Friday dilemma: Is cash on a casino floor fair gaming?
A 22 year refrigeration mechanic walks into a casino… and what happens next defies belief. (You can read all about it here.)
First, he finds $200 bucks on the floor. This in itself is remarkable. Have you ever been to a casino? There are starving seagulls who swoop on chips slower than gamblers dive for loose cash in one of those hell-holes.
Anyway, the guys picks up the cash and before he knows it he’s in a holding cell for three hours. Next thing he knows, a magistrate slaps him with a $500 fine, plus court costs.
So before we throw this thing over to you, here’s what the three Punchies who bothered to show up at the office today have to say.
Ant says: the legal system is a giant Kyle Sandilands-sized ass
I cannot believe this. In my misguided youth I spent more than my fair share of time in casinos, and to find money on the floor is every gambler’s dream.
These places exist to fleece you. It starts in the car park, continues through the cloak room and bars and keeps going right up the gaming floor.
If someone drops a bit of cash on the floor, well, they were likely going to drop it down the slot on one of the casino tables anyway, so it’s finders keepers, surely.
The bigger issue here is that the ethics, as we know them, do not exist inside the four walls of a casino. Otherwise casinos themselves would surely not exist. Let me illustrate this by way of example.
I once got paid several times by a young Blackjack dealer for bets which I had lost. The trick is, when you bust, you put the stake for the next hand in your box. While the dealer pays out the winning hands, they may absent-mindedly pay your stake. Believe me, this can happen.
Why do I feel so comfortable encouraging naughtiness? Because the house odds are ridiculously stacked against you. You will lose in the long run and short of pick-pocketing, whatever it takes to get ahead is perfectly acceptable.
Money on the floor outside a post office or bank? Take it in and do the honest thing. Money on a casino floor? It’s yours, baby, all yours. Or at least it should be.
Lucy says: stealing is stealing, no ifs, no buts
Look at that cheeky face - of course he’s guilty! And with that in mind he deserves every dollar of that $500 fine. That or 100 hours of community service.
Everyone knows this test - it’s called the integrity test. Like Adam, Eve and the apple. Keeping money that’s not yours is the ultimate in low-level anti-social activity and the best indication of a person’s character.
So pay up Lamonica-Miraglio and wipe that smile off your face.
Our awesome new guy Daniel Piotrowski says: it’s chicken feed, let him go
Give him a break. This guy’s an apprentice fridge mechanic.
Chances are he’s not going to get his hands on $200 for a bloody looooooooong time, especially if he’s pissing away his money at the casino. Just imagine how much dosh the Burswood Casino cleaning staff vacuum off the floor every day.
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