A Gaming Gaffe? (8/15/06)
I enjoy casino gambling. I think Kentucky is crazy for not legalizing and taxing it.
I also enjoy a day at the racetrack. And the Kentucky Lottery is fine by me, too.
But I also know there'll always be a certain number of compulsive gamblers who need to stay as far away as possible from all of the above.
The casino, racetrack and lottery people generally do a darned good job of helping protect these folks from themselves.
But last week's "Responsible Gaming Education Week" - as well motivated as it was - included one of the more ironic "education tools" I've heard of in a long time.
It seems someone thought it'd be a great idea to give away over 12,000 pens bearing the slogan "Play Responsibly."
Which seems OK.
But considering you had to go to a horse track or casino to pick one up, I'm thinking they may not have achieved the desired effect.
Now again - I'm not anti-gambling by any means. And I think people who have gambling problems should take personal responsibility for their own weakness.
But if any of those unfortunate folks found themselves in need of a pen last week, I hope they just went down to the drugstore and picked up a Bic.
Because those "free" ones at the tracks and casinos could have wound up costing a bit more than they expected.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.