And that is my point. Local and in some cases State Police have far more important issues to deal with, as they should and do overlook small violations. Most of us agree that gambling is a mostly victimless crime, but that doesn’t help when you are the guy singled out. All of us break the antiquated PA liquor laws on a daily basis if you look into them. Examples include it is illegal to serve alcohol to a known prostitute, a law on the book since prohibition in PA. Obviously an old example but still on the books. Others include the inability to promote more than one beer special a day. Again many of us violate it. And every LCB (which is the State Police) officer I have ever met doesn’t care unless you are under investigation for other violations.
Reality is you are fine unless you come under the microscope because someone complains, then they find anything and everything. We all deal with the same thing with food inspectors. The first thing, rightly so is they check temperatures to ensure you are holding food at the correct levels, are dating products correctly, using proper handling techniques and are serving safe foods. If you are not risking customers health they address and allow you to fix minor issues without penalty. But open the door and they can be your worst enemy.
That is where I see the “illegal” gambling issue. It’s all good making the money while you can, but when you are the guy that gets reported because someone lost their paycheck, be prepared to deal with the consequences. Again, risk to reward. And with the prices being paid by Sheetz, Wawa, Turkey Hill and other for licenses, the value of clean Liquor Licenses in a PA has never been higher.
I had a guy lose his paycheck in a Broadway Poker and the next day his wife came in screaming and threatening to call the cops. Our policy was to be nice and give the irate person back some money. As little as possible. If they lost $500, offer $100. If the wife gets involved, it cost more. That's usually more than enough to calm down the wife. In this case, wife went food shopping with $200 and the husband was hooked on our customer service, and owed me the $200.