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Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by leo21, Apr 24, 2012.

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  1. leo21

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    My Trip Report

    So a week ago Friday, I am at Harrah's Joliet. I wasn't really getting anywhere until I put a free play coupon in a penny Lil Lucy Wild Panthers slot. I get all three Panthers in the middle and I had two symbols giving me five of a kinds. I cash out what I won so far on the free play and I get a TITO for almost $80. I put the TITO in my jacket pocket. MISTAKE. It falls out and I don't know it until I leave that area and move on. I freak out!

    I retrace my steps and can't find the thing. At first I think that I am screwed and someone has my money. But i figure I should at least let someone know that I lost my ticket because just in case it's not cashed. I grab the first person I see with a Harrah's badge and he verifies my TITO cashout. He promises to investigate and to get security involved. He comes back 10 minutes later with the head of security and basically let me know that the money is gone. They tell me they know who cashed the ticket and are searching the property for them. If they find them, they will try to get the money back. They let me know I can let press charges against these people. I figure, yeah, I will if they can get them. But they don't catch them. I can still file a police report on my own and they can be arrested next time they come back but I just decide to let it go. It wasn't money I won with my cash anyway.

    So Wednesday, I get a call from Harrah's. THEY GOT MY MONEY BACK. I didn't get gory details but these folks came back and when confronted they paid back the money they got from my TITO. I was stunned. All I had to do is pick up a check (rounded up to $80) from the lost and found. I do wish I did file a police report because it sounds like these people come into the casino regularly and just pick up stuff others misplaced. But at the end of the day, I am really happy that the casino didn't drop the issue because they really didn't have to take care of me like that.
     
  2. oghuman

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    On that thought, this past Saturday. I was playing VP in Atlantic City. I had $5 left on my machine I was playing 3 handed Super Times Play which is $18 per the three hands. So I try to put in another $100 bill, but none of the bills I have are accepted in the machine. I decide to move over to another machine next to mine. I put in the bill and this machine accepts it. I forgot all about the $5 left in the machine next to me. Within 2 minutes a guys sits down at the machine throws in a $5 bill and plays a hand at the .25 level and cashes out with my $5. I just realize that I forgot about cashing out. I say to the guy you have my $5 bucks I left in there? He looks surprised and actually hands me a $5 bill. I actually couldn't believe he actually gave it back. If he said its mine I really wouldn't have fought about it. He left right away. I do think he was hunting for machines with leftover credits but I'll never really know.
     
  3. merlin

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    I dont regard cashing a TITO found on the floor as stealing, if it was for hundreds or thousands maybe I could see it, but for $80 give me a break.

    You were to blame for misplacing the thing.
     
  4. leo21

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    I hope no one finds your wallet on the ground with that attitude!
     
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    We've come across money left in a machine and played it

    I never really knew it was a crime,I just thought it fell under the"finders keepers" rule. But dont get excited if I find a wallet or purse,I will always turn it in.
     
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    I would turn in a wallet, I bet most would. If I found a $80 tito on the floor , I would not. If it were in a machine i would wait around awhile to see if someone comes back, if they didn't I would cash it. If someone finds a $20 bill on the floor, do you expect them to run to security with it?

    If you were really thinking of filing legal charges on some poor guy who found a $80 TITO on the floor, that you clumsily dropped, then you have issues.
     
  7. JoeDat

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    I definitely agree with you merlin, I am actually surprised that security took the time to track the guys down over $80.
     
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    Reminds me of this story from the new york times.
     
  9. merlin

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    He probably didnt tell them that he dropped it, I bet he implied it disappeared, and they might have thought someone grabbed it, which of course is different.
     
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    That's actually a little scary -- I can say that I probably would've entertained the thought of cashing out an $80 TITO too if I found it on the floor. I won't now after reading this, I don't want security hunting me down and pressing charges! Seriously tho, must be my old catholic guilt that's in my blood that would have made me think twice! :eek:

    Once the hubby and I found a $100 bill on the floor of the elevator at MGM. We were even down on our bankroll but didn't take it (I'm a serious believer in KARMA), we gave it to the guy hanging out checking ID's when we got off on the casino floor. He says "thanks" and put it in his coat pocket. I thought for sure he would be like...hey, go ahead and keep it...but nope. I'm sure he had a nice dinner that night.
     
