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Slot machine saves German gambler as police arrive

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by wormhole, Sep 25, 2014.

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  1. wormhole

    wormhole Low-Roller

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    BERLIN (AP) — A gambler in Germany has been saved from prison by a one-armed bandit.

    Police said Thursday that two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant.

    He had been ordered to pay a 710-euro ($910) fine or go to prison for 71 days after resisting police during a previous incident.

    Police say that as officers informed the man that he faced arrest, the slot machine started to flash and the beaming 37-year-old won a 1,000-euro ($1,270) jackpot.

    The man paid his fine on the spot — in cash.
     
  2. Piggylane

    Piggylane Well-Known Member

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    Karma?

    About ten years ago I was in the Mass Lottery office in Springfield, MA awaiting payment for a $1000 scratch ticket (anything over $600 and we have to pay taxes to them, grrrrr....).

    A guy walks in with a $25,000 ticket. He was on top of the world as he had gotten it 10 minutes earlier at a convenience store right around the corner, he hands over the ticket and his driver's license. Before I left he was informed he wasn't getting his money! Seems he was way behind on child support! The State seized the ticket. While he was arguing I got paid and got the heck out of there but didn't leave the parking lot. Yes, pretty soon I hear the sirens and he went from winner to jail.

    Fair? For that guy I have no sympathy. Maybe he couldn't afford child support? But if he couldn't, why was he buying $20 scratch tickets?

    I think many States do this. I don't think Casinos should be turned into tax collections arms of the IRS though. Gambling is a form of entertainment that involves considerable risk with a built in negative expectation. Unless you are one of the few professional gamblers, winnings should be tax free everywhere!
     
  3. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    doing these tax forms for winning a few thousand is insane. Nobody really makes any money ... well, almost nobody. Pretty sure I have paid for a hotel or two in Vegas myself.
     
  4. jerseyguy

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    I'm sure he was going to pay his back child support as soon as he got the 25K. The state just saved him the trouble of writing out a check and mailing it in.
     
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