Wednesday, August 8, 2012
I fucking hate you. I hate your cheery music through the phone, tinkling behind a lie. I hate the tick-tick-tick of your computerised spin. I hate your lights, pretty colours and cheesy themes. I hate one-centers, five-centres and most of all jackpot links. I hate your hypnotic pull. I hate your tall stools and the sticky floor at your feet. I hate your hungry belly, gorging on a mortgage, two mortgages, countless dollars. I hate the trance you put on the zombies around you. I hate your credit card slots. I hate your smoking area. I hate the hole you made in my family. I hate that we stare at each other, waiting for something to happen. I hate hiding good fortune. I hate the lies and the sneaking and the shame and the guilt and the desperation that you have brought to our lives, that wasn't there before. I hate the magic tricks done with jewellery. I hate the guilt-gifts following a big win. I hate the darkness of a losing streak.
Dear Clubs and Pokie-owning Companies,
I hate you. I hate your incentive points, your VIP lounges, your car giveaways. I hate your free fucking nuts and coffee. I hate your cinema with attendants who don't mind the unattended children. I hate your conveniently located ATMs. I hate your name on my bank statement from days I was at school. I hate your ads showing happy, carefree folk. I hate your community fucking spirit and sporting donations. I hate your courtesy bus and your many disabled parking spaces. I hate your two-dollar roast lunch on Wednesdays. I hate your fancy renovations masquerading as making more room for pokies. I hate your disappearing family-friendly areas. I will not eat in your bistro or drink at your bar, no matter how many sprinkles you put on the free ice cream with kid's meals. I will not shop at your supermarket, no matter how many books you buy for my son's school. You have already taken more than your share from me.
Dear Tim Freedman,
I wish I could, too.
I love you. I know your strength, and I believe in you. Please stop.
Dear anyone struggling with gambling,
Your people love you. Please get help.