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WIBU to object to a bookies?

(22 Posts)
greengoblinofgoo Mon 17-Feb-14 16:39:23

We live in a small town, population 2-3000 and a major bookmaker has put in an application to open up in a fairly sizeable prime unit. You couldn't avoid seeing it or going past it every single day. I know I hate the idea but am I just being a snob?

MostlyMama Mon 17-Feb-14 16:40:09

yabu no one forcing u to go

Most towns have a bookie - what's wrong with them?!

LaGuardia Mon 17-Feb-14 16:43:30

Object when the get the lap dancers in on Grand National Day wink

Bunbaker Mon 17-Feb-14 16:44:17

I'm surprised there is still a market for one these days. I thought most people placed their bets online.

It wouldn't bother me BTW.

Ballsballsballs Mon 17-Feb-14 16:44:24

YANBU at all.

I live in a larger town and you can't walk ten feet without being near a bookies. It's a bloody infesttion.

greengoblinofgoo Mon 17-Feb-14 17:10:39

Lap dancers? Noooo! smile

Yes, I'm surprised there's a market for it as well, esp in such a small town.

I don't object to bookies as a concept - just that this site is so central to the town it will practically be a focal point, IYSWIM. If it were smaller, or in a less central area I'd be less hmm about it. Also I live just a few doors down. Nimby much?

Balls yes, I've been reading about how they 'cluster'. Can't imagine that happening here as it's so small but you never know.

AngelaDaviesHair Mon 17-Feb-14 17:14:23

I object to a bookies as a concept. A great big repository of human misery and a predation on the poor and gullible. They add nothing to society. We are far too relaxed about betting in this country and I wish it would change. (Can you tell I'm from a Methodist background?)

RunRunRuby Mon 17-Feb-14 17:29:20

I'd definitely object, having lived above one for a while.

jacks365 Mon 17-Feb-14 17:29:23

Ours is right next to the only children's wear shop which doesn't bother me as such but it has an automatic door which is stupidly sensitive and opens if you just walk past. I hate the opening door.

DrewsWife Mon 17-Feb-14 17:33:44

I'm Salvation Army and against gambling. But it wouldn't object as it doesn't personally affect me. If people want to gamble it's their choice. My choice is to walk past and not use it.

I don't drink either but I do go to the pub for a ginger beer.

What I am saying is that it's not for you.. But your tastes should not influence others... On saying that.. It's what I am doing now isn't it!! grin

greengoblinofgoo Mon 17-Feb-14 17:36:12

Angela yes actually I do agree with that to an extent. I wish they weren't there for those reasons too. However I do accept people have the right to pass their time and spend their money as they like. Having said that, I doubt they're still used as they once were - a meeting point for men, a talking shop. The idea of them being sociable or enjoyable places seems so outdated now. Hard to see what they contribute to society.

This is helping me get my thoughts in order btw - thanks.

greengoblinofgoo Mon 17-Feb-14 17:37:33

RunRunRuby what's it like living above one?

DrewsWife Well, I did ask! grin

HellomynameisIcklePickle Mon 17-Feb-14 17:41:30

I would object, it's just preying on the poor and vulnerable

Viviennemary Mon 17-Feb-14 17:45:16

You would be right to object. Why encourage wasting money by gambling.

GoshAnneGorilla Mon 17-Feb-14 17:49:37

What Angela said.

It also seems the poorer the area, the more bookies there are. I also find the explosion in online gambling very, very worrying.

wonkylegs Mon 17-Feb-14 17:50:03

I object to them especially in prominent positions. Betting shops can cause real damage to communities. Gambling is highly addictive and betting shops with machines can be especially addictive, losing some users up to 300 a minute.
I was especially angry with Labour's move when in power to make it easier to promote gambling & open betting shops.

DrewsWife Mon 17-Feb-14 18:01:52

I do see the problem issues with gambling before anyone points it out to me. And the misery. Yes I do. But having lived with a gambler as a child who lost us our house due to debts I know that it doesn't matter where it is they will find a place to gamble.

Object by all means. grin Slapped my own hand there wink x

RunRunRuby Mon 17-Feb-14 18:21:57

greengoblin I didn't like it one bit. After a few weeks I could recognise all of the regulars. One in particular was often outside waiting for it to open when I set off for work and would still be there when I got back. At weekends when I was around during the day he seemed to spend most of the day in the shop, leaving to buy his lunch which he ate in there, or to have a beer and a cigarette in the flat doorway. I don't know if he went elsewhere during the day in the week.

Many of the patrons were frequently drunk and/or aggressive. I'm sure plenty of decent people also use the bookies but I also believe it brings out the worst in people. Most days there would be raised voices, swearing, threats, occasionally fights. It wasn't a pleasant environment.

Just to balance the drunken aggressive fighting blokes, my dad likes a gamble, always has done. He's a quiet, law abiding businessman who goes in, places his bets, stays for an hour or so to watch whatever football/racing etc he's interested in and then he wanders out again. I've been around betting offices since I was a kid and never seen a fight or raised voices in one.

YANBU at all, I wish I'd known they were opening one at the small parade of shops near me.
The parking as become atrocious, the only 2 disabled spaces are right outside the bookies, they're never free anyone and they're never occupied by someone displaying a blue badge. angry

Skivvywoman Mon 17-Feb-14 18:32:48

It wouldn't bother me but then I put a coupon on every Saturday and 9/10 times it's me that runs in to put them on

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