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post #5 of (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 05:36 PM
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I work with a guy named Tony who is the janitor (called "porter") at the casino I work at. He is a hard working, intellgent and respectful person who hates his job and is trying to become a poker dealer, but there is a long wait list and he has much training to do first. As we became friendly I became aware that he had a gambling addiction which is rough considering he is around gambling all the time at work (like a bartender with a drinking problem). It was only recently that I convinced him to make an effort to quit by holding him accountable, but he is having a hard time because during his freetime he just thinks "well ive got nothing else to do, ill go to the casino." What he needs is a hobby... I raved to him about the joys of snowboarding, and he said he would like to learn. I said I could coach him step-by-step since I am going every week this season, but he is very turned off by the idea of frequent rental fees since he makes so little working. This guy has never even seen snow in person, and he told me he imagines it feels like cold salt haha. Im giving him my extra jacket & pants etc because I really want him to get into snowboarding so he won't get super bored on his days off and be tempted to gamble again. Whenever he gets the itch to gamble he can instead head to the mountain, and in time he should soon realize the benefits of saving his money (however small of an amount it may be) and be able to kick his addiction for good. I'd like for this kid (hes 22 years old) to kick the habbit while he's young... everyday I see middle-aged and older people with gambling addictions that are hopeless, but Tony still has a shot at quitting for good.

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