Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:25 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:25:46 GMT
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible. Police say two men tried to rob the child of the device on Thursday.More>>
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:09:50 GMT
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball. The jackpot has grown to $600 million. People tell 8 News Now they waitedMore>>
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:02:54 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating two people found dead in an apartment complex near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. According to police, the bodies were found around 3 p.m. Friday atMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in an apartment Friday afternoon near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:17 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:17:28 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County firefighters are responding to reports of an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane. This is a developing story. 8NewsNOW. com willMore>>
One person is reported dead following an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:03:09 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The theft of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices is becoming commonplace, earning it the nickname, "Apple-picking," the police said. Bonanza High School student Marcos Arenas died ThursdayMore>>
The theft of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices is becoming commonplace, earning it the nickname, "Apple-picking," the police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:42 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:42:38 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The Federal Election Commission had found that the parents of disgraced former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada made excessive in-kind contributions to a former political action committee staffMore>>
The Federal Election Commission had found that the parents of disgraced former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada made excessive in-kind contributions to a former political action committee staff member.More>>
LAS VEGAS -- UNLV film school graduate Chris Shepherd recalls meeting a young woman at a bar and promising to buy her a drink, an ordeal that required navigating his slight frame through a crowd three rows thick just to reach the counter.
"By the time I got the drinks she was gone," Shepherd said.
It wasn't an opportunity completely missed, though. The experience of fighting long lines prompted Shepherd and business partner Mike Manzano to form the Las Vegas tech startup Counterless. On June 25 the company unveiled a free smartphone app for iPhone and Android users designed to let customers order food from fast food restaurants and mobile food trucks without needing to wait in line.
Users simply select a restaurant, scroll through the menu, choose items and pay for them with a credit or debit card. Once the order reaches the restaurant's computer screen as a "virtual" ticket, the Counterless user is informed via a buzz or vibration, or both, that the food request has been received. When the order is ready for pickup, the user receives a second notification.
"We're focused on making sure you're having a good experience ordering and waiting for your food," Shepherd said. "I'm hoping to have this available across the United States and that it spreads quickly."
There's always that first business to test the product and iron out the bugs, a role Slidin' Thru restaurant and mobile food truck owner Ric Guerrero eagerly embraced.
The restaurant at 6410 N. Durango Drive already has taken orders from an estimated 50 Counterless users, with the virtual tickets appearing on an iPad in the kitchen in full view of the cooks. By the end of this week, Guerrero plans to expand the service to his truck.
"It's the coolest way to order," Guerrero said. "We're always excited to use the newest, coolest thing."
As a businessman, Guerrero said he appreciates the app because it eliminates the time his employees spend taking cash at the counter and issuing change. As more customers use the app, Guerrero expects that to free up more time for his workers to do other chores.
Users can place orders through the Counterless app
"There are some bugs to work out but we're giving preference to our Counterless orders," Guerrero said. "We want our take-out experience to be consistent. People love it."
Although Slidin' Thru is his only customer so far, Shepherd said the app has tremendous upside because of its potential use at stadiums and arenas as well as at bars.
Chris Shepherd, co-founder and CEO of Counterless, at the Slidin' Thru NW restaurant
Working out of office space he shares with other startups at the Ogden residential complex downtown, he conceded there are plenty of improvements in store for his app. He would like to provide photos of the menu items and also give users the option to modify their orders, such as requesting an item without bacon or with extra onions. He may also alter the range of the app. Right now, it can be used throughout the valley but if he is able to sign up more restaurants, he may shorten the range to five or 10 miles so that users have a concentration of choices in a given geographic area.
He is also considering an option that would allow users to pay additional money, say $1 or so, for the privilege of "jumping" ahead of others in line. This latter option may become a necessity if Counterless becomes wildly popular.