno
Resorts World

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Some people have too much money for their own good. Ben Ralph is described as an Australian “trust fund baby.” He was partying at Encore’s Beach Club. When he wanted to move on, he demanded that the XS Nightclub in the Wynn open an hour early. This is not something that can happen without notice due to staffing. The manager, Niko Samarxhiu, tried to explain this to him, but he wasn’t having it. A heated argument reportedly ensued and law enforcement was called. He was then barred from the Wynn. The party moved to Resorts World and the drama continued.

Per Vital Vegas:

Ralph proceeded to post a profanity-laced series of angry and xenophobic messages on his Instagram account, specifically calling out the manager of XS, including one referring to Samarxhiu as a broke ass immigrant.”

Ralph took to Instagram and began posting rants about the experience. At Resorts World, he went to Zouk (its nightclub). There he is rumored to have dropped $200,000 on a table package. As part of that experience, guests can post messages on the marquee. The massive video screen first displayed “Ben’s House.” He then had Resorts World add “Food Stamps for Niko,” which was a direct attack on the manager at the Wynn.

Apparently, money talks at Resorts World and the message was not vetted. I guess with the amount of money spent, some leeway is given.

View from the Wing provided this statement from Resorts World:

The LED sign on the West Tower was activated on Saturday night with a graphic requested by a nightlife patron. The team members who approved it were not aware of the background behind the request. Regardless, this was a mistake, and the messaging displayed does not reflect Resorts World Las Vegas’s values, and we regret that our LED screen was misused in this manner. Our leadership is handling this internally to ensure the assets displayed on the LED screens are in full alignment with the brand and our values.”

This message should have never been allowed. To directly attack an employee who was just doing their job and to add a message that is offensive to so many that are genuinely struggling is just sad. Vital Vegas reports that personnel involved were suspended as this is investigated further.

I like Resorts World and had great stays at Crockfords (review here) and the Hilton (review here). I have no interest in clubbing, but it’s sad that money can buy anything in Las Vegas.

Anthony’s Take: I feel sorry for the manager who was publicly called out for doing his job. Hopefully, Resorts World puts some guardrails into the process for the video screen in the future.

(H/T: View from the Wing.)

(Featured Image Credit: Resorts World.)

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