This makes me sad …
Just in the last month two of these Sweepstake Internet Cafes have opened for business on route #1 within 5 minutes driving time from my house. It really makes me sad.
I have nothing against a venturesome entrepreneur starting a new business but I really balk when the place is blatantly rigged to take advantage of the customers. I don’t understand it all but evidently there’s a loophole in the North Carolina law that makes gambling in Sweepstakes Cafes legal whereas that’s not the case with their video machine counterparts.
As census data and visits to the sweepstakes cafes show, these businesses are set up to appeal to those who have little to spend and a lot to lose. To listen to the hype and see the signs you would think that everyone could be a winner … but ultimately its the house that always wins and few people will leave the premises with more money than they brought in. From what I’ve read this has led to many a dissatisfied customer and the consequences can be deadly.
Why is this a concern to me if I don’t intend to frequent them? I guess it’s because I resent these sleazy businesses popping up and degrading the lovely stretch of highway that I drive on daily. I realize that everyone has the right to gamble or not to gamble as long as its legal but that doesn’t make me condone it.
I guess it’s the same mind set that makes the lotteries so popular and, while I’m on the subject, I’ve never been able to understand why they have such enormous one-person lottery jackpots. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have a thousand people win ¼ million dollars each rather than just one person winning billions???? Oh, well, what do I know.