Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
May 29, 2008
A New Jersey man has insightfully noticed what the rest of us may have missed — that statues of former communist leader Vladimir Lenin are cursed.
The man, Al Garrett, wants the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City to remove the Lenin that stands outside its Red-themed restaurant. Al doesn’t approve of commie icons, claims that the statue is unlucky, and points to Tropicana’s recent string of bad business breaks as proof of his theory.
Is Al correct? We dug into our file vault to find out.
Goff’s Hamburgers in Dallas inexplicably moved to a different location after it had set up a Lenin statue, which ended up being sold on eBay. That certainly isn’t good. But Taco del Mar in Seattle seems to be doing okay, even with a Lenin statue that’s bigger than Goff’s. And as for the apartment building in New York City that has a Lenin statue on its roof — well, Manhattan is one of the few places in the country where real estate prices are going up.
Bad luck? Not consistently.
Maybe, just to be safe, Tropicana should do what Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas did with its Lenin statue: chop its head off. That would send the right capitalist message, and it would probably make Al happy too.
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