Steve Horner hopes to win big against ladies' night in Las Vegas

Categories: Civil Society, Law

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Steve Horner has been a crusader against drinks specials for decades.
Steve Horner might have finally hit the jackpot in his fight against ladies' night.

Long a crusader against the drink special -- he argues it amounts to discrimination against men -- Horner wired his Yankee's hat for sound and busted up some Las Vegas "pool parties" last summer. To Horner's surprise, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission thinks he might have a case, and will facilitate mediation with several casinos later this month.

It's a big score for justice, says Horner. "Nevada and Las Vegas are the mother lode of ladies' night."

Horner has been fighting to criminalize ladies' night for more than 20 years, ever since Gator's Bar in Mall of America wouldn't let him in without paying a cover. As he explained it to us last fall:

"I've had my crosses in life too, gals! For you to preach equality to me for 35 frickin' feminist years, but yet want free drinks when it's tits up at the bar time, I'm saying foul. You've got to take the salt with the sugar, sweetie. You're not going to deny me of my equal rights."

A Minnesota native, Horner is also the brother of Tom Horner, who ran for governor last election on the Independence Party ticket. He's had some success against ladies' night over the years, but his relentlessness has also led to him being thrown in jail.

Last summer, Horner traveled from his home in St. George, Utah, to Las Vegas with the intention of recording some bartenders refusing to give him the same discounts they give women.

"I asked for the door manager, and I did exactly what the Nevada Equal Rights Commission said for me to do," says Horner. "Find out the discrepancy in price, and then ask that door manager if he or she would let me in for the same price for women. And of course it was always, 'Ha ha ha, you idiot, get lost.'"

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Welcome to the mother lode.
He used his findings to file complaints against the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Mirage Resort and Casino, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Tropicana, and the M Resort Spa Casino, he says.

In April, he found "six fat envelopes" in his mail box. The Equal Rights Commission was inviting Horner to participate in mediation, ruling that "probable cause supports the charge that Respondent's practice of charging men more than women is discriminatory under NRS chapter 233," according to a letter from the commission provided by Horner.

"They found that my rights have been violated, no different than the Jew at the Catholic bar," says Horner.

Mediation sessions are set to begin Wednesday, though it sounds like at least four of the casinos have already declined to participate. Horner wouldn't say exactly how much he hopes to get, but says he originally asked for $2,000 in punitive damages in addition to real damages -- gas, the price difference between men and women -- from each. "I can say I bumped it up a little bit," he says.

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    Steve
    Steve

    To the person known as "Moron"(brilliant name), you're wrong when you suggest that I hope my phone messages will never see the light of day; I'm hoping every one of those messages I've ever left for Marxist-styled legislators, newspaper employees, and other liberal,public-policy influence peddlers are hung out on the line for public inspection and scrutiny. You see, Moron, I'm not one of those cowards you're familiar with who strike anonymously with their opinions in the dead of night through the privacy veil of the internet. I'm open, forthright, and passionate about my causes and listen up Moron, if the truth hurts, and it sounds like it does, take my advice and do what I tell all the other women who can't take the heat of public scrutiny: get back to the kitchen and bake cookies. It'll be a lot more peaceful for you. Steve Horner

    HornerISaMORON
    HornerISaMORON

    What is really funny is that Steve Horner is actually one of the most racist biggots there is.  He crusades for equal rights yet he leaves Neo-Nazi rants on phone messages that he thinks will never see the light of day.  Just wait Steve...Just wait. 