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    Again, the reason I wish I had pursued charges is because I know understand that the people who took my ticket do nothing in the casino but go around looking for things other people have dropped. It wasn't somebody's grandma who just thought it was found money. And it's not like I dropped the ticket and wandered off. It fell out of my pocket while I was playing. Instead of asking if it belonged to anyone, these people snuck off with it. I have a real problem with people loitering in casinos looking to try and walk off with other people's stuff. Are they also picking pockets and cashing out people's machines behind their backs?


    BTW, when someone does leave money behind, it's not finder's keeper in most casinos. Unclaimed property belongs to the casino in most places. In Nevada, it belongs to the state. So there are more people than you realize with the rights to a TITO you might find.
     
  12. oghuman

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    There IS a difference between a TITO and $100 bill. Anyone can claim that a bill is theirs if they hadn't already reported it to Security. The TITO most likely can be tracked to someone if they used their players card.
    I also believe in KARMA. I don't want anything that's not mine and I do want what is. That's just the way I was brought up.

    I remember the thread we had about the dealer overpaying you. I actually couldn't believe that most people who responded said they wouldn't say anything and accept the overpayment. Their reason is that the casino gives bad odds, etc.
     
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    Some people dont appreciate anything

    I was taking a walk a few years ago when a woman in a mini van ran around a corner in front of me and a purse fell off her van roof. I picked it up walked back to my truck ,opened it saw she lived only a few blocks away. I figured she was loading groceries and put the purse on the roof and forgot about it. So I drove to her house ,I really didnt want anything except to see maybe she was relieved and maybe a thank you. She came to the door and when I explained what happened she muttered something like "well ok" and grabbed the purse.Take all kinds I guess.
     
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    She must have been from Jersey too. :wink2:
     
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    I am impressed with the results.

    When reading the magazine Strictly Slots they had an article about machines with money left in it. If you find a machine with money and play it or cash it out it is actually considered stealing. An offense that could get you arrested. I don't recall if this was only in certain states or all states. Best to continue walking if you happen upon a machine with money already in it.
     
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    How the heck could you possibly know when it fell out, where, or if some guy was lingering about waiting to pick it up?

    That is the most preposterous statement I've seen here in some time, talk about paranoia, Your damn lucky it wasn't thrown in the trash.

    I know one thing , if I ever find a TITO with no obvious person who it belongs to , I'm cashing it, and that doesn't make me a thief.
     
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    Must have been a transplanted New Yorker

    Thats all I can think of.
     
  18. leo21

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    I'm sorry but there has to be something seriously wrong with you. Why would you speak that way to anyone, especially when no one has done anything to you.
     
  19. saeldway

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    This same thing happened to a friend about 2 months ago at a local casino. Except instead of $80, it was more like 20k and it was in a cash envelope, there was no TITO. From what I heard, the host and casino security drove to the house of the guy who took it and made him an offer he couldn't refuse (long jail term, etc).
     
  20. Kari

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    I too have a story similar to this. I was playing at the local casino
    near me in Auburn, WA: Muckeshoot. I was recovering from a flu
    bug, and thought I was better, but I got hot, took off my jacket, and
    shortly thereafter, felt nauseated and had to run to the lady's room.
    After returning to the slot machine, my jacket with my keys in it
    was gone! I went to security and showed them where I was. They said
    they'd review the video and asked if I had auto locks on my car. I don't
    thankfully, otherwise they said people will go to garage floors
    and see which car unlocks with the button. I had spare car keys
    in my purse, but had a large freezer lock key, and file cabinet keys
    on there too, which are hard to replace. This casino gives a cash rebate
    monthly when you use your card, they IDed the guy who took
    my jacket, 3 weeks later, when he used his card they got him
    and convinced him to give them my keys back! I was surprised
    when I got the call to pick them up! The guy was banned for
    Life! I didn't get the jacket back, but the keys were important, so
    whew! Here in WA, we have a growing problem of meth-heads
    that cash out people's machines, and homeless living in their
    cars and using the casino as a living area. I wonder if this is the
    case in other areas?
     
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