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1 hour ago, Mentholdan said:

I was in LadbrokeS, Ticket and cash in hand for £50 on a 14-1 shot, The girl was staring into her phone smiling, obviously texting. She finally got round to taking the bet, put it through the machine and gave me the ticket and cash back and told me I was too late. Yes of course it won. I went ballistic, got barred for being rude. I phoned customer services, told them what happened and told them to check her phone and they would see her messaging would coincide with the race time. I never heard another thing about it, she still works there. 

Why didn’t you say something when waiting like:

“excuse me, would you mind doing what you’re effing paid to do and take my effing bet instead of looking at your effing phone? The effing race is due to go off in 30 effing seconds”

Feel for you that’s a brutal way not to win.

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On 7/6/2019 at 11:45 AM, mjl5656 said:

Run down shops

Poorly Maintenance of the FOBTS 

with Poor RTP 

Poor Customer Service

= Shop Closures 

On the shops, I was in a Ladbrokes yesterday and the unisex toilet was disgusting.

No seat, empty toilet rolls on the floor, betting slips all over the floor, bowl streaked and not cleaned and a stinking big brush sitting in a holder full to the brim with liquid. Made me think of the toilet in the original Trainspotting film, you know, “The worst toilet in Scotland” well this was a contender to take its crown 🤣.

I did think about taking some pictures and emailing them to Ladbrokes but I simply couldn’t be arsed.

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4 hours ago, TheKingInTheNorth said:

Scottish independent ScotBet goes into receivership closing 11 of 41 shops and blaming the £2 stake limit.

 

 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scotbet-blames-2-fobt-cap-for-shop-closures-q55c5nhbk

Am I the only one who thinks the change in leadership of the government will lead to fresh campaigns by the gambling lobby?

 

As for scotbet, I only think I've been in one in Edinburgh years ago, and it wasnt too shit, almost reminds me of the Corbett shops.

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2 hours ago, The crisp man said:

Am I the only one who thinks the change in leadership of the government will lead to fresh campaigns by the gambling lobby?

 

As for scotbet, I only think I've been in one in Edinburgh years ago, and it wasnt too shit, almost reminds me of the Corbett shops.

Yeah their shops are generally pretty poor, a throwback to the 90’s with some FOBT’S thrown in

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That's the problem with most bookies they want to take our money and don't give a shit or spend money on the décor or staff training 

I remember going in to a coral shop asked for placepot slip and was told by the young lad behind the counter never heard of it what is it I just walked out 

Staff have little or no knowledge and don't care most are too busy checking their phones 

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Fatcabs couldn’t agree more LADBROKES in my town the young staff don’t no what day it is 🤮🤮

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Noticed yesterday as I drove past that the Coral in a village up the road from me is shut, only bookie in village with several well frequented pubs close by.

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Would be interesting to see how many Scotbet shops existed before Blair the Warmonger relaxed the gambling laws, around 2004 I seem to remember.  I'm guessing they grew and only managed to exist due to FOBTs.

Wm Hill opened a second shop in my home town, Mansfield, about 18 months ago knowing full well that the FOBT laws would be changing and, of course, it's closing.  So that's 5 bookies in Mansfield town centre being reduced to 3 following the Betfred closure.  I'm bereft and may have to go for counselling, ha not.  Perhaps the utterly useless Gamcare could open a section for bookies employees being made redundant.  Not nice I'm sure but I don't think Blair is losing any sleep. 

 

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Streatham high road today. Somethings gotta go sooner or later. Or is it pride that keeps them both open??? 

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Where I live has 3 Ladbrokes.2 Hills and 2 Betfred all within a mile.

I worked in one of them but left before they reduced the stakes so can't say how much it has dented their coffers.

One of the Hills is closing in Sep and one of the Ladbrokes in Jan. 

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Some of the city centre’s are ridiculous. Glasgow is a prime example, in and around central station there is over a dozen shops in the block that surrounds the station.

oddly though Edinburgh city centre is not so blighted. Along the length between Waverley Station and Haymarket Station (about 1.5mile) there’s about 5 and that is literally the city centre and there are none on Princes Street (3 on Rose St behind).

I guess it depends on the council attitude as well, CEC have always been stringent issuing licences like when the company who are now Genting wanted to open a new casino, this was fine but they had to shut one of their other premises in the city to get the license for the new venue. 

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Yeah I agree , I live in Glasgow really overpopulated with bookies.

City centre as mentioned is ridiculous and some open at 7.30am

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20 hours ago, Mentholdan said:

Streatham high road today. Somethings gotta go sooner or later. Or is it pride that keeps them both open??? 

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I'd always choose a hills over. A shitfred shop

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Went down the far end of town for the first time in ages earlier this week and noticed one of the Ladbrokes shops has closed leaving only 3 in Chester now.

 

Would always be the one to go. City centre store closing at 7pm on a Saturday even before the stake limit reduction ruling neverind its implementation!

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