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(ABC Local)   "Come on, baby needs new shocks": California lawmakers propose 'Play At The Pump' Lottery sales   (abclocal.go.com) divider line 42
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2014-03-29 09:12:05 AM  
Perfect timing!:

The California Lottery joins other state and national organizations to recognize the month of March as California Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

I'm sure putting a flashing lotto machine at the pump won't have any effect on problem gamblers who've actually managed to get away from it. They can just stop driving.
 
2014-03-29 09:24:11 AM  
Never pass up a chance to tax stupid
 
2014-03-29 10:15:43 AM  
You can't already? Wow
 
2014-03-29 10:16:57 AM  
Is it too much goddamned work to walk 50 feet into the gas station?
 
2014-03-29 10:17:54 AM  
Too lazy to Photoshop a slot-machine's lever on the side of a gas pump.
 
2014-03-29 10:20:34 AM  
nice headline seeing that LA just had an earthquake.
 
2014-03-29 10:20:40 AM  

Dr J Zoidberg: You can't already? Wow


Reading comprehension fail on my part, nevermind
 
2014-03-29 10:23:27 AM  
I'm just glad to see that California has quit pushing that old canard, "Your Schools Win Too!"

Christ, by now the state has made so much money off the gullibility of its citizens, that every student should have his or her own supercollider, library and doctorate paid for by lottery losers. That was the big premise of the lottery when the state first shoved it down her residents' throats.

Is our children learning? Well, IS THEY?
 
2014-03-29 10:23:49 AM  
Got to fund that California government pension system somehow.
 
2014-03-29 10:24:10 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Never pass up a chance to tax stupid


If taxing stupid worked, we'd either have less of a deficit or fewer Teatards.
 
2014-03-29 10:26:07 AM  
What could possibly go wrong?
 
2014-03-29 10:26:13 AM  

pueblonative: Is it too much goddamned work to walk 50 feet into the gas station?


As someone who works at one, you bet your ass it is. Three steps to the trash can is too much work for a lot of them. People are animals.
 
2014-03-29 10:27:56 AM  

pueblonative: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Never pass up a chance to tax stupid

If taxing stupid worked, we'd either have less of a deficit or fewer Teatards.


Well, you see, that's the beauty of it, innit?

/there's an inexhaustible supply
//problem is exists on both ends of the cash flow
 
2014-03-29 10:30:23 AM  
You haven't seen a gambling addiction until you're stuck behind some twunt in her pajamas redeeming/buying 50 lotto tickets at 4:30a.m.

Oh, no... I'm not standing here in this uniform two hours before sunrise because I've got to get to work or anything, take your time perusing the selection of scratch-offs. I'll wait.

At least the alcoholics buying at that time of day are quick about it.
 
2014-03-29 10:31:17 AM  
Tickets may contain up to 10% failanol.
 
2014-03-29 10:32:35 AM  
Now if the pumps can dispense alcohol and tobacco were all set.

But seriously, fark these assholes. Internet gambling must be stopped at all costs. But buy some lottery tickets everywhere you go.
 
2014-03-29 10:38:18 AM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: You haven't seen a gambling addiction until you're stuck behind some twunt in her pajamas redeeming/buying 50 lotto tickets at 4:30a.m.

Oh, no... I'm not standing here in this uniform two hours before sunrise because I've got to get to work or anything, take your time perusing the selection of scratch-offs. I'll wait.

At least the alcoholics buying at that time of day are quick about it.


No shiat. I know a woman who has hit the big one more than once (the scratch offs, that is) and just puts those winnings back into buying the tickets. It's a disease.
 
2014-03-29 10:38:21 AM  
Why goto a casino and spend $28 for a crappy sirloin steak and drop $100 on crappy slot machines when you can simply roll up to a gas station and buy 50 $1 scratch offs and try your luck?

Maybe its me, but I kind of like the Vending machines inside most gas stations in Florida, walk in and put $10 in, walk out 2 minutes later - gambling done without all the headaches.
 
2014-03-29 10:42:20 AM  
What could be better than waiting behind a Lotto Zombie in line at 7-11? Waiting behind a Lotto Zombie at the farking pump, that's what.
 
2014-03-29 10:45:31 AM  

carrion_luggage: Tickets may contain up to 10% failanol.

I rarely LOL at internet responses, but when I do, it's a minor miracle. That was hilarious.


thisishistorictimes.com
 
2014-03-29 10:51:09 AM  
Tax and spend. Tax and spend. Welcome to California. Tax and spend.
 
2014-03-29 10:52:43 AM  

Cerebral Ballsy: What could be better than waiting behind a Lotto Zombie in line at 7-11? Waiting behind a Lotto Zombie at the farking pump, that's what.


Pretty much. I see these idiots every damned day, and I always seem to get stuck waiting while they go through the "uhhh... give me 5.... num-ber.... 24's... and uh... 4... num-ber.... 32's, and 10... of num-ber..."

I can't really get my head around the thought process that leads people to roll out of bed and run to the store to cash in the tickets they bought at the same store right before they closed for the night... all of 5 hours ago. And they hand the cashier a wad of tickets to scan, because they've gotten to the point of their addiction where the dopamine rush isn't associated with the scratching anymore, it's watching the little screen flash as the tickets are run through to see what they've won.

It's sad, really.
 
2014-03-29 10:54:13 AM  
Baby needs a new pair of brake shoes.
 
2014-03-29 11:05:53 AM  
It's not just California. Ohio Lottery is putting vending machines everywhere. In fact, my employment is at a well known sports arena. Noticed a few more sprouted up on the main concourse since beginning of the year. Sadly, the only people I see using said machines are the minimum wage workers that work events.

