Follow the money
To the editor: A recent Press article devoted to the housing market decline in East Toledo explored many theories about the causes. Money or the lack of it influences most market changes. One possible contributing factor that I believe may have in some cases hastened the decline seemed to be overlooked or ignored.
I watched as working class co-workers around me flocked to the newly opened casino to spend, what the operator targets as, “discretionary income.” One person described what a wonderful time he had losing his money the night before, dreaming of a big payoff, as he was eating Ramen noodles for his lunch. There is no denying that a lot of money has left the pockets of area residents and likewise the local economy.
As required by the gaming commission, the casino prominently displays a gambling addiction hotline number throughout the building. But as with warning a drinking driver who repeatedly “rolls the dice” by driving drunk, reality never hits home until he is faced with grim consequences and by then the damage is already done. I’ve heard it said that gambling is for rich men and fools.
A Christmas con?
To the editor: While pumping gas at Flying J about 5 p.m. on Dec. 23 a polite young man came up to me and asked if I would help buy gas for his car because his card had been rejected. I gave him $5 and finished my transaction. I saw him go inside and get in line to pay for the gas.
I got in my truck and pulled up to the building to go inside to add $5 more to his pump charge. It was cold and Christmas was two days away. Was I shocked when the manager told me he only bought $1 worth of gas.
I went outside and confronted him. He asked why I was so upset. He still had the $5 in his hand. The manager took the money and gave it back to me and at the same time tossed him and his car off the premises.
The Bible says to help those in need but when something like this happens it gives you second thoughts.