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    Drunk man sues casino for $500 grand he lost while drunk

    A California man who lost $500,000 during a Las Vegas trip over the Super Bowl weekend is suing the casino for his losses because he was blackout drunk.
    Retiree Mark Johnston is suing the brand new Downtown Grand for loaning him the money and allowing him to play while he was inebriated.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz2v91AqZnn
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    I haven't seen this posted. What do you think?
    The man in my avatar may have killed two innocent teenagers Abigail Williams and Liberty German. If you know who he is Please call the tip line. There is a reward of $250,000 - Tel- 844.459.5786 or email: abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjrichards View Post
    A California man who lost $500,000 during a Las Vegas trip over the Super Bowl weekend is suing the casino for his losses because he was blackout drunk.
    Retiree Mark Johnston is suing the brand new Downtown Grand for loaning him the money and allowing him to play while he was inebriated.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz2v91AqZnn
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    I haven't seen this posted. What do you think?
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    Good Luck with that!
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

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    Breathalyzers at the loan window? Sheesh. Know your limits, maybe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by al66pine View Post
    Greg
    What do you think?
    Obviously this man has some personal responsibility but should casinos have a moral obligation to ensure people don't lose more than they can afford when under the influence.

    I don't think being drunk and in a casino is ever a good idea

    I personally hate gambling I wouldn't ever go in a casino. I used to play the lotto but haven't for years as I never won anything ever.
    The man in my avatar may have killed two innocent teenagers Abigail Williams and Liberty German. If you know who he is Please call the tip line. There is a reward of $250,000 - Tel- 844.459.5786 or email: abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

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    I'm really surprised there is a gaming regulation about it. I would think this kind of thing happens all the time. Casinos encourage alcohol. What happened to personal responsibility??? I think the guy is an idiot!
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

    Parents watch your children. Free-range parenting leads to more child victims.

    Cruelty to humans begins with cruelty to animals.

    I believe in closure, not forgiveness. I'm also unapologetically judgemental.

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    After reading the article, I think he might have a case.

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    He totally has a case, if he was noticeably inebriated then NO ONE should have given him a loan.

    There's personal responsibility, and then there's also the responsibility of the establishment to make sure that they are staying within their own regulation.

    If a man got a tattoo at a tattoo parlour while black out drunk would you guys think that the tattoo artist should not get his license taken away because of the clients personal responsibility?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmmaliLucia View Post
    He totally has a case, if he was noticeably inebriated then NO ONE should have given him a loan.

    There's personal responsibility, and then there's also the responsibility of the establishment to make sure that they are staying within their own regulation.

    If a man got a tattoo at a tattoo parlour while black out drunk would you guys think that the tattoo artist should not get his license taken away because of the clients personal responsibility?


    BBM.

    I've seen career alcoholics who were walking and talking @ 0.3+.

    If this doofus had gotten into his car and killed someone, he'd be a felon, but since he made bad decisions after voluntarily getting wasted, he's a victim?

    Sorry, but stupid should hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmmaliLucia View Post
    If a man got a tattoo at a tattoo parlour while black out drunk would you guys think that the tattoo artist should not get his license taken away because of the clients personal responsibility?
    RSBM

    Tattoo artists (reputable ones anyway) will refuse to work on a person if they even slightly suspect the person is under the influence.

    That said, I do not think a tattoo artist should be held responsible if a client appears sober and signs all the appropriate paperwork.


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    Johnston said he was invited to stay at the Downtown Grand over Super Bowl weekend by a casino host he knows. The civil complaint indicates he drank before and after his flight to Las Vegas, later having dinner and more drinks at the Triple George Grill downtown.

    "He has no recollection of leaving Triple George or the next events of the next day and a half," said Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle.

    The complaint refers to this as the "blackout period." Johnston claims he can't remember events that transpired over a 44-hour period.

    http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/24899...unk?hpt=ju_bn3

    This fellow was an invited guest over Super Bowl weekend. He is a gambler and this was not his first rodeo. The above bolded phrase is quite interesting to me. This would be HIS casino host - not just someone he knows. It most certainly would be someone who knows him, his gaming history and his financial ability to pay. I don't know much about the casino in question but most casinos are very particular about conducting due diligence, particularly when such large sums are at stake.

    Will be very interesting to see how this plays out. Personally, I don't believe he will be successful.

    As to how drunk he was - he seems to have been sober enough to sign what were most likely several markers over the course of the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmmaliLucia View Post
    He totally has a case, if he was noticeably inebriated then NO ONE should have given him a loan.

    There's personal responsibility, and then there's also the responsibility of the establishment to make sure that they are staying within their own regulation.

    If a man got a tattoo at a tattoo parlour while black out drunk would you guys think that the tattoo artist should not get his license taken away because of the clients personal responsibility?
    Um... no. I actually wouldn't. I think that's SOP when it comes to a large portion of tattoo acquisitions!

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    People do get fast and free with their money when drinking.

    This man sounds like he can hold his booze well. That's a whole lot of drinking, and I'd guess he even sobered up some a couple of times within that 24 hours. If he can hold that much booze and drink for that long, then he may be one of the unfortunate hard core alcoholics that never appear drunk. They do not have distorted features, drooping lids, slurring words, or stumbling walks. They can literally drink themselves to death and no one would have noticed any change at all to alert them to the fact that the person is completely intoxicated.

    Have no idea what will happen here. I do know gambling and booze is a flat out stupid choice no matter how much you lose. Lesson plan for the day: Don't drink and gamble!

    Unless I have included a link, it is my opinion and only my opinion that I am expressing.

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    For the most part I think it's evil for casinos to loan anybody $500,000, drunk or not. Anybody who needs to borrow that kind of money to continue gambling can't afford to lose it.

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    oh how I would love to be a lawyer on these cases:

    "you've drunk alcohol before the night in question, correct?" yes

    "you knew then that alcohol can affect judgment and cognitive ability right?" yes

    "directly before your flight and again upon landing, you willingly and voluntarily drank alcohol, knowing that this was a gambling trip and that you would be making decisions regarding money?" right ...

    "you voluntarily went to a restaurant and voluntarily ordered more alcohol for yourself, knowing that this was a gambling trip and that you would be making decisions regarding money correct?" ummm, yeah

    "nobody tied your hands and forced it down your throat?" ......

    "I need an answer, is that a yes or a no?" no one poured it down my throat against my will, no

    "so what percentage of responsibility would you say you have for your own decisions in your own life?"
    repeat the question please?

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