Gaming machines: Legalize them or enforce the law
April 27, 2012 12:00 AM | 1755 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Isn’t it funny how revelations occur? Last week, Lulu Campbell, was a victim of an attempted robbery. Campbell owns several convenience stores, and it is thought the robbers followed her knowing she might have a large amount of cash.

A trail of speculation followed. Convenience stores, many of them, have legal gaming machines thanks to the Georgia General Assembly. These machines can rake in thousands of dollars a month. Supposedly, winnings are not to be paid out in cash, but the dirty little secret perpetrated by lawmakers is that some proprietors do, in fact, pay off with cash money.

According to a report by our media partner NewsCentral, Capt. Earl Humphries of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, said it best. “When you walk into a convenience store and you see six machines in the corner and there are five to six people playing them, they are not putting $20, $50, $100 in these machines when the off chance is that they are going to win a Coca-Cola and a pack of crackers.”

What’s the penalty for paying cash? It’s only a misdemeanor. Law enforcement is forced to ask itself: Do we go after a victimless crime or focus on the perpetrators of crimes with victims?

These gaming machines, classified as “amusement games,” are serious business. South Carolina thought them so serious that it kicked them all out of the state. Where did they go? Georgia. For a short time we put up roadblocks, too, but those were quickly dismantled, all in the name of bringing the state more money through registration fees.

We should stop allowing lawmakers to wink-wink when it comes to these machines. It’s gambling pure and simple, as is the state lottery. Either make the penalties more substantial for paying out cash; drop the pretense altogether and allow cash payments or do as South Carolina and kick them out of the state.
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April 28, 2012
AND THEY KNOW ITS GAMBLING BUT THEY CHOOSE, DELIBERATELY, TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY. LIKE ON SO MANY ISSUES, THEY HAVE ALLOWED LOBBYISTS TO "BUY" THEM AND SO THEY CHOOSE TO IGNORE THIS FORM OF GAMBLING EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW IT IS GAMBLING. AS YOU SAY, EITHER LEGALIZE GAMBLING OR STOP THIS FORM OF GAMBLING BUT DO ONE OR THE OTHER BUT WHAT IT MUST BE EITHER ALLOWED OR NOT....And this should be an issue all candidates should be forced to address during their upcoming campaigns.
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