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Hi All,

 

Posting on behalf of a colleague.

 

Col, as we'll call him, was removed from a club for being over-intoxicated. Unable to contact the friends with whom he had gone, in a city away from home, he entered a casino, clearly worse for wear, and proceeded to use his debit card to gamble away £400.

 

He has no recollection of most of these events, only becoming clear after checking his statement.

 

He intends to ask his bank to make a chargeback to reclaim the funds (each transaction over £100) - however, I am concerned that by doing so this might be considered fraud (if the bank even reimburses).

 

I'm tempted to advise that he chalks it up to experience, but he argues that he was clearly too drunk to consent to gamble, and the casino have taken advantage.

 

Thoughts?

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It would be too easy for anyone losing at a casino to claim they were to drunk to gamble responsibly.

Imo he's got to bite the bullet and forget about it.

How would he prove that he was drunk anyway?

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There have been a couple of cases recently where the court's sympathy has been on the side of the casino.

 

In particular this one, where the claimant failed to assert that the casino should have stopped her gambling.

http://www.bluffeurope.com/poker-news/en/Wife-of-Omani-Politician-Loses-London-Casino-Court-Case_14518.aspx

 

Even drunk, your friend could not have missed the neon signs above the door and misunderstood what the establishment was for. Clearly (to me) he needs to take responsibility for his own actions.

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if you friend used his debit card 4 times to gamble away £400 then surely he was with it enough to input his pin number...think he should chalk this up as an experience not to be repeated..sorry to say

I agree, and I doubt the bank will be prepared to assist in any way.

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