Lidl Removes Slot Machines From Finnish Stores

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German supermarket company Lidl has announced that they're removing slot machines from its Finnish grocery stores.

The move will see the slot machines, which are operated by Veikkaus, being pulled out. There are roughly 250 slot machines in the grocery stores, and the company is citing responsible gaming as a reason, as restricting access to slots in certain places seems like a socially responsible choice. Lidl is the first retail chain in Finland to take this step.

It's expected that pulling the machines will cost Lidl millions of Euros over the course of the years,

Commenting on the decision Lidl Finald CEO Nicholas Pennanen said, "For us, responsibility means deeds, not just speech or slogans. It is an indisputable fact that there are problems with gaming and that the slot machines in the shops have a role to play here. It is up to each retailer to decide for themselves on the machines and assess their chances of giving them up, but as a large company we can set an example and lead the way."

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19 April 2021 - 6:03pm

I've been to Lidl in my other countries not Finland and I had no idea they had slotmachines there, quite surprising. But a grocery store like Lidl is probably an odd choice to have slot machines in, in the first place.

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21 April 2021 - 1:19am

Yeah.. wow. Slots in supermarkets. Who would have thought?

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26 April 2021 - 10:51pm

It's expected that pulling the machines will cost Lidl millions of Euros over the course of the years,".

Oh no, Lidl could lose millions. This must be horrible news for Lidl founder and owner Dieter Schwarz ( 34Billion Dollar net worth,). Number 30 on Forbes Rich List.