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THOUSANDS OF BINGO FANS RALLY TO SAVE FAT LADIES LINGO
Politically Correctness Gone Crazy Could Change The Way Calls Are Made in England

UNITED KINGDOM – Thousands of bingo fans are rallying to fight a plan to rid England of bingo lingo that some of the more politically correct Europeans consider sexist.

By mid December, almost 3,000 bingo lovers had already signed a petition to protect the tradition of calling the number 88 “two fat ladies” at an online bingo club. Website owner Rob Hutchison said he hopes to rally 10,000 supporters online and then send a petition to the European Parliament.

It’s all about bingo terminology. Industry rumors in the United Kingdom circulated that some politically correct Europeans were trying to purge everyday terminology that was gender related such as right hand man, gentlemen’s agreement – and of particular concern to bingo players the cry of two fat ladies when the number 88 is drawn.

The number ‘88’ earned the nickname because it looks like two plump women standing side by side. Rob fears other bingo terms could also come under threat with terms such as legs eleven coming under fire for being sexist.

“The call of ‘two fat ladies’ in bingo is part of our vernacular and our heritage,” Hutchison said. “It’s worth sticking up for, before we get some diktat from Brussels saying it’s derogatory to overweight customers. At the end of the day, fat is fat. We’re living in a PC world these days, and I don’t mean the computer store.”

He added: “I’m sure any ladies of larger size who go to bingo don’t find it insulting, but take it in the affectionate spirit in which it’s meant. What’s the alternative: ’two generously proportioned people of either gender?’ It’s not very snappy. So this is a pre-emptive strike. Hopefully, if the forces of PC descend on our bingo halls, we’ll be able to say that the number in favor is far greater than the number complaining, and we have the votes to prove it.”

If any complaints are upheld, other calls could come under fire. Potentially also risque are 33 – Dirty Knees (sexual connotations) Legs 11 (encourages men to wolf whistle) and 80 – Gandhi’s Breakfast, which was named after an imaginary aerial view of Gandhi, sitting with legs crossed, in front of an empty plate: disrespectful to those going hungry in the developing world

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CITY MAY TURN MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM INTO BINGO HALL
Homeowners Object That Gambling Would Be To Close to Homes

CHICKASAW, ALABAMA --  Homeowners in Chickasaw, Alabama, are protesting city plans to turn the town’s municipal auditorium into a bingo hall with 200 bingo machines inside it.

The District Attorney and the state’s governor both say that electronic bingo violates state law even though the city council voted in July to allow it. The Alabama Supreme Court recently approved  a six-point test to determine the legality of bingo machines, which Chickasaw officials said gives e-bingo an opening.

City officials say the bingo machines would help the burgeoning city budget which now stands at $3.5 million. The auditorium costs the city about $19,000 a year. Current activities would continue at the civic center and a new recreation center would be built with bingo proceeds.

The city council says that electronic bingo could double the city’s revenues and would help bring businesses back to the city.

GLOBAL RECESSION HITS HARD AT ONLINE BINGO

Online bingo rooms have been hit hard by the global recession and some have even had to shut their doors to online members. Chief among those hit hardest was Interactive Playnet, which powered games such as Rainbow Bingo, Exotic Bingo, Fun Bingo, Comedy Bingo and a few others. It has now ceased operations.

To those in the industry the closing is no surprise. New industry players spent millions of dollars trying to lure new customers at a time when the pocketbooks of bingo players are not nearly as big as they were a few years ago.

However, players do have other opportunities. Just click on any of the banners on this and other pages on www.winbigatbingo.com and you can find great bingo rooms in which to play to your heart’s content.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA BINGO HALLS AT WAR OVER SMOKING

Two bingo halls are involved in a feud over claims that each is violating a ban on smoking. The owners of Mr. Bingo and Carolina Gold Bingo have hired lawyers and private investigators amid claims that the bingo halls are allowing smoking to increase their business.
Under local laws those breaking the smoking ban are liable to a fine of $25.

 

WOMAN STOLE $100,000 FROM CHARITY TO FEED BINGO HABIT

WILKES-BARRE, PA – A woman has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the charity where she worked so she could play bingo.

The woman had been a bookkeeper for the charity which funded social services for people with cerebal palsy for ten years and may have stolen as much as $120,000. She said she played bingo at least five times a week and had taken between $300 and $1000 at a time.