The last time my wife and I were in Las Vegas back in June, we noticed this enormous Ferris wheel in the middle of the city. When we met up with my friend Eric and his beautiful wife, Julianne, we asked about this gigantic Ferris wheel and they told us it was the High Roller Ferris wheel at The Linq Hotel and it fits parties up to 20 people in each pod. They told us people throw parties in these pods, where you can drink and dance throughout one fill rotation of the wheel, which lasts around 30-minutes and costs around $40. Sounds cool, right?
Well, one couple's Ferris wheel ride in heaven landed them in jail after the trip came back down to earth in the City of Sin. 27-year-old Philip Frank Panzica (who looks like Adam Levine from Maroon 5) from Houston and 21-year-old Chloe Scordianos from Long Island were charged with committing sex acts in public on the High Roller on Friday afternoon.
The couple were in a car by themselves going at it and smoking cigarettes around 3 p.m. when they refused two intercom requests to put their clothes back on. The couple continued to engage in various sex acts. According to court documents, the riders in a nearby glass pod took video of the encounter during a 30-minute ride above the famed Las Vegas Strip. Not for nothing, but I think I need to check this footage out to really believe that this happened.
It's not clear how the Vegas visitors even met since once was from Houston and the other is from Long Island, but my guess is Facebook or Tinder? Then again, with all the bars in Vegas, who knows? My wife thinks she's a hooker in Vegas since it's legal out there, but the story would have stated that she was a lady of the night. This escapade, however is not the first time that the 550-foot Ferris wheel, billed as "The Happiest Half Hour in Vegas," had been used as a not-quite-so-secret spot for intimacy. According to officials, there has been an increase in patrons "rolling the dice," so to speak, on getting caught at the ride. One website (bit.ly/1SIweNM) even offers tips for having sex on the wheel, such as bringing a blanket and waiting until your pod reaches the attraction's apex.
Scordianos' lawyer told a Vegas newspaper that the sky-high hijinx could not be called public sex acts because riders expect to have privacy in their pods. Um, no...These pods are built to have more than two people in them, which means they're not so private. Panzica and Scordianos were released on $3,000 bail and have a court date set for March. In the state of Nevada, public sex is a class D felony punishable by and between one and four years in prison and up to a $5,000.
I have to say that I can't even call these two morons because I give them an "A" for effort. I mean in Vegas everyone gets promiscuous. That's why they call it Sin City! That's what their slogan is "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" Unfortunately, for Panzica and Scordianos, it could mean they might have to stay in a Vegas jail for up to four years. If you want to learn more about the High Roller, click here.