Are you allowed to Gamble while on Benefits?

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      • Christopher lambert
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        Hi all,

        I thought about this while reading "What one man does to avoid work?", and my question is, are you allowed to gamble when you receive benefits??

        I know it is not allowed over here in the Netherlands, but what about other countries??

        My personal opinion is that you shouldn't be allowed to gamble, cause than basically you are gambling with other people's money i think.......

        Let me know what you think......

        Johan
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        That makes a lot of sense but how would anyone know what the money is spent on? I see your point and agree with it however these folks are entitled to have a little fun imo. As long as they take care of their responsibilities I don't really see anything wrong with it.
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        While I was on UI (Unemployment Insurance) I curtailed my gambling quite a bit. Instead of every week or so, I'd drop to once a month and then limit it to $50
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        and that is what i do, i limit my gambling of course, everything else comes first,

        and it is true what others said, and to be perfectly honest with you, we are still human, and if we have a tiny little left to have some fun with, then why not, it does not do any harm does it

        and yes i do see what you are saying

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        I know at one point Social Security benefits was considering disallowing payments if the money was spent on gambling. I don't know what ever became of that but as far as any type of benefits i think it would be ludicrous to control what person does with that money.

        First off it's the people who pay into benefits not the government and the person who claims them have paid their dues. Collecting any type of benefits means there is a hardship on that person either with a disability or lack of work. Controlling how or what they do with these benefits is just another example of the Big Brother is watching us.

        As far as i am concerned it is just another excuse to find a way for the gov to spend OUR money and not shell it out.

        As far as the gov knowing if the money is spent on gambling it would boil down to their bank accounts being monitored and the banks reporting it. Writing a check at a casino or making a withdrawal at a ATM machine in the casino would give it away. But there is always a way to get around that by not writing checks and withdrawing money outside the casino.

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        in my opinion other people should not pay to support somebody elses gambling addiction.  It also would seem irresponsible to gamble if obviously you cant really afford it.  perhaps that money would be better spent on personal upgrade or looking for a job/better job?  and unfortunately, many people who receive benefits have not paid their dues, or far exceeded in entitlements what they will ever pay into the system.  i just feel like if you are in a position where you need help, how can you justify spending the money on gambling??
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        Should one be allowed to have a beer when on benefits? If the answer is yes, then gambling should be allowed too.
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        Then the answer is no, i think there's a difference between drinking a beer and gambling your social benefits.

        I admit it is a grey line,

        i think, first of all, that if you gamble away all your money, it's not a good thing to do, the same if you drink away all your money is not a good thing to do also.

        But i think your comparison goes a bit to far johnny, should one be allowed to go to McDonald's when on benefits? Should one be allowed to go out dancing once a week while on benefits??

        I don't know, but the real question is, you get money to get by from the taxpayers or the working people (at least here in the netherlands that is), and you should make yourself responsible for how you gonna spend this money, and then the question raises, do the "working people" approve what you are doing??
        I mean, the money is intended for you to support yourself, then gambling won't be one of them right?
        I know people here that are on benefits, but they aren't even allowed to own a car if they have no need of it for getting to their work etc.

        Johan



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        Maybe I was a bit too abrupt in my post. What I meant is that if someone gambles 10 bucks per month, just for fun, I don't see anything wrong with that, regardless of where that money comes from.

        If one gambles away ALL his money or a big chunk of it, then I agree, that is a problem if that someone is on benefits.
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        Where are all the other replies?
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        jbuijsheeschw wrote:

        Where are all the other replies?


        Some got lost because LCB is moving to a new server. Sorry about that...
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        All of my posts from yesterday are gone and everything I said was either witty, a valuable contribution or brilliant.  Figures they are all gone.






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        ^^ was kidding for those who didn't know.
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        You are indeed witty gabby, brilliant or valuable, i don't know..............lol

        Off course i am kidding also, or not....................................................
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        gabby wrote:

        ^^ was kidding for those who didn't know.
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        [quote author=jbuijsheeschw link=topic=22812.msg215205#msg215205 date=1333566404]
        You are indeed witty gabby, brilliant or valuable, i don't know..............lol

        Off course i am kidding also, or not....................................................


        Haha, then LCB must have a very intelligent but mean server

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