Protecting your chips

Discussion in 'Bankroll Management' started by testmember, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. The Midnight Skulker, Apr 25, 2018

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    I'm afraid that after 15 years as a taxi driver I have, of necessity, developed a heart of stone. I'm sure there are many tales of woe I have not yet heard, but I have certainly heard a few only to have the teller accidentally reveal the deception in some way (e.g. produce a wad of cash after claiming poverty). I have seen disabled panhandlers in wheelchairs miraculously healed and exchange places with their equally disabled partners.

    I am not a total Scrooge, however. I have given free rides to a very few who convinced me they were truly in distress and admitted up front that they could not pay. The two I remember off hand are a man who flagged me down as I was en route to pick up a fare, said he was having a heart attack, and asked if I would take him to the hospital about a half mile in the direction I was going; and a hispanic lady I picked up at a hospital and took home who had been assaulted and beat to a pulp by what sounded like a gang of white supremacists.
     
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  2. von duck, Apr 25, 2018

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    If a guy's story is "too good" then I'm a little reluctant to help out. One I remember, was a guy at the Holiday Casino L.V. I was doin pretty good at blackjack, had quite a few greens, and some blacks in my stack, and guy about mid twenties, hit me up when I was changing tables, and says, "you look like regular guy,you wouldn't mind helpin out a guy that went busted, would you?" I asked him, how much are you talkin, and he says " a couple of those greens would go a long way". I gave him two or three greens and a couple reds, he thanked me, and hauled ass. I was pleased he didn't go for blacks, and he seemed like decent guy, that got himself in a little trouble, and after the "serendipity duck" episode, I felt I owed somebody something, and I never regretted giving up these chips. :) A few times in my life, I have been very fortunate, and I probably have not yet, payed everything I owe. :cool:
     
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  3. basicstrategy777, Apr 25, 2018

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    What goes around, comes around....the good and the bad.

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  5. Liman

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    Im glad I worked behind a counter at a retail pharmacy for over 3 decades.


    help me out, hook me up man, I don't get paid till Saturday, kids were sick and doctor took the rest of our money, please, we cant pay rent this month, and so on and so on, and then the few times I decided to extend them a bit of courtesy, they were next door buying 2 case of beer or wine coolers and driving away in their new BMW's 7 hundred series.

    last time I was in vegas, someone approached me at the far end of the parking lot in sunset station, there were no spots, there was some concert being set up for the weekend, and a lot of the hotel parking spots were blocked off, anyway, he came right into my face, almost seemed like a bit of intimidation, could I help him out, and a couple more things he mentioned I forgot, he was maybe 30-35, I said, no fucking way, go get a job.
    I donate my money to charities I care about, not giving anyone money near or in a casino. Its going right back to the casino.

    but the funniest was the look on a beggar on one of the walkways bridges over the strip, years ago, he had his legs blocking the walkway on one side, like he was asking for a toll, he was a middleaged Hispanic man, when he asked for money, some tourists caved in, most likely out of fear, me, I just gave it my best shot at Spanish, and yelled at him, Jo no HODIO chase manhattan!
    he moved his legs, I would have sidestepped them or kicked them.(my Spanish sucks, but he totally got my message)

    when the card passers try to shove their arm in front of me with girls girls girls, and Im with my wife, I tell them to go fuck themselves, and push their arm away. Its amazing to me cops let that shit happen, and its only a matter of time until someone beats one of them to a pulp, prolly happened already, but vegas law enforcement would never let that shit slip out, keep the tourists coming in. never reveal the real amount of petty and annoying small crimes in vegas.

    next time, Im going to just stop and say to them, Immigration! and pull out my wallet, watch them all scatter.

    I truly fucking hate all the scammers, beggars, lowlifes, that feel its ok to disrupt my life when Im on vacation with my wife. they have fucking nerve to interfere with my time and quality of life.

    I wasn't on the strip recently, but all the would you like to get a free gift? or see the grand canyon, or do you need show tickets? it was impossible to hold a conversation with my wife without some asshole interrupting us every 5 minutes,

    its disturbing. a reason I avoid the strip the past few trips.

    like there aren't enough box offices or booths selling reduced priced show tickets, or areas to buy tours, etc.........I did it once, 40 years ago, went into a time sharing seminar and got my free dice clock, I laughed in the guys face as he tried high pressure sales technique, NEVER EVER AGAIN even answer any of them on the strip.

    if I saw someone laying in the street bleeding profusely, I would call an ambulance, I think that's rather nice of me.
     
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    I too, hate the hustlers on the streets and in the hotels, nor do I give money to charities that harass me on the phone or via mail.

