Whoa. Do be sure to check out Conde Nast Traveler ombudsman editor Monica Kim's undercover stint as a waitress at Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where these part-time servers can make as much as $500 to $1,000 a night working three days a week (yes, that's $78,000 to $156,000 a year).
She starts her night stuffing herself into a purple corset worn by the servers, and then swaying to the music as the doors open. Kim describes the VIP tables she's working that night, saying one guy yelled to the security guard watching one of her tables, "I'm surrounded by ugly ass dudes?I'd like to be near some nice-looking ladies. Take care of that." And he did, bringing over several from the "sea of young single women in near identical bandage dresses and painful-looking platform heels ? many of whom were brought here by club promoters for this specific purpose."
Kim describes standing on the shoulders of a sweaty stranger to spell out A-L-E-X-I-S, only thinking about "how a stranger's neck sweat dripped onto the hem of my dress and stuck to my legs, or how fake our smiles grew with each passing second."
Instead of feeling like a stripper or an escort, Kim says she was treated more like a servant.
And while her feet hurt from her four-inch heels by 1 a.m., her energy soared when Benny Benassi dropped his first beat.
· A Cold Look at Working in Sin City's Hottest Club [CN Traveler]
· All Coverage of Marquee [~ELV~]
· All Coverage of Nightlife [~ELV~]