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5. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 27, 2013, 03:54 jdreyer
Yeah, that article is strange. First line is:

Having solved all of the state's other problems, the Ohio legislature has passed a bill outlawing that most foul of societal ills: the internet café.

Which makes it seem like the gov't is trying to address a non-issue. But later in the article:

It's true that Ohio's internet cafés sell internet access and phone minutes. But according to DeWine, Hughes, and other proponents of House Bill 7, that's not what keeps their customers coming back.

What frequent internet café patrons really want, the bill's sponsors say, is the chance to play computer "sweepstakes games," which the cafés allow for free with every purchase. These games typically resemble slot machines and offer players the chance to win cash prizes, which DeWine says essentially makes the cafés unlicensed casinos.

Some patrons certainly treat them like casinos. In studies, internet café customers were found to have purchased massive amounts of phone time – enough to allow them to talk for 24 hours per day for months – just so they could keep playing the sweepstakes games.

So there was an actual problem affecting actual people that needed to be addressed. But you wouldn't know that from the article title or first sentence. Frustrating.
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4. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 26, 2013, 19:15 Nuhauser
You can still check email, surf the internet, or play World of Warcraft, the only restriction is you can't win more than 10$ playing games. At least, that's what I get from the article. First I've heard of a cyber cafe being used as a casino, which is something I certainly wouldn't want.  
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3. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 26, 2013, 15:52 LittleMe
Comment by LaeMing is full of win

'swindling their poor, elderly, and vulnerable slot players' is the exclusive monopoly of the state and its licensees.

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2. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 26, 2013, 14:00 Cutter
So rather than enforce compliance and make them apply for gaming licenses or not do what they're doing they just shut them down? But...but...but...I thought the GOP were the friends of the working man.

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1. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs May 26, 2013, 10:05 PHJF
Awful convenient the massive push against cafes following the opening of a bunch of casinos here in Ohio. Truth be told I haven't noticed such an alarming concentration of them as I noticed while in North Carolina: in NC one cannot piss with hitting both a Subway and a "sweepstakes" parlour.  
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