Chesapeake attempting to stop sweepstakes gambling in Internet cafes

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Sweepstakes gaming will soon be banned in North Carolina. Now, Hampton Roads is forced to take a closer look at its own Internet cafes.
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Aug 17, 2010
 
Several other states are welcoming Internet Sweepstakes Cafes. Interested in ownership opportunities?

http://www.phoenixdirecttech.com/blog.aspx
awesome

Virginia Beach, VA

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Aug 17, 2010
 
loved the little oriental girl blowing bubble gum... very cute.
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Aug 17, 2010
 

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im one of the people that was there and when you all came to sweepstakes the enployee didnt say the owner wasnt around and never would be she said she didnt want to talk to you because she wasnt the owner. i just want to say its nice to have a place for me and my husband to sit down without anyone drinking and have some fun in ore lives together. why should low to medium income families have to drive to virginia beach and norfolk to the bingo halls just to have a shot at winning money. thats not fair to us. i also enjoy the fact that they do charities for our children to get better learning, the red cross and the salvation army, all which can help our city. you want south norfolk to become better then do that, dont take away things that has even showed to help other cities prosper. instead of taking away try adding roads that wont make us have to pay for new tires. i was about to lose my home and would have if i didnt go there and win the money i did.
lou

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Aug 20, 2010
 
Talk about mis-leading, when did our libraries have anything at no cost, or did Cliff donate the land,buildings,books,etc for everyone to use.
DEBRA

Greensboro, NC

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Aug 22, 2010
 
please dont put my name our there ... but plaese take them out.. people are losing so much money they are borrwing money to play losing there homes. not paying there bills .. please take them out i have seen family seperated from this .. kids doing with out ,, the people that are running this gambling places dont care .. if you win something you have to get a 1099 well that is fine but you cant claim all the money you have put in there so thAT isnt right ... less say you have out thousands of dollors in there machins and you hit 600.00 well you have to pay taxes on that money .. well what about the thousands of dollors you put in there ... you are still not ahead .. please shut them DONE ...
AMY

Greensboro, NC

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Aug 22, 2010
 

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TAKE THEM OUT ,,, I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING
I AM TREATMENT NOW ..BEFORE THEY CAME I WAS MAKING MY BILLS AND ENJOYING LIVE ... WELL THAT IS GONE
Rick

Greenville, SC

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Aug 22, 2010
 
So because some cant control themselves the other 98% have to go without. I have been working at a sweepstakes for over 8 months now. I was unemployed for 17 months. I have to say that I have never seen nor heard of anyone losing there homes and bill money. Almost all the customers that come in are retired. "Are there people out there that lose money ?" yes. The same ones that play and go overboard on the lottery and bingo ! But the majority do not!
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Aug 30, 2010
 
Internette offers no respect or promises to the patrons.They offer internett time and drawings which the players do not get to see.They discourage broke players from using the internette time they bought.Several players have lost thier homes,phones,and personal belongings. They are left with just enough pride not to admit it.
Mark

Raleigh, NC

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Aug 30, 2010
 
CLOSE THEM PLEASE
Mr Vodka

Chesapeake, VA

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Aug 30, 2010
 
Explain to me again why these places endanger the public...

Cliff Hayse should be standing out in front of Blakeley's "night club" trying to close down that dump because every night they let out after one of their gansta' rap shows, there is always some gun play in Great Bridge that is imported from every garbage neighborhood from South Norfolk to Newport news and beyond

Drive down Poindexter Street and look at all the empty stores. There is nothing there but second hand stores and barber shops that sell drugs. The should be begging these "sweepstakes cafes" to open up there.

Look at "The Gateway to SONO" the taxpayers paid for. There is nothing in there but an eye doctor and a physical therapy office for welfare cheats trying to cash in on accident lawsuits

If some retard wants to burn their money on bingo and internet gambling, then let then do it. They are hurting nobody but themselves.