/not a gambler
//Poor People Tax
 
2014-03-29 11:20:48 AM  

lostcat: Too lazy to Photoshop a slot-machine's lever on the side of a gas pump.


Understood.  Great concept.
I was too lazy to photoshop Pistorius as R2D2, as you can imagine where I was going with that.
 
2014-03-29 11:33:52 AM  
I wonder if Vegas has them.  I recall going into a gas station and right there by the entrance on the inside is a slot machine.  Who goes into a gas station for a pack of smokes or whatever, sees a lonely slot machine and decides to sit down and play?
 
2014-03-29 11:46:35 AM  

pueblonative: Is it too much goddamned work to walk 50 feet into the gas station?


Hell, yes, it is. I haven't gone into a gas station unless I needed to use the restroom in 15 years.

I would totally spend a buck extra to buy a lottery ticket with my gas receipt. I mean, it costs me nearly $75 to completely fill up, what's an extra buck or two?

/You could protect problem gamblers by limiting how many tickets you could buy at the pump. Limit it to say, $5, and they can't really hurt themselves, because how often do you buy gas, anyway?
 
2014-03-29 11:49:08 AM  

JohnnyRebel88: lostcat: Too lazy to Photoshop a slot-machine's lever on the side of a gas pump.

Understood.  Great concept.
I was too lazy to photoshop Pistorius as R2D2, as you can imagine where I was going with that.


What's kind of sad is that slot machines don't have levers on them any more. Mechanical slot machines are sort of fun, but the ones they have now just have electronic readouts and buttons you hit, like video poker.
 
2014-03-29 12:26:19 PM  
Welcome back 1970.
 
2014-03-29 12:28:41 PM  
Oh, AT the pump.

Why not digitally off of your cell phone while your disrupting traffic?
 
2014-03-29 12:34:25 PM  
Nobody puts baby in the corner.

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-29 01:08:01 PM  
"They'll notice if we raise gas taxes..."
"So lets just add a dummy tax at the pump."
"Brilliant!"
 
2014-03-29 01:10:11 PM  
Can't wait for the inevitable lawsuit due to lack of receipt paper.
 
2014-03-29 02:19:10 PM  

meenkya:  Ohio Lottery is putting vending machines everywhere. In fact, my employment is at a well known sports arena. Noticed a few more sprouted up on the main concourse since beginning of the year. Sadly, the only people I see using said machines are the minimum wage workers that work events.

/not a gambler
//Poor People Tax


I also find the proliferation of slickly produced ads for the Ohio Lottery an affront to the Ohio Taxpayer.  Their marketing budget must be huge, do they really need to market the Ohio Lottery?
 
2014-03-29 02:59:33 PM  
Why not video poker on the dashboard gps
 
2014-03-29 03:59:09 PM  
So they're suggesting putting lottery tickets in gas stations?

//someone may need to pull these folks aside and, whispering gently and first then yelling, tell them "IT's BEEN DONE!"
 
2014-03-29 04:43:17 PM  

Somaticasual: So they're suggesting putting lottery tickets in gas stations?

//someone may need to pull these folks aside and, whispering gently and first then yelling, tell them "IT's BEEN DONE!"


RTFA. They know it's in the gas stations. They're a little miffed that people who use a card don't go into the station to have the point-of-sale advertisements in their face, so they want to put it in your face at the pump.
 
2014-03-29 04:43:19 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Never pass up a chance to tax stupid


I know the odds, which are "not farking likely".  I still buy a ticket on a rare occasion.  Just a single dollar once every few weeks.  I know better than to try to improve my chances by spending twenty bucks as do people with poor math skills.
 
2014-03-29 04:44:56 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Somaticasual: So they're suggesting putting lottery tickets in gas stations?

//someone may need to pull these folks aside and, whispering gently and first then yelling, tell them "IT's BEEN DONE!"

RTFA. They know it's in the gas stations. They're a little miffed that people who use a card don't go into the station to have the point-of-sale advertisements in their face, so they want to put it in your face at the pump.


Around here you can't use a debit card to buy a lottery ticket.  You have to pay cash.  So if I buy a pack of smokes with my card I can't add on a lottery ticket unless I have a buck in my pocket.  I tend to not carry cash but then I don't really give a shiat if I can get a ticket or not.
 
2014-03-29 04:55:09 PM  

OgreMagi: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Never pass up a chance to tax stupid

I know the odds, which are "not farking likely".  I still buy a ticket on a rare occasion.  Just a single dollar once every few weeks.  I know better than to try to improve my chances by spending twenty bucks as do people with poor math skills.


Heh... I never said I was above the occasional bout of dumbass

/been known to drop a buck or two now and then myself
//hey... I've thrown away more money on lower odds
///last marriage comes to mind
 
2014-03-29 04:55:48 PM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Somaticasual: So they're suggesting putting lottery tickets in gas stations?

//someone may need to pull these folks aside and, whispering gently and first then yelling, tell them "IT's BEEN DONE!"

RTFA. They know it's in the gas stations. They're a little miffed that people who use a card don't go into the station to have the point-of-sale advertisements in their face, so they want to put it in your face at the pump.


RTFA? On Fark?
But that would slow down snarking by at least 10 seconds...
 
2014-03-29 08:55:22 PM  

Brick-House: nice headline seeing that LA just had an earthquake.


Several in fact. Along with the upteenth reminder that it's earthquake country so really, panic is a bit silly.

/Both go back to the same underlying problem: stupid people.
 
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