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State won't let welfare recipients bet on sport

The Local · 5 May 2011, 15:33

Published: 05 May 2011 15:33 GMT+02:00

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This follows a decision by a Cologne tribunal banning state lottery Westlotto affiliates from accepting heavy bets from people they know to be living on social security or unemployment benefits.

The court backed a March ruling which said Westlotto should refuse to take sporting bets from punters "who bet money far in excess of their revenues," especially those receiving minimum social security benefits.

The court was not immediately available to explain what was meant by a heavy bet, or how Westlotto employees could know which punter was on the dole.

In March, the court had ruled that employees were not required to check the worth of customers.

A spokesman for Westlotto, Axel Webber, said the court's decision "is and remains out of touch with reality", adding that his firm would appeal the ruling.

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"To refuse to take a bet simply because of a suspicion would amount to discrimination, according to our reading of the law," Webber said in a statement.

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Your comments about this article

17:43 May 5, 2011 by vossy
What a load of crap!

How on earth will they even think about trying to enforce that, they are a business and will accept money from anyone if they think they are going to profit from it, surely some of these people have better things to fill their time with.
18:08 May 5, 2011 by ovalle3.14
Ban them from sports betting and next thing you know, there'll be rooster fights in every Hof!
19:17 May 5, 2011 by Freeman
Foosball, no?
20:05 May 5, 2011 by domoresti

Indeed - Looks like a great way to endorse illegal gambling.
00:34 May 6, 2011 by FredFinger
May I see your nationally registered income card please sir? If you'll just give me the number I'll look up the amount of your income and and how you come by it on the national public income reference website sir. Its no problem sir, the site is kept up to date and anyone can access it.

Fine sir, I see here that you are allowed to bet on one race this week to show and have a coke as well.
06:07 May 6, 2011 by auniquecorn
Why don´t they tattoo Hartz 4 on their foreheads? or tattoo their noses red,
10:40 May 6, 2011 by wood artist
While I agree with the idea, I have no idea how you actually do it. Apparently, neither does anyone else.

10:51 May 6, 2011 by raandy
welfare recipients are an easy target,next they will not be allowed to buy candy.
11:20 May 6, 2011 by FredFinger
Welfare recipients are allowed to buy candy?? On my tax money?
19:09 May 6, 2011 by Englishted
Bet they don't.
22:15 May 6, 2011 by EastPrussia
I do not feel that people who are on welfare should be using taxpayers money to waste on gambling. However, it's their decision, no one could possibly enforece this law, and if those on welfare cannot live within their means, they are forsaking themselves to being poor forever. Wasteful gambling has its own pitfalls, and everyone knows the risks. It's like Germany trying to put a limit on how many drinks a known alcoholic can buy per day!
18:59 May 8, 2011 by Katzerina
more feel good do nothing legislation lol

In America I've stood behind shoppers using "freedom cards" to buy groceries. They divide the items up, and then pay cash for things like specialty "birthday cakes" from the grocery store bakery, junk food and celebrity magazines.

Government schemes are always the easiest to scam.
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