glenwiggy
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March 26th, 2013 at 5:48:48 PM permalink
Six or seven years ago, a regular blackjack player at Sandia Casino in Albuquerque told me a fun and interesting story. Unfortunately, I thought the story was unbelievable. A downright lie. In fact, I almost retold the story in my book, but decided against it at the last minute because I thought it was too much of a BS story. He said that while visiting a new casino, he would always check in with the Lost and Found office to see if anyone had turned in the “…$20 bill that he had lost.” He says that the trick had worked a few times over the years. He also said the trick worked once when he had asked, “Did anyone turn in a green ($25) chip?” The rationale behind the trick was that casino employees are forbidden to keep any cash or chips found in the casino. Since there are surveillance cameras everywhere, the rule usually results in the employee turning in loose chips or bucks to Lost and Found. Otherwise, they risk losing their job. The player also told me that he would never risk trying the trick more than once at the same place. Makes sense, but still unbelievable, right?

Last month, I experienced the unbelievable. While walking to the bathroom at a casino in a state that shall remain nameless for my own protection, I witnessed a female custodian picking up a bill about ten feet from a snack bar that sold coffee and pastries. I yelled out while walking in her direction, “Hey, I think that’s mine.” The custodian grinned while tightly clutching and covering the bill from my view, “Oh yeah?! How much is it?” I guessed, “Twenty.” The woman giggled while showing me the evidence, “Nope, it’s a ten.” I smiled back, and walked away silently as not to make a bigger fool of myself.

While in the bathroom, I thought to check Lost and Found later for the ten-dollar bill. Perhaps the custodian would turn in the money. I returned to playing blackjack for about thirty minutes. I figured I better wait awhile, or else the custodian may not have gone there yet. Or worse, she might be there when I asked about it again…that would REALLY be embarrassing. Then I had another thought: does this place even have a Lost and Found? I asked the dealer. She directed me to a podium near the casher’s cage where a uniformed guard usually sat. There was nobody there. I went back to playing blackjack.

While cashing out chips a couple hours later, I noticed that a guard was now manning the post. I said to him, “There you are. Is this Lost and Found?” He nodded. I then asked, “This may sound utterly ridiculous, but did anyone turn in a ten-dollar bill a few hours ago?” I expected the guard to reach under the podium and produce a cardboard box filled with sunglasses and gloves. Or, I expected him to look at me and start cracking up because I had asked such a fool question! Instead, he said, “Hold on.” He was a man of few words. The guard then walked into an area that appeared to share the same back-office space as the cashier’s cage. He returned a few minutes later with a small slip of white paper. “Here you go. Take this to the cashier.” He handed me a computer-generated voucher that was similar to cash comp coupons I had received at the casino on promotion days. It was for $10. I responded with a lie, “Whew…now I have gas money to get home.” I cashed out the voucher and left the casino in disbelief.

In hindsight, I wonder how much trouble I would’ve been in had the eyes in the sky reviewed the tape to see that my inquiry was false. Did I break a law? Will I get arrested or kicked out the next time I visit that casino? Now for the bigger question…will I begin asking Lost and Founds in other casinos for lost stuff out of the blue in the future? I don’t know if the con is worth the consequences.

Has anything like this ever happened to anyone else?

Glen Wiggy
Author of "1536 Free Waters and Other Blackjack Endeavors--Finding Profit and Humor in Card-Counting"
rxwine
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March 26th, 2013 at 5:53:28 PM permalink
Perfectly believable.

Possibly you could score a fancy pair of lost sunglasses with a lucky guess.
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March 26th, 2013 at 6:01:58 PM permalink
It is nice to know that the casino staff is honest (in turning in found money), even though some players are not (in claiming money that is not their own).
onenickelmiracle
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March 26th, 2013 at 6:04:33 PM permalink
Shameful and despicable. I also find it a bad way to sell your book by associating yourself with a low classed individual.
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March 26th, 2013 at 6:10:20 PM permalink
I have asthma and used to go to the lost and found at theme parks and asked if anyone had turned in my "lost" albuterol inhaler. It was long ago and I don't remember what the results were from me asking. I was a broke student at the time and wanted to save the $35 or so I would have to pay to get a new one.
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March 26th, 2013 at 6:34:16 PM permalink
Quote: glenwiggy

In hindsight, I wonder how much trouble I would’ve been in had the eyes in the sky reviewed the tape to see that my inquiry was false. Did I break a law? Will I get arrested or kicked out the next time I visit that casino? Now for the bigger question…will I begin asking Lost and Founds in other casinos for lost stuff out of the blue in the future? I don’t know if the con is worth the consequences.



Well, let’s see. In order to prove where the $10 came from, a review would have to be done. Who is going to request it and why? The answer is usually nobody and for no reason, at least not for $10.

But say they did. They see the $10, see it drop from someone, mark the person. Now they have to review the return of the $10 in order to see you. Who and why? No one and for no reason.

But say they did, and ooops!, y’all don’t match. Now they’d have to review the times you claimed (a “couple hours ago”), if not your entire stay, to see if you lied, or maybe really lost $10, but not this $10. Who and why? NO ONE and for NO REASON. I’d laugh that review right out of my office. $10? GMAFB.

Of course, snags pop into simple stuff like this. You never know what we’re looking at or what we’re going to review. If you are caught, then you’d be subject to state law which varies all over the chart. I imagine anything from “finders keepers” to theft or making false claim charges, going about your day $10 richer to 86’d from the joint and the guard losing his job.

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March 26th, 2013 at 6:49:29 PM permalink
It amazes me that someone who is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy with its Honor Code ("We will not lie, steal or cheat nor tolerate among us anyone who does.") would engage in such deceit to "steal" $10. And to top it off, to then pose the question about whether surveillance might catch him and "whether the con is worth the consequences."
rxwine
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March 26th, 2013 at 7:09:08 PM permalink
Quote: Face

to 86’d from the joint



I've never known security not to toss people they catch in any kind of petty theft or moocherism if they catch on to it. Doesn't it go under getting out the riffraff, freeloaders and bums? They see these people to the door. At least ,as far as I have seen in Vegas.
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DeMango
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March 26th, 2013 at 7:13:12 PM permalink
Well everyone has their price. For some it's $10.
AlanMendelson
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March 26th, 2013 at 7:23:59 PM permalink
Too bad the guard didn't show you an actual ten dollar bill... and then you could have said... "nope, this wasn't the one." It wouldve made for a better story.

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