TBH, they are very much a place where people can go and spend good amounts of time with friends & acquaintances without needing to buy anything.Many moons ago I did part time work for about a year in one (I was also a bingo caller, collected golf balls at a driving range and worked a door/events). At the time I thought the shops were pretty much a replacement for care in the community.
At long frikking last. The more pressure on gambling to be shut-down the better. It’s an industry peddling misery as an opportunity.BBC News - William Hill plans 700 store closures putting 4,500 jobs at risk
William Hill has said the cap of £2 on fixed bet gaming machines has seen revenues fall sharply in their shops thus forcing the closure of 700 shops and the loss of 4500 jobs.
Is this acceptable given the misery these "crack cocaine" machines can cause? What do CCers think?
Rubbish - for the overwhelming majority of people it's a leisure pursuit, from which they derive pleasure.At long frikking last. The more pressure on gambling to be shut-down the better. It’s an industry peddling misery as an opportunity.
I agree - there are some shops which should have closed at this point. Single staffing is fine at some times of the day, but if it becomes routine just to make a shop pay, then it's time to close the doors.Don't think I've ever been in a bookies in my life. Just never fancied it, not even a flutter on the National.
However I've had colleagues who were back and forth to Ladbrokes or wherever on a near hourly basis and see some of the 'hooked' clientele in my work for an advice charity. I also recall an article or series of articles in the Guardian about how de-staffing to cut costs left many smaller offices single manned. Not a good place for anybody when a punter goes ape because the FOBT had eaten all his money.
I've no issue with people putting money on a horse, hound or a game of sport. OTOH I think some of the more involved transactions ohn things like footy scores look a bit involved. The FOBt's were an abomination with the old limit. Inevitably the pendulum may now have swung too far the other way but it was always goingto.
Yes.Do people think that betting on these will make them rich?
I think you do people a disservice.Yes.
And it's no accident that whereas others in the thread have multiple betting shops in their high streets there isn't a single one on mine, because I live in a wealthy area. FOBTs are a tax on poverty.