Wednesday, July 9, 2008

gambling



i don't gamble... probably because I'm not very lucky ... but one of my clients had quite an interesting (understatement!) gambling experience recently.... i just had to tell you about it!

it was her birthday, she worked hard that day (co owner of a pub) her husband was watching rugby all afternoon... and by 19hoo no birthday celebrations have ensued... so she told her hubby to put on his gambling shoes cause they were going to Monte Casino, end of story... they've never been there incidentally... they got there, the place was packed, basically they only wanted to have dinner and then head home... but it was so packed that they decided to gamble a bit first... so she got R100 voucher and there she was gambling along all on her lonesome, her husband got lost somewhere in the place... all of a sudden the machine she was playing on, died... with her remaining money!... she got up... looked for an attendant, nobody about... so she moved on to the next machine... there she gambled a bit more, her husband found her and they decided that they've had enough and left... she told him about the loss and that was the end of that...

3 days later her hubby gets a call from a "employee" from Monte Casino...

Mr. So and so... were you at our casino on Saturday night?

yes i was, why??? (now if you live in South Africa your crime antenna would be going off right about now)

Your wife forgot her winnings at the casino... when will she come through to claim it? You were driving a Peugeot, registration number XXX123GP... is that right?

hmmmm... slang in die gras.... now he's absolutely sure this is a ploy to hijack him...

he rang off and phoned Monte Casino directly, not the number the guy gave him tho...

spoke to public relations...

and so waar as wragtag... yes Mr. X your wife did indeed leave her winnings here, we want to also take you for a complementary dinner... when would you like to come?

Strange...

so they made an arrangement for that same night...

they got there...the PR lady was waiting at the offices... she said they're just waiting for another person to join them... he arrived... and said...

well Mrs. X... you've actually won a Golf 5 and R25000! the machine never died, it just shut down after the winning...

holy shit!

imagine that!!!

the machine she won on... bombed out... and they left... security then tracked them with the security cameras to the parking garage... got their registration number... and tracked them with that!

this is not an urban legend, it really truly happened... i know this woman personally, and i saw the forking car... it's unreal! amazing, heart warming story right?

sigh... maybe i should go gambling?!

14 COMMENTS....bite me!:

Jim Everson (depotdad) said...

Wow. I love this story! Maybe a little TOO much. I better go find another vice real quick, or I'm off to Vegas in the morning.

Tamara said...

Wow... awesome story. I hate Monte Casino, but good on them for tracking her down and actually getting the winnings to her!

phillygirl said...

That's a fantastic story and good on Monte for tracking them down!

Greg said...

Unfortunately by knowing someone for which this happen to, it's unlikely now that it will happen to you. You can always try game shows.

sleepyjane said...

See sweets - stuff like that NEVER happens to me! *sniffles*

BUT YAY for your friend! :)

sweets said...

jim! thanks for popping by... i love your blog btw ;) the odds of me ever winning that amount of money is just... non existent i guess :)

tam: i was very surprised; they went to A LOT of trouble to find them... unreal!

philly: totally ;)

greg: firstly... *falling off chair* should i curtsy? *wink wink*
ffs greg... bursting my bubble like that! i know, i know... game shows? hmmmmm...

jane: we should organise a pity party i tell you! :)~

Kerryn said...

This is awesome. Cudo's to Monte for tracking them down - they would never have known otherwise!!

Glugster said...

I'm also quite impressed with Monte's detective skills. Just shows you though. They watch your every move over there.

The Jackson Files said...

That is a GREAT story, lucky woman. But it's also kind of scary how Monte Casino track you. Very 1984.

Ruby said...

it's a conspiracy i tell you!!!

sweets said...

kerryn: i still can't believe they went to all the trouble... i'm hugely impressed ;)

glug: jip... that's a fact!

jacks: LOL yeah very 1984...

rubes: especially because it wasn't me!!!

angel said...

ooh ooh... was it josh duhamel? it was wasn't it- only such a dish would be so diligent in tracking them down!!!

mwaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaaaaaaaa


yay for them!

Jenty said...

Oooh this is awesome! It's urban legend material!

GeologyJoe said...

awesome. awesome.

 
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