A hotel will remove all pokies machines after a young mother shockingly left her baby alone at the entrance of the venue while she gambled inside.
Hotel owner Glen Dick took to social media to explain the confronting moment he found the abandoned baby outside the Rawene Masonic Hotel in New Zealand’s north.
Mr Dick told Daily Mail Australia, ‘I could not believe what had happen and was stunned. I mentioned it to my partner Lana and it was from there our decision was made to turn off the pokies.’
‘This is a true story that has been a major influence on our decision which occurred at our hotel that I had to deal with,’ Mr Dick said on Saturday.
Hotel owner Glen Dick (right) and his partner Lana Marie Turnbull (left) took to social to declare their venue will no longer be a gaming venue
(File photo) A hotel has removed all pokies machines after a young mother left her baby alone at the entrance of the venue while she gambled inside
Pokie statistics in NZ
- Gaming machine proceeds in the country rose 2.5 per cent from $866.1 million to $888.1 million in the last year
- 15,490 gaming machines in NZ
- Pokies machines in venues have decreased by 523 over the last year
- Number of gaming venues also dropped in the last year by 50 to 1146
Source: Department of Internal Affairs
Last week a young woman walked into the hotel in the early afternoon and asked to get $20 out by eftpos before going into the gaming room.
Two minutes later, the hotel owner said he heard a baby crying and was shocked to find the toddler in its carrier just outside the venue’s entrance.
Mr Dick then approached the young mother who was playing pokies and asked her to leave.
He then proceeded to push the ‘collect’ button and told her to get out after she said ‘Oh but I still have money in the machine.’
Rawene Masonic Hotel (pictured) will no longer a a gaming venue after a young gambling-addicted mother abandoned her child while she played pokies
(File photo) Hotel owner Glen Dick said he found a baby sitting in it’s carrier after he heard crying coming from outside the venue’s entrance
Mr Dick hopes that removing the machines can help fix the wider problem of gambling addiction especially among low-income earners in the region.
‘If these gaming machines can influence people to this kind of behaviour, then we want nothing to do with it,’ Mr Dick said.
Mr Dick told Daily Mail Australia the woman has returned since but left after finding out the gaming machines have been turned off.
Glen Dick took to social media (pictured) saying ‘Effective immediately we will no longer be a gaming venue’
The Rawene Masonic Hotel is no longer a gaming venue and will be removing their pokies machines by Friday.
The hotel is part of the Far North District in New Zealand’s North Island.
New statistics reveal the district made more than 3.5 million from gaming machines from January to March this year.
Gaming machine proceeds in the country rose 2.5 per cent from $866.1 million to $888.1 million in the last year, according to figures from NZ Department of Internal Affairs.
While there are 15,490 gaming machines currently registered the number of these machines in venues have decreased by 523 over the last year.
The number of gaming venues over the last 12 months has also dropped by 50 to 1146.