An excursion by bus from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel & Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina did not unfold as expected for the roughly 50 participants. Towed away from the Walmart parking lot from which the casino service operated—known as the “50 N Up Club”—were more than two dozen vehicles belonging to said passengers.
For $99, riders were provided with a round-trip “luxury transportation” along US Route 74 with light snacks, and $20 in free slot play. Harrah’s Cherokee is the largest of three tribal casinos in North Carolina, and is home to over 3,000 slot machines, 160 table games, and a Caesars Sportsbook. The property also offers over 1,800 guestrooms.
Overnight parking at Walmart locations is common for Americans making cross-country drives in their RVs and buses, however each store has its own rules in regards to this. Signs were reportedly found in the parking lot of the Chattanooga Walmart warning against truck or overnight truck parking, but none specifying smaller vehicles.
Upon return, many passengers were met with the unwelcome surprise of having their cars towed away by American Tow & Recovery, which charged an estimated $100—nearly double the cost of the 24-hour casino bus trip.
A recent journey to Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel & Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina did not run as planned for the around 50 passengers who had taken the “50 N Up Club” bus from a Walmart in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Upon their return, more than two dozen vehicles had been towed away by American Tow & Recovery, resulting in an unexpected expense of approximately $100, almost doubling the cost of the casino excursion. The venture included luxury transportation, light snacks, and $20 in free slot play for a fee of $99. Overnight parking is usually allowed in Walmart lots, however signs were found warning against truck or overnight truck parking, but not voicing any restrictions on smaller vehicles. Harrah’s Cherokee is the biggest of the three tribal casinos in North Carolina and boasts 3,000 slot machines, 160 table games, and a Caesars Sportsbook, as well as 1,800 guestrooms.