The limits of self-regulation

In Erie, Pennsylvania, a 55-year-old man, apparently with a gambling problem, is facing charges of violating his self-imposed ban on gambling. In Pennsylvania, the law allows people to “ban” themselves from casinos. They can ban themselves for one year, five years, or life. If they’re caught — usually by cashing a winnings check — they can be charged with trespassing.

The man went to a casino and won over $2,000 before he caught himself. He’ll be giving the money back.

Here’s more information on the program.

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