How could I make that up?
Yesterday afternoon I’m on my way from somewhere to somewhere else. I need gas. I see a station. Quick and decisive I turn into the driveway.
I swipe my card – Gas Station TV asks if it’s a debit or credit card. I say if you’re so smart why don’t you tell me? GSTV is silent so I have to touch the credit key.
After my card is approved GSTV asks if I also want to play the Pennsylvania lottery. Say what?
Now that my card number is on file I have a blank check for buying lottery numbers. Really, I can gamble at the pump as if the guy on his cell phone pumping gas 10 feet away from me is not gambling anyway with my life.
A side note, my state, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania might or might have an unfunded budget – who can tell anymore? The legislators still get paid and also get automatic pay raises even if we have no budget and no way to pay for anything.
One solution to the state’s funding crisis is to expand that ever shrinking cash cow – Gambling or as the gambling industry calls it ” Gaming.” Gambling sounds so dirty but Gaming? It’s got most of the letters found in Gambling except no one ever asks if you have a Gaming Addiction? It’s always a Gambling Addiction. Yes it is.
Remember when Gambling, excuse me Gaming was going to put Atlantic City on the map big time, pave the streets with gold and put a chicken in every pot?
Yeah, me neither but that was the promise. Just ask the former employees of any of the President’s former casinos.
I decline to play the daily number opting to only get gas with my credit or is it debit card.
Gas Station TV thanks me and asks if I want a receipt. I politely decline but maybe the next time I need the official fuel of NASCAR I’ll take them up on it.