If I ruled Virginia and Chesapeake, I would allow a casino to operate at "The Gateway to SONO". You would see hotels srring up by the Jordan Bridge where the city wasted 30 million dollars to get rid of lead soil at the old J G Wilson property and the tax dollars would roll in

Gamblers are retarded and we need to start taking advantage of them
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Aug 31, 2010
 
by definition bingo is gambling but because our churches ok them it is okay most of the retired community bingo and with the same mouth shun any other notion of gambling except lottery.we need more of these places within the hotels here in chesapeake we are too minute in our thinking look at the jobs the hotel in other areas offer(ie)maintenance,security, floor people,the city would grow nevertheless let us blame all the wrong and each other the city visionaries need to go back to sleep and have a new vision they are task walking enforcing things that don't help this city.
Concerned

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Sep 24, 2010
 
There is NO difference in the state of VA not letting a minor buy a lottery ticket and not letting a minor in the Internet Cafes....Why would you want to close down something that is helping turn your own economy around? It is providing jobs for people that did not have one, a nice environment for people to come to an feel safe, there is no alchol allowed on the property. There is no difference in me taking my chances by buying a lottery ticket, that you so easily sale and say it is OK, than me going to a sweepstakes hoping for the same thing. And also, you need to be educated on these business, they are giving back to your community by donations of the cities choice. It is a win, win situation for both the business owner and the cities that are allowing these businesses to operate. Also, I can go play Bingo or go buy a Pepsi or a sandwich at McDonalds for the same reasons I would go to the sweepstakes business. I am taking a chance on winning something!! What is the difference, really, think about that!! If people are lossing their families and money on these companies they are the ones with a problem, just like a drug addict. The stores are NOT making people come in, just like you are not forcing someone to do drugs off the street, they will do as they want thru their own weakness's, so dont try to blame that on Sweepstake Cafe's they are NOT to blame. They are HELPING you NOT hurting your cities. I am amazed of the attention that is being focused on these companies, and VA has been selling lottery tickets for how long??? If you choose to close down these companies than I would suggest you are NO longer allowed to sell lottery tickets or allow McDonalds, Pepsi, etc. to have any sweepstake games or prize giveaways, because there is NO difference in the two at all, and lets not forget Bingo also, that would have to go too! It would be in the best interest for everyone to allow these companies to continue, and they will continue to give back to your city to make it a better place for all!!!!!!!!
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Sep 24, 2010
 
DEBRA wrote:
please dont put my name our there ... but plaese take them out.. people are losing so much money they are borrwing money to play losing there homes. not paying there bills .. please take them out i have seen family seperated from this .. kids doing with out ,, the people that are running this gambling places dont care .. if you win something you have to get a 1099 well that is fine but you cant claim all the money you have put in there so thAT isnt right ... less say you have out thousands of dollors in there machins and you hit 600.00 well you have to pay taxes on that money .. well what about the thousands of dollors you put in there ... you are still not ahead .. please shut them DONE ...
What is the difference in that situation and someone who is a drug addict?? They need help. You cant stop people from selling and buying drugs, so dont ya think they will play these casinos some where else they are legal?
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Sep 24, 2010
 
Mr. Hayes, no disrespect to you, but if selling lottery tickets in VA is ok, why do you not allow a minor to buy them? I would like to think because minors are children and adults can make their own decisions based on the consequence of their actions. These places are helping the community not hurting them. Your city will lose money because these people spending their money their now will only go to another city and play and allow that community to grow, not yours.
Maynard of Mayport VLG

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Nov 1, 2012
 
Concerned wrote:
Mr. Hayes, no disrespect to you, but if selling lottery tickets in VA is ok, why do you not allow a minor to buy them? I would like to think because minors are children and adults can make their own decisions based on the consequence of their actions. These places are helping the community not hurting them. Your city will lose money because these people spending their money their now will only go to another city and play and allow that community to grow, not yours.
You do know that legal casinos have lost a lot of revenue in Detroit, don't you "Concerned"?
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Nov 1, 2012
 
Mr Vodka wrote:
Explain to me again why these places endanger the public...
Cliff Hayse should be standing out in front of Blakeley's "night club" trying to close down that dump because every night they let out after one of their gansta' rap shows, there is always some gun play in Great Bridge that is imported from every garbage neighborhood from South Norfolk to Newport news and beyond
Drive down Poindexter Street and look at all the empty stores. There is nothing there but second hand stores and barber shops that sell drugs. The should be begging these "sweepstakes cafes" to open up there.
Look at "The Gateway to SONO" the taxpayers paid for. There is nothing in there but an eye doctor and a physical therapy office for welfare cheats trying to cash in on accident lawsuits
If some retard wants to burn their money on bingo and internet gambling, then let then do it. They are hurting nobody but themselves.
If I ruled Virginia and Chesapeake, I would allow a casino to operate at "The Gateway to SONO". You would see hotels srring up by the Jordan Bridge where the city wasted 30 million dollars to get rid of lead soil at the old J G Wilson property and the tax dollars would roll in
Gamblers are retarded and we need to start taking advantage of them
Careful using the 'r' word "Mr. Vodka"!! How would you like to see legalized at the Willoughby bay marina!?

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