Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In the wee small hours of the morning...

For you kiddies out there, that is the title of one of Frank Sinatra's signature songs, a classic anthem to loneliness and heartache.

But, that is not for the here and now, though.

Rather, our state legislature, as is their duty, has proposed rules to regulate the soon-to-be-here casinos in our fair state. Among the proposals are these:

- no free alcohol
- no smoking
- no alcohol served between 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

I can understand the first two proposals; they are almost no-brainers.

The third one puzzles me, though. If I had a yen to gamble at that time of the morning, I think I would prefer to have a cocktail or two to help pass the time while I am throwing away my money. Perhaps the legislators believe only drunks imbibe at that hour.

They have also decreed that a payback rate of at least 85% on slot machines is mandated. So, for every $100 you put into a slot machine, you should get at least $85 back in "winnings".

Maybe I'll just drive over there and hand them $15 instead, and spend the other $85 elsewhere.

1 comment:

  1. My favorite in all of this is recently hearing on the news the oversight committee for gambling will be a part time position paying $60K. I wish I had a part time job paying more than my full time job did. Now you know how government wastes money.