Ladbrokes Employee Stole £9,000 from His Shop

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This week a man addicted to gambling that was employed at Ladbrokes was given community service after he stole £9,000 from the company in the form of credit.

31-year-old Mustafa Khader worked at a Ladbrokes retail shop, but didn't reveal himself as an addict to the company. He'd excluded himself from betting stores, having been a compulsive gambler for 12 years prior. He found himself drawn to fixed-odds betting terminals, having given himself £9,000 credit that he wasn't supposed to have. He then called in sick the next day, bolting and never returning to work.

In court the judge overseeing the case was sympathetic to Khader, saying that the case was "Akin an alcoholic working in a brewery." He also derided gambling companies, who said that checks for addiction needed to be a part of the employment screening process.

The defendant was given 200 hours community service and 30 hours of court-ordered gambling rehab, but avoided a jail sentence.

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
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29 February 2020 - 2:16pm

"Akin an alcoholic working in a brewery."

Yeah, quite accurate comparison that I think...that's why I don't work in brewery as well😉

But surely it's not just the employee fault in this case for hiding his gambling addiction but also the employer for not doing a quick research of the background of the people they've been hiring cause the truth about this guy GA-n would of be discovered pretty quickly I guess.

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3 March 2020 - 12:17am

I am dumbfounded at how incredibly negligent Ladbrokes are in this case.


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