    Steve
    Steve

    Frankly, and after reading the most recent comments, I've seen it coming for a long time: society has become really super stupid, cowardly, and weaselly, and if shutting down ladies'nights pisses off these people, and I've known from the beginning that it does,then that makes my day. To see how we got here and where we're heading, read my novel: The Frank White Man's Revolution at stevehornerbooks.com. And, for you idiot parents whose children are suffering because of your ignorance, read my parenting book also at stevehornerbooks.com.Thanks. Steve Horner

    Steve
    Steve

    If my brother, Tom Horner, decides to run for Minnesota governor again, I hope he decides to make lemonade out of our brotherly affiliation. After all, just take a look at all the dust my ladies'night battle stirs up; it's confusion and anger stirred up by the misunderstanding of the ingredients of civil rights. I'm looked at by many as weird simply because I'm asking women to walk the walk of what they've been saying for the last 40 years in the name of equality. Yet, when it's tits-at-the-bar time then favor-granting seems to be in order for them: phonies! Same as the guys who profess equality out of one side of their liberal mouths, but speak of getting women drunk at ladies'night to get lucky out of the other: losers!  Don't you get it, yet? The Constitution says what Martin Luther King was yelling about:"Equal Protection Under the Law!" It speaks of consistency in law enforcement. Hell, I'm the one with the Purple Heart; I'm the one who deserves favors, not the bar flies. All one needs to do is go back through history: to the Jews, the blacks, homosexuals, etc., and see that they were(and are)denied their equal protection under the law(civil rights)because somebody else was capitalizing on it. And I believe that's a much-needed conversation which would help garner a few extra votes for my brother Tom if he ever decides to run again. Steve Horner

    blueeyes
    blueeyes

    But your brother failed at becoming governor just like you are failing at this crusuade!

    notadbag
    notadbag

    Just cause you cannot get laid without roofies does not mean you should ruin for everyone else. There are much more egregious civil rights violations and you choose this lunatic issue. Why not fight for those who executed because they were denied a fair trial or something. 

    6669
    6669

    You're a waste of a human brain.

    Frmueller
    Frmueller

    Steve,

    I don't care about ladies night.  I have never participated in one and don't care to because that's not my scene.  If this is the cause that makes you feel you are bridging some sort of equality gap between the sexes, than more power to you.  

    Real change will have happened when there are no more ladies nights because we are viewed as equals and not as a marketing tool, not when you get free drinks.

    Emperor Vilgax
    Emperor Vilgax

    Good Grief ! Sounds like SOMEONE has too much time on his .. ahem.... HANDS!

    Hive_Mind
    Hive_Mind

    Geeze, if you don't like it don't go there!  Where has the right to choose gone?  Does he not have any respect for himself?  He can not choose for himself so he wants the Government to choose for everyone.  That goes for everything.  If two dudes or chicks wanna get married who's business is that???  If you don't like it look away.  Choose for yourselves people.  America is truly becoming a Police State.

    Zorromcgee
    Zorromcgee

    So is he going after senior citizen discounts next?

    Bill Ashton
    Bill Ashton

    I'm glad he is finally going after some deep pockets, they have the money to hopefully fight it and get some wording changed in this law!

    Shredder Joe
    Shredder Joe

    I couldn't agree more with Joe. They do that to get women into the bar for the men to creep on haha. This dude has a point, for sure--but to most man-whores, the female discount is well worth it. 

    Joe
    Joe

    Idiot.  This is about getting ladies into the bar FOR the men there.  He's screwing it up for all of us!

    ludwigtr
    ludwigtr

    He's just pissed because he's ugly.

    They should make it gender neutral and say that attractive people get cheaper drinks.

    HurdyGurdy
    HurdyGurdy

    The one thing this guy has going for him is that he sort of looks like John Lithgow. He should probably just play that angle when trying to score cheaper drinks.

    Erica
    Erica

    Why doesn't that loser just open up his own bar and set his own prices for drinks? Oy vey! That man is an idiot and is walking waste of taxpayers' money.

    effeminate dad
    effeminate dad

    If a black dude was charged more for a drink than a white dude, you'd be up in arms...yet that scenario would still affect less of the populous. You people crack me up.

    NewsDog
    NewsDog

    During ladies night a black guy is charged more than a white girl. But I don't think he really cares, if the scenery is nice. 

    JustAGuy
    JustAGuy

    Still more honorable than the hunger strike for gender neutral bathrooms.

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