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His Wife and Child Left Him…He’d Placed His Own Teaching Certificate as a “Wager” and Still Betted

In need of serious treatment for a GAMBLING problem here, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

The male P.E. teacher from Jinghua Middle School had gotten so deep in the game, “Bingo-Bingo” he’d owed over four million dollars, last year, he’d placed another bet at the lottery stores, and didn’t pay, and received a delayed jail sentence, his wife took his kids and left him; yesterday, he’d done the same, placed bets of over $40,000N.T at two separate shops, and told the shops that they could have his teaching identification card to keep, claimed that he’s going to get the money for the bets, and ran off, the shops called the police and he was caught.

The forty-one year old teacher Chang four years ago became addicted to the game, “Bingo-Bingo”, and ever since, he’d gone down the dark paths, asked money from his friends and loan sharks to place his bets, and as he was arrested, there was only $100N.T. left inside his wallet; he said with regrets, that he couldn’t defeat the desires to gamble, “maybe I should just CHOP my own fingers off!”

Yesterday Chang went to a lotto shop on Zhongxiao E. Road, asked to get nineteen bets (each one worth $1,250 N.T.), totaling to $23,750N.T.s, and, he’d lost everything.  As the shop asked for him to pay, he’d asked for another game, the shop insisted that he paid them first; he’d told them, that he didn’t have that much on him, and gave them his cell phone number, his teacher’s certificate, along with his driver’s license, claimed that he’s getting more money, and, never returned to the shop again, the shop called him, he’d turned off his cell.

Chang later went to place his bets at another shop, as he was half way done, the shop asked him to pay, he’d told them, “I don’t have the money!”, the shop quickly stopped his bets, but, part of the bets he’d placed were final, and he’d placed eighteen separate bets, totaling up to over $22,000N.T., he’d begged to pay them back at a later date, the shop called the police.

The police arrested him, and booked him based off of fraud; he’d claimed, that he’d betted, to pay off his debts, that he will pay up.  The police found, that this, was NOT the first time that Chang had done this, last year, he’d gone to four separate shops, and owed $40,000N.T., and was sentenced to the jail term of six months, which he was supposed to serve two years later.

Chang said, that at the beginning, it was only for fun, for a few hundred bucks, and then, it’d gotten bigger and bigger, the most he’d betted was $400,000N.T. a time, and because he’d lost, he felt unfair, and he needed to take care of his two elementary aged daughters, “I wanted to get my losses back all at once!”, without knowing, that he’d gotten into the vicious cycle, kept borrowing money to gamble, and now, he’d owed over four million dollars.

He said, his wife already turned cold from trying to get through to him unsuccessfully, last year, she’d divorced him, and took the kids, he worried about how he’ll pay back the money owed, he couldn’t focus on teaching his classes; he knew, that he didn’t have a dime left, and still, he’d wanted to place the bets, “I’d secretly hoped that I’d win big!”.  He said, that last time he was caught, he got a big reprimand from the school, that this time, he might lose his teaching post at the school.

The police told him, that he is able-bodied, and should work hard, to “not ruin your own life!”, and even though, he’d told them, “I understood!”, that he wouldn’t keep going, and he’d used his cell phone, to take out money from the loan sharks, and the police couldn’t do anything to help him.

And this man had gotten drawn in, by the gambler’s fallacy, thinking that the next time he’ll finally win back all he’d lost, and, yet, he kept on this losing streak, until he’d lost his pants, and he still wanted to gamble, and, it may take this LOSER to lose HIS life to finally realize, and by then, it would be too late because he’d be D-E-A-D!!!

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The Age of Gamblers Keep on Getting Reduced, as More and More Gamblers Surfaced

This, is really bad for the societies, translated…
“Would my story get printed on the papers?”, this, was the words of a once gambler but now, a volunteer advocate against gambling, Lin had said, the roots of the gambling is set forever, and more people who knew about him, the less likely he’s dared to go into the gambling ring again, every time he’d shared his stories, he’s paving the way to quitting his habits, so he could walk longer.
When he was younger, Lin was a compulsive gambler, it doesn’t matter if he won or lost, he just wanted to hear the pull of the machines, until after he’d owed the loan sharks, he had NOWHERE left to turn, his wife took him to the biggest gambler anonymous center, “One Look Center”, to get him some help.
Lin had thought that the center was going to lend him the money to pay his debt, but, his expectation was shattered, One Look Center taught his family to stay by his side, to NOT abandon him, what’s more importantly, to NEVER lend him their money—to NOT give him the money so he could pay up his gambling debt.
“When I paid back my first debt, it was only a little over one hundred dollars, my heart wrenched until………”, Lin said, in a muffled voice, until then, did he realize how hard it was, for his family to pay back the over 600,000 (roughly $14,000,000N.T.s) Singapore dollars that he owned.
After his debts are all paid up, he became a volunteer with the One Look Center. He observed, that after a casino was set up in Singapore, there had been a crowd of people who rushed in to get help, and the age of those individuals are on the decline, there are parents who dragged their children in to quit cold turkey too.
Other than that, more and more government officials such as police officers, people in the army had asked for assistance, although they have a steady source of income, they’re ALL looking at a quick-to-get-rich scheme and ended up getting drawn into the temptation that gambling has to offer, and couldn’t’ get out.
And, this, is how the trend goes, because we’re ALL looking to get rich quickly, without REALIZING that the faster it comes, the quicker it goes, because that, is simply H-O-W it works, there is NO easy way to getting rich, you must work H-A-R-D, so, stop gambling, because you’d end up with less than you came, and, you’d end up owing a LOT more than you should too.

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