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Ohio Internet cafe workers seek to save their jobs



Published: Mon, December 10, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Owners and employees of Ohio Internet cafe storefront gambling operations say forcing them out of business could cost 4,000 jobs or more.

Internet cafe backers rallied today in Cleveland carrying placards reading “Please save our jobs” and “All I want for Christmas is my job.”

Last week the Ohio House approved a proposal that amounts to a virtual ban on Internet cafes. An Ohio Senate committee takes up the bill Tuesday.

Internet cafe operator Bryan Sanshuck says it would be terrible if lawmakers enact a ban and put people out of work before the holidays.

Opponents say the computer games that operate like slot machines with cash prizes amount to illegal gambling. Operators say they sell legitimate products like phone cards with a chance to win a prize.


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1Crimson1012(61 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

there are a few of these seedy places in my town and it looks like each of them have one worker, who I am guessing is a manager or owner... They are making it sound like they employ a huge workforce... I am going to become a bookmaker and when the law comes to give me trouble, I will ask the general public to help save my job... Give me a break... I hope they get shut down... They are an eyesore that gobble the income of the elderly as far as I am concerned...

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