Pitt County Business Writes Letter To Governor Pleading To Reconsider Gaming Ban

The reality of a law banning internet sweepstakes cafes come December is beginning to hit home for one cafe in the east.

J & K Cyber Cafe's owners say they recently laid 3 people off and say they've cut the other 9 employee's hours from full-time to part-time to prepare for the ban.

They say they want Governor Beverly Perdue to reconsider the ban because the cafes contribute a lot of money to the state's economy through jobs, rent, utilities and license fees which is why they're sending a letter to the Governor asking her to reverse her decