A man had thrown a party at his house, and the evening had been enjoyable for all. Enjoyment peaked for one particular guest when they came into some serious money, but to their dismay, the man would not feel comfortable letting them leave with the cash.
The Vintage Slot Machine
The night was filled with laughter and fun as the party at the man’s house was in full swing. In the living room, a vintage slot machine from the 1940s stood proudly, a cherished antique with a unique history.
The Slot Machine’s History
The slot machine had once belonged to the man’s step-grandmother. Back in her youth, the woman had been a showgirl who had received it while dating a count room guy, before eventually meeting the man’s grandpa.
A Long-Unclaimed Jackpot
Over the years, the antique slot machine had entertained many guests, offering occasional small wins, perhaps a maximum of $50 at a time. However, the jackpot had remained untouched. “There was probably about $700 that had built up over the years”, the man guessed. “I’d never bothered to clean it out since it just seemed like a fun novelty.”
No Prior Consideration
To the man, the slot machine was simply a delightful novelty, a piece of family history. It had never occurred to them that someone might one day strike the jackpot.
The Unexpected Win
During the party, the man’s friend’s friend had an incredibly fortunate turn of luck and hit the long-dormant jackpot. The man was taken aback by the sudden turn of events. The friend who had won the jackpot seemed convinced that he was entitled to keep the substantial sum of money.
The Winner’s Defense
The jackpot winner eagerly argued his case for keeping his winnings. “His case was that he’d been playing with his own money – he should therefore keep his jackpot, and I would be entitled to keep his quarters”, the man recounted.
A Difference of Opinion
However, the man refused to accept this, and a heated argument ensued. “My argument was I’d be happy to give him his quarters back if he’d asked but I’m not a casino and while I’m not destitute, I can’t afford to give someone $700.”
A Friend’s Warning
Amidst the tension, one of the man’s closest friends stepped in to mediate. He warned the friend who had won the jackpot about the potential consequences if he attempted to leave with the money.
Threatening Legal Action
However, the jackpot winner was undeterred by the threat of consequences. In fact, he proposed his own warning, threatening to return with the police and take legal action in small claims court.
An Uncertain Outcome
Despite the threats, no law enforcement officers arrived at the scene, leaving the situation unresolved. The party ended, and the guests slowly left, leaving the man to ponder the events alone. He wondered what to do with the $700, and whether he had made the right decision in not allowing the true winner to keep the jackpot.
An Online Jury
Seeking a resolution to his internal conundrum, the man recounted the story on an online forum. He was hoping for validation, but he mainly received angry comments from disappointed readers. “I am assuming that you didn’t rack up the $700+ from other peoples’ money”, wrote one reader. “If you did, then you are running an illegal casino and you owe that guy the $700”.
A Dishonest Attitude
Many people criticized the man’s dishonesty and lack of integrity. “You left money in the machine knowing people might win some of it”, another commenter wrote. “You were perfectly fine letting people use it as though it were real and keeping their money if they didn’t win and let the jackpot build, and now that someone actually won you don’t want it to be real anymore.”
His Own Fault
Whilst some people took the man’s side, they still pointed out how stupid and naïve he had been. “Sure, you’re not a casino”, agreed one person. “That said, you should not have kept so much cash in there really as it’s kind of predictable that someone would feel possessive of the cash from a win.”
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