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(BBC)   Having eliminated murder, rape, robbery, assault and fraud, Portugese law enforcers turn their attention to illicit playing of bingo for biscuits (that's cookies for our transatlantic brethren)   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 23
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2013-06-24 06:21:18 PM
It is stupid. It is also asinine. What is the criteria to determine which?
 
2013-06-24 06:23:17 PM
In related news, a favorite past time of retirees everywhere is now a criminal offense.

Damn it, Portugal.....I expected better of you.
 
2013-06-24 06:25:48 PM
I hate those Portugese people from Portugeseland.
 
2013-06-24 06:27:41 PM
Ms. Pittaway was speaking in Portuguese code:
Biscuit = cookie
Cookie = Euros
Bingo = wild sex orgies
 
2013-06-24 06:35:25 PM
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2013-06-24 06:38:45 PM
The Portuguese are a very strange people.
 
2013-06-24 06:41:47 PM
Congratulations, Subby, on having your own tag here on Fark!
 
2013-06-24 06:42:43 PM
Ms Pittaway, 34,

In the States, no one between the ages of 10 and 79 plays bingo.  We play poker.  A serious game.
 
2013-06-24 06:49:28 PM
just make sure you have enough for everyone...

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-24 06:52:13 PM
Bingo?   Bongo is teh LBGT...
 
2013-06-24 06:53:19 PM
Also the article states they were also playing for drinks... which cost real money. So unless the house was providing the prize drinks for free (meaning the participants had to ante up) then yeah... that would be gambling.

There is also the distinct possibility the "biscuits" were acting as gambling chips which could be redeemed at the end of the night. People do this sh*t all the time to skirt gambling and drinking laws. I've never been around much illegal gambling but I've been to places where you'd buy a popsicle stick or whatever for $5 bucks and then go trade your popsicle stick for a "free" beer on the other side of the room.

But... probably just a bunch of old English bitties getting their drunk on and doing what old bitties do. The Portuguese cops and/or whoever reported them just wanted to mess with the Brits.
 
2013-06-24 06:55:23 PM
They then go next door to the cookie store to redeem their cookies.
 
2013-06-24 06:57:28 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Ms Pittaway, 34,

In the States, no one between the ages of 10 and 79 plays bingo.  We play poker.  A serious game.


Wrong, there were many drunken mornings in the casino coffee shop picking out Keno numbers, because hey we could gamble while eating.
 
2013-06-24 07:09:45 PM

Tom_Slick: AliceBToklasLives: Ms Pittaway, 34,

In the States, no one between the ages of 10 and 79 plays bingo.  We play poker.  A serious game.

Wrong, there were many drunken mornings in the casino coffee shop picking out Keno numbers, because hey we could gamble while eating.


I have to agree.,  Living in Vegas I've know more than a few women in their 20s-30s who love bingo. It's cheap entertainment. Like anything else, I'm sure it's an excuse to get boozed up.
 
2013-06-24 07:10:13 PM
Portuguese here.

Albufeira is a tourist trap, and both the police and the local government bend over backwards to cater to tourism.  They let a lot of nasty stuff committed by brit tourists just slide because everyone is there to relax and have a good time.

If the local police was compelled to intervene in this case then it was most certainly not harmless bingo for biscuits.  And by the looks of it, they were really running an illegal gambling operation, the kind which doesn't deal with biscuits, and they stepped on the wrong toes.
 
2013-06-24 07:14:30 PM
THANKS OBINGO
 
2013-06-24 07:17:47 PM
I guess that fills in some of the backstory for Biscuit Man
 
2013-06-24 08:20:38 PM
Subby was trying to be snarky, but the thing is, Portugal has dramatically decreased murders, robberies and thefts -- by legalizing drugs.  ALL drugs.  Users can buy at stores and also get treatment available there.  No more trips to dangerous back alleys for users to buy from violent gangs.  The violent gangs are out of work.  Even the head of the police is shocked, pleasantly, that Portugal's "drug problem" is now under control and no longer the problem.

So, the cops really do need something to do!

maggoo: Portuguese here. -- Any truth to the above?  It's what I've read and seen reported from various sources.

/ "let's smoke a bowl in Portugal", catchy, print that on travel posters
 
2013-06-24 08:30:22 PM

here to help: The Portuguese are a very strange people.


Hey! I resemble that remark!

\okay, American of Portuguese descent
\\well, technically Açorean
\\\whatever, it's weird to see anything Portuguese going on outside my little corner of the world
 
2013-06-24 09:27:23 PM
The Underlord requests cookies.

Also bingo is not similiar to keno.:
 
2013-06-25 01:55:49 AM
That's not a bingo!
 
2013-06-25 02:20:25 AM
I met the daughter of the mayor of Albufeira in the late '80s. Topless, on the beach. We were pen pals for a while.
 
2013-06-25 02:58:57 AM
What's a "portugal"?
 
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