Paul Scott, a problem gambler from Birmingham reportedly is the center of the investigation. Mr. Scott claims that he twice took out payday loans from a Ladbrokes retail location in front of the company's staff. Even worse, Scott claims that the employees even ran his debit cards to ensure that funds had been transferred, as to allow him to continue gambling.
Speaking to The Guardian Newspaper Scott said, "Twice, in the space of half an hour, I took a payday loan to keep playing. I borrowed the maximum I could, about £200, and lost that within 15 minutes. I didn't want to leave because I was sure the machine would pay out soon. All compulsive gamblers think that. So I got a payday loan and it was in my account within 15 minutes. I was checking with the staff to see whether it was in my account yet."
Mr. Scott has reportedly produced bank statements corroborating his story, which shows the loans and the transactions taking place at Ladbrokes. In the UK there are regulations that are supposed to curtail this type of activity by stopping transactions that may be as a result of problem gambling. For their part, Ladbrokes claims that they're investigating the incident and will take appropriate steps if needed.
The case comes after online betting group 888 was issued a huge fine for failing to protect problem gamblers from betting on their website. Needless to say, the Gambling Commission takes issues like this seriously, and if found liable, Ladbrokes could be facing a huge fine for their actions.
Source: The Guardian
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