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Gift Voucher

BunksBunks Australia Veteran

Hi all

I have a first world problem I need help with.

My work very kindly has given me a $500 voucher at Crown Casino.

I don't want it so plan on giving it to someone else.

The thing is, when my work say "Hey, how was your accommodation / food at Crown?" what does one say?

I don't want them to think I am not grateful as it was a lovely gesture and I was really touched.

Comments

  • vinlynvinlyn Colorado...for now Veteran

    I'd say it was Buddhist problem, too. Precept # 4.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Correct @vinlyn

  • vinlynvinlyn Colorado...for now Veteran

    But then again, how was it given? Was it given only for your use? Or was it a flat out gift, in which I would say it is your privilege to do as you wish with it? Was the gift conditional?

  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    I'd say use it yourself, for the Buddhist adventure - it's unavoidable anyway - you are a Buddhist or Buddhist-leaning. You might find someone to meditate for. Just a way of meeting others. In casual conversation with someone, you might plant the wonderful seed of Buddhism in their heart and mind. You could also use any earnings to donate to something Buddhist related in your neck of the woods.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @silver said:
    I'd say use it yourself, for the Buddhist adventure - it's unavoidable anyway - you are a Buddhist or Buddhist-leaning. You might find someone to meditate for. Just a way of meeting others. In casual conversation with someone, you might plant the wonderful seed of Buddhism in their heart and mind. You could also use any earnings to donate to something Buddhist related in your neck of the woods.

    I understand @silver but I just have absolutely no desire to visit a casino. I'd rather give it to someone who'll appreciate it.

    silverdhammachickHozanVastmind
  • HozanHozan Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    No, not conditional. However I'm sure they'll assume I'll use it.

    Having said that, I have decided to give it to my ex-wife's best friend who has been going through a particularly hard time lately. Her and my ex can have a girl's night and stay there.

    I think I'm comfortable telling my work that.

    Very thoughtful of you @Bunks . Good call.

  • dhammachickdhammachick crazy Aussie BUJU Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    No, not conditional. However I'm sure they'll assume I'll use it.

    Having said that, I have decided to give it to my ex-wife's best friend who has been going through a particularly hard time lately. Her and my ex can have a girl's night and stay there.

    I think I'm comfortable telling my work that.

    Good call @Bunks 👌👌

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    You done good :) I don't like casinos, either. When we travel with my inlaws, that is where they always stay. We avoid the casino floor and take the kids to the pools and such but it still feels just...off. They just feel entirely unskillful to me. Not that gambling always is of course, but the number of people who sit there for hours and hours drinking, smoking, and putting hundreds of dollars into the machines. Ick.

    HozanVastmind
  • vinlynvinlyn Colorado...for now Veteran

    @karasti said:
    You done good :) I don't like casinos, either. When we travel with my inlaws, that is where they always stay. We avoid the casino floor and take the kids to the pools and such but it still feels just...off. They just feel entirely unskillful to me. Not that gambling always is of course, but the number of people who sit there for hours and hours drinking, smoking, and putting hundreds of dollars into the machines. Ick.

    I feel the same way, Karasti. The one gambling I used to allow myself was one or two visits to Jai Alai when I used to visit my mother in Florida. I would put a certain amount of money in my pocket, and that was my limit...and I saw that as entertainment, not as gambling per se. But what bothered me was watching the people who were going up to the betting windows. Far too many were people who were pretty clearly just scraping by, probably having trouble meeting the rent and buying sufficient groceries...but they would gamble away money at Jai Alai. I found that part of the experience quite sad.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran
    edited July 26

    @vinlyn yes, it is sad. It is not the vibe of a happy, fun place. Desperation and people hiding from/avoiding their lives. Many of them trying to recoup what they've already lost or hoping for that magic giant win that will set their lives right. On the very rare occasion my husband and I stop in, we each bring $20 and spend it on the nickle machines, lol. Of the maybe 5 times we've gone since we got married 9 years ago, I think I won $60. Which means the other 4 times I lost $80. You never come out ahead in the long run. Watching the amount of money people go through is just astounding to me. Giving it away, basically, with no good coming of it. I always wonder how many of them are gambling addicts. It seems like a lot.

  • vinlynvinlyn Colorado...for now Veteran

    @karasti said:
    @vinlyn yes, it is sad. It is not the vibe of a happy, fun place. Desperation and people hiding from/avoiding their lives. Many of them trying to recoup what they've already lost or hoping for that magic giant win that will set their lives right. On the very rare occasion my husband and I stop in, we each bring $20 and spend it on the nickle machines, lol. Of the maybe 5 times we've gone since we got married 9 years ago, I think I won $60. Which means the other 4 times I lost $80. You never come out ahead in the long run. Watching the amount of money people go through is just astounding to me. Giving it away, basically, with no good coming of it. I always wonder how many of them are gambling addicts. It seems like a lot.

    My father was actually a fairly successful gambler. He did the casinos and horse and dog racing, and kept track of his winnings and losings, and roughly broke even, and saw it as entertainment.

    Other than jai alai, my only gambling foray was when I stayed overnight in the gambling meccas of Winnemucca, Nevada (well, hardly a mecca, but it did have a few casinos). I went in and got $10 worth of quarters for the slots, put the first quarter in, pulled the handle, and the lights started flashing, bells rang, and a siren sounded. The "hostess" came over and asked, "Are you all right?" "Yes, why?" "Well, most people when they win are dancing and screaming." "How much did I win?" "$500!". I cashed in after that one arm pull and left. That's smart gambling.

    Bunks
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