    Last year, we stayed in South Lake Tahoe and gambled in Stateline. The resort was also a timeshare and during the check-in process we were asked by the timeshare representative if we wanted to schedule a meeting. I politely said no thank you. She said no problem. Apparently her manager wasn't going to let me off that easy. He had to stick his fat face in and immediately tried to explain all the benefits of timeshare ownership to me. After my third, progressively loud NO, I said in a voice I'm sure they could here at the pool. "Why don't you shut the fuck up, and crawl back into whatever shit hole you came out of!" You could hear a pin drop. I said I think we're done here and took my keys and left.

    I give generously to first responders. In my opinion they've earned it.
     
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  7. basicstrategy777, Apr 25, 2018

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    Liman....I can see you now....substitute one of your beggers for Justin Bieber and ,,,,it's you.in a rant.....love it.



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  8. Liman

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    my sisterinlaw loves that guy, we also watch all his videos, hes funny as hell

    my sil thinks I should write in some of my rants and send it to him to do.

    Ive done rants about checking in at the flamingo*, going to dept of motor vehicles, I should have recorded them, some of the people begged me to stop, said they pissing themselves they were laughing so hard.

    *what started my rant with the flamingo was when I finally got to a checkin person, after 2 hours on the line, she told me if I pay 15 dollars she would give me a room right then, at 1:45 instead of waiting for 3 pm, and I asked her if she had rooms available, she said ofcourse, but its a 15 dollar charge to check in an hour or two early.
    There I was, standing on line for 2 fucking hours, travelled 1000s of miles to get to vegas, paid a fucking fortune for airfare, rented a car, and chose her fucking hotel to stay and play in, she wanted to charge me 15 dollars so I could put my luggage in the room an hour earlier, and when I asked her if she is fucking insane, she left and got someone else to check me in, and then I asked her if the hotel is fucking serious. And that was the last time I ever stayed at the flamingo

    never ceases to amaze me how gambling hotels think of new ways to fuck over tourists, gamblers or not,
    I also went ballistic at green valley after checking in, paying what Im ashamed to admit for a mediocre room, and then finding out there were only 2 tiny bath towels, barely enough to wipe my dick so I got housekeeping on the phone and when someone came to the room with 2 more tiny towels, I went off on him. I cant help it, I never ran my business like that, never intentionally looked to fuck over any customer, treated everyone equal, whether they were millionaires or destitute and homeless.
    the service industry is failing horribly. Las vegas is the worst culprit of it all.
     
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  9. Liman

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    yep, its like calling your cell phone carrier to ask them a simple question, they drone on and on aobut some shit or promotion, with such an accent its sometimes nearly impossible to understand, and then every time they start a new answer, they repeat everything 2 more times, making a 30 second phone call, a 20 minute ordeal.
    sell, sell, sell, sell, dupe the tourists into some nonsense,

    and the best is they seem offended when you brush them off.
     
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  10. The Midnight Skulker, Apr 25, 2018

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    You and Liman have created a monster. :D About a year ago one of the local supermarkets started pitching a car cleaning/shining product at their attached gas stations. Sales personnel approach customers immediately after they hook up the hose, thereby becoming a captive audience. I listened to the spiel and actually agreed to buy the product, primarily because it also deoxidized headlight lenses.

    At the end of the refueling process I accompanied the salesman to the area where the products were sold, at which time I was given another pitch for additional products which I'm guessing would have turned my beat-up 1998 Expedition -- I hit a cow a couple years ago -- into the most potent chick magnet the world has ever seen...or even dreamed of. I have to guess because I attempted to cut the man off, and when that failed I simply said, "Never mind," and walked away without making the purchase I was going to.

    Now that I know what to look for I don't even stop at those gas stations during those promotions, but I do shop at the store. About half the time I am given the opportunity to take a satisfaction survey, and I always note that I fueled elsewhere when I have skipped their station. Come to think of it I don't remember seeing a promotion so far this year.
     
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  11. Liman

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    they run those car miracle cleaners at my local station also.

    I handle it differently, I just say, no speak English, Romania!

    most of them are snotnose college students so they just look at me and walk away.
     
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    :mad:? ? ?:cool:
     
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    What are you gonna say when you run across a Rumanian selling this stuff? :)
     
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  15. The Midnight Skulker, Apr 26, 2018

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    "Scuze, ești ortodox; Sunt reformat."
     
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    Translation please. :) To English.
     
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  19. The Midnight Skulker, Apr 26, 2018

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    And deprive you of the satisfaction that comes from mastering the operation of clicking on a link? Shirley, you jest!
     
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    He's a dummy!
     
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