Letters to the Editor
I often wonder how long the American people are going to continue allowing themselves to be disarmed on the streets, and be at the mercy of the criminal element. The irony of this situation is that the people disarming us are our own lying political and so-called community leaders’, who in violation of their oaths of office. Yet, they, and even the police continually restrict and confiscate or guns in many state, like California and New York across our country and thus disarm us so the criminals can kill us easier. Leaders that ignore our Constitution are de-facto domestic terrorists that must be removed from office and prosecuted by legal means. We must make our leaders understand that they must uphold our Constitution and preserve our rights to protect ourselves and we must do so quickly - All concerned citizens should get political active now and save our Constitutional gun rights for self- protection.
I was robbed of $2,500 dollars on the day after Independence Day. I couldn’t call the police and didn’t have any recourse to recover it since it happened at a local casino. We all know the odds are in the casino’s favor, but there is an entertainment value in playing, similar to buying a lotto ticket. I beat those odds and hit the jackpot on one of their slot machines, but the casino refused to honor that.
I put my quarters in the Red, White & Blue slot machine and three stars lined up on the payline showing I’d won 10,000 quarters ($2,500). The couple next to me congratulated me. My brother was also there and excited for me. The slot tech came over and verified that I did get the 3 stars for the maximum pay-out, but said unfortunately, it looked like the machine had malfunctioned because the light had not gone off.
I couldn’t believe he was telling me my winnings would not be honored because the machine had “malfunctioned”. The floor manager came over and told me the same thing – the machine had malfunctioned and I would not get the amount shown on the machine. He handed me a business card and told me I could file a complaint if I wanted to with the Indian gaming commission. I am filing a complaint and I’d like to be able to tell everyone that I received compensation at some point, but I’m doubtful I will even get a reply.
I usually go one night to the casino when I visit my mom. Manistique is like a second home to me and I actually lived there with my mom and brother with my grandparents when my dad was over in Vietnam. I play responsibly and only spend the equivalent of going to a movie and having a nice meal at a restaurant. It was very disheartening to have this experience.
I would like to thank the couple who were sitting at the machine next to me who vehemently argued that I should have been awarded the money. I appreciate the employee who shook her head and said she was sorry and she’d give me the money if she could. Someone told me that I got a good story out of it and that’s true. It was a lesson and I encourage everyone to think about whether or not they want to support the casino with their hard earned dollars.