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This week a manager of a gambling operation in New Zealand was charged with allowing a problem gambler to wager at his premises.
The man was charged under the Gambling Act, which stipulates that employees are required to try and identify problem betting and offer to help. The employee reportedly didn't intervene when an addicted gambler was betting, even though he noticed the activity. If he is found guilty, the employee could receive a fine of up to $5,000 and will have a criminal record, which would bar him from working in a gambling business.
Speaking about the case Department of Internal Affairs Gambling Group Director Chris Thornborough said, "Venues have a legal responsibility to look after their gambling patrons, just like they do when serving alcohol."
"We will not back away from prosecuting in cases where we have evidence to suggest that staff in gambling venues have failed to take all of the reasonable steps necessary to identify and look after problem gamblers. We will not stand by and watch as venues ignore patrons showing signs of problem gambling."
"Everyone working in gambling venues across New Zealand needs to take their harm minimisation role seriously."