Under proposed legislation, every gambler who walks into a casino in Illinois would have to present his or her driver’s license or state ID card to verify they have not flagged themselves on a voluntary “no gamble” database (via ):
Anybody on the list who tries to get into a casino can be kicked out and charged with trespassing. Anybody on the list who is found in a casino also must forfeit any winnings. So far, O’Shea said, the state has collected $244,000 from 173 self-excluded gamblers who won money on the boats.
Tom Swoik, executive director of the Illinois Casino and Gaming Association, said the industry would have to look hard at the proposal but said checking the ID of all 15.3 million people who went through the turnstiles of the state’s casinos in 2004 could cause long delays.
Once again, if you can’t take responsibility for your own life, try not to take it out on the rest of us with some retarded law proposal that makes sure someone holds your hand through life. The ramifications could also apply to just about every form of gambling, including convenience stores who sell lotto tickets.
Best part is, I’m willing to bet not a single dime of that $244K will be used to pay for this, and the costs of compliance will fall squarely on the casinos (and in return, passed on to the customer). Word up for collectively enforced stupidity.