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All Work and No Play?

Dear Aunt Bingo:

It was good to see someone write to you about being a Bingo worker who also is a Bingo player and the grief he gets from some players who think he somehow cheats whenever he wins (July 2018 issue).

I have had similar experiences as the spouse of a Bingo worker, especially when I play Bingo where my husband volunteers. It is so crazy—getting dirty looks from certain people almost as soon as I walk in the door, like I’m a criminal. And Lord forbid, I should sit at a table with other family members or friends of volunteers. There always seems to be that handful of players who spend as much time glaring at us as they do looking at their cards.

To be fair, it is just a very small number of players who act like this and it doesn’t happen all the time. Most folks pay us little or no attention and just go about playing their Bingo. (Thank goodness.) But it only takes a handful of people to spoil Bingo in this way, when they should know perfectly well that there is nothing fishy going on.

Peg J., Ohio

 

Dear Aunt Bingo:

Like the gentleman who wrote to you about being made to feel like he has some sort of inside cheating scam going on, I, too, have been singled out by people who think that I should not be allowed to play Bingo because I am sometimes a Bingo worker.

One woman went so far as to call for the Bingo coordinator between sessions and complain about workers playing Bingo. (She did not single me out or point at me or anything, but I knew I was the reason she was upset.)

The coordinator explained that there is no policy against it and that there is certainly no advantage for someone who is not working that night and is playing Bingo instead. But the lady kept insisting that it was wrong and said she was going to call the gaming inspector about it.

After that, I wished I was anywhere but at Bingo and actually began to worry that I might get a Bingo. Can you imagine? Being at Bingo and hoping NOT to win?

As it happens, I didn’t Bingo and was very happy to have the evening over and to be heading home.

But I simply cannot understand why a player would be so against a worker also wanting to play Bingo. There is no advantage for us, and we pay to play on the exact same paper as everyone else.

I do not get it.

BDG, via email

 

Dear Peg and BDG:

To date, we have only received letters like yours from Bingo workers who are also Bingo players and who have been looked upon suspiciously by regular Bingo players.

I am hoping that a few folks will write in and explain why they think workers should not be players, because right now all I can assume is that these are generally angry people out there who are always on the lookout for something else to be angry about, and a Bingo hall is as good a place as any to stir up a little drama.

It would also be interesting to know if there are Bingo halls that prohibit their workers from playing.

Finally, my one bit of advice would be that to keep the peace, if I was a Bingo volunteer/worker who also enjoyed playing the game, I would probably steer clear of the Bingo hall where I worked and play at another hall. The point is: you want to play Bingo. What difference does it make to you where you play?
—Aunt Bingo   



Share 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 columns.

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