jimfearnley wrote:I think "preying" refers to the strategy of the industry, not the activities of individual bookmakers...
jimfearnley wrote:My point is that gambling holds out chance...of the consumer maximising their income by participation.
I only ever rarely and for trivial amounts gamble myself ...it seems logical that whatever 'temptation' there is among lower-income individuals to participate at a level that causes negative impact on other aspects of their lives is likely to be influenced by the existence or otherwise of other economic opportunities, such as reasonable salaries.
Ivanhoe wrote:jimfearnley wrote:I think "preying" refers to the strategy of the industry, not the activities of individual bookmakers...
Oh, I see. Is it the corporate offices of the big firms that are sending mind-control beams, magnetically attracting feeble-minded low-income punters into the bookies' to spend their children's food money?
Seriously: apart from being businesses (i.e. apart from the "predatory" nature of all capitalism), how are bookies any worse than anyone else?
The high street is full of shops trying their best to sell us things that, in most cases, we don't need in order to exist. I work just off Oxford Street, close to Marylebone High Street and Regent Street. There's very little on any of those streets that's necessary. Should we campaign to remove Selfridges? I'm sure someone somewhere must at one time have spend their rent money on designer handbags. Should we storm Prada?
jimfearnley wrote:At no point have I suggested that, effctively. all people on low incomes are 'feeble-minded'. I have tried to explan the particular attraction of gambling to those who have little money, and the consequently greater impact on those with less income. .
jimfearnley wrote:I think if you think that no-one gambles in the hope of increasing their income, you are deluding yourself - for one thing, look at the privatisation of various types of what should be properly 'public' funding represented by the National Lottery.
eDWaRD WooDWaRD wrote:boroughonian wrote:Well actually, as a person that uses bookmakers almost daily, I have seen little to no evidence to back up your claim that they seem to be magnets for "other" (Freudian slip?) criminal activities, perhaps I don't know what to look for, though I think I would notice prostitution in a betting shop.
I won £900+ last year for a £3 stake, it was fun!
If you're in there almost daily, how much of those £900 are actual winnings?
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