I have a
book of Bingo gift certificates from a big local Bingo center I have gone to
for many years.
husband and I retired, and we are moving away soon to make our vacation home
our permanent home. I took my book of certificates to the Bingo and asked to
cash them in because I would not have a chance to use them all before we left.
The people in charge said the certificates were not refundable, even though
they have a cash value printed right on them. Do you think this is right? Any
suggestions on what I should do about this?
Tina G., Connecticut
retailers who offer gift cards and gift certificates have a list of exclusions
that go along with them, and right at the top of the list is that the
cards/certificates cannot be redeemed for cash, but may only be used for the
purchase of goods and services. (I am actually quite surprised this isnít
printed somewhere in your certificated book!)
canít get cash back on them, you might consider spreading a little cheer by
gifting them to a family member or friend, selling them at a discount to
another player, or perhaps donating them to a charity (and possibly getting a
tax deduction for your gift).
thereís always the option of gathering together a few friends and
binge-Bingoing your way through them before you leave town. What a fun way to
begin retirement! óAunt Bingo
Dear Aunt Bingo:
if there are regulations that determine the age limit of people who play Bingo.
Specifically, I am talking about children in Bingo halls.
kids should not be allowed at Bingo for two reasons.
believe it is not good for them to be around gambling at such a young age. And
Bingo is gambling! We all know that there is a definite physical/mental
reaction when a player gets close to winning or wins. If kids are exposed to
this same physical experience, might it not lead to potential addiction down
reason is a little more selfish: I find it hard to concentrate on my Bingo when
there are young children sitting near me making noise and being bothersome.
If a parent
has not learned to control their kids, the last thing they should do is take
them to a public place like a Bingo hall and expect those kids to sit still for
hours on end while mom/dad plays. Kids want to be kids and sitting still in a
chair for a long time is not what kids want to do!
there should be a national law banning anyone below the age of 18 or even 21
from attending Bingo halls, casinos, racetracks and anywhere else gambling
letters on this topic regularly, and yours hits on the two key issues that come
up most: Should children be permitted in Bingo halls to play Bingo, and should
kids be allowed in Bingo halls because children tend to be fussy and noisy.
As a kid
who grew up playing Bingo, I found it a fun pastime that I continue to enjoy as
an adult. As such, I have no problem with young people being allowed in Bingo
halls to play. That said, I understand that many people do not agree with this,
and that some states have regulations that ban young people of various ages
from Bingo halls. I respect lawmakersí desire to have such regulations and
abide by whatever the law states.
Kids who are not playing Bingo and who are well behaved are certainly
welcome at my Bingo table. But the minute they start acting up they need to go.
you ever had an unforgettable Bingo-hall dining experience? Write to Aunt Bingo
at one of the addresses below and share what made it so memorable!
your views! Write to Aunt Bingo c/o the Bingo Bugle, P.O. Box 527,
Vashon, Washington 98070, or email her at STENGL456@aol.com. Be sure to
include your name and address (you can request that your name not be
published), as typically she will not include anonymous letters in her