Today I read in the Christchurch Press for a Call to rid pubs of pokies, after a women gambled away all of her money.

I was interested to see what  the angle on this was – did the pubs do bad stuff to trick her, or was there some underlying issue with the way pokies are run?

No .. it’s simpler than that, as quoted:

Christchurch woman Lynette Whale, who lost everything she owned including her home, to pokie-machine addiction, said she hoped Gamble Free Day would raise awareness and mobilise people.

“I want to let people know that they can say no,” she said.

So let’s get this right: Ms Lynette’s message is “People can say no”.  Hmmm.  Well I have a few issues with that

  1. If it was that easy, why didn’t SHE say no?  Clearly it’s not that easy (for some)
  2. If saying no is the answer then great, leave it to people to say no, we don’t need to ban anything.
  3. Why is it that because SOME people can’t control their behavior EVERYONE has to be punished (ie banning them).


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