My husband and I use to love to go to the casino for a break and fun. We always treated the casino like going into an expensive restaurant and having an expensive meal. After you leave the restaurant you go home and leave with a full stomach and hours later you have nothing to show for it except being satisfied at the time. That is how we justified visiting any casino.
Following is a good example on how casinos treat people. My opinion of casinos is – you are a victim from the minute you walk into a casino and they are the predator.
My last visit to a casino was at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA. My husband and I were the guest of his sister and we were walking around watching people gamble and observing the various machines. While standing in one area where a person was winning I glanced at the floor and noticed a ticket and picked it up. Someone had dropped this ticket. I showed it to my husband’s sister and my husband. She stated that I should cash it in. I stated maybe we should find a place to turn it in and they both laughed.
We didn’t cash it in but played a few machines with our own money. After a few minutes we were walking away when a group of people surrounded us which included two security people and one in particular approached us and stated “did we have a lost ticket?” It seems the person who lost the ticket had told them I had taken the ticket out of her machine.
He then told me to give him the ticket. I told him “NO” I would not; but, I would give it back to the owner “in person” and that she would have to tell the truth – that I did not take it from her machine; but found it on the floor. And, since they have a camera record – they would see that I picked it up off the floor.
After a period of time they brought the hispanic couple to where we were and I told the casino security man who accused me of stealing the ticket that I would give her the ticket if she would tell the truth that she had lost it and that I did not take it from the machine she had been playing.
She did retell the true story which was that she lost it and I returned the ticket to her.
It was a terrible experience on my part in the manner in which the security men treated us, initially. So, I know how this woman who won $8 million must feel.
After this experience, I do not go into any casino because the caliber of people who work in them give me the impression they are not honest people. My husband’s sister begs us to go back to the Golden Nugget. And, my answer is “NO WAY.” Not the way, they treated us. It was scary and till this day I shudder when I think about this incident which was over a $400 ticket. Just think if it would have been over $8 million.
Good luck to her because she is the victim and casino is the predator.
Casinos are not honest nor are the people who run them. As they state in this article – you are watched as if you were the thief and they are watching to keep you from stealing their money. Some states have it right, if you lose you get a second spin to try to get some of your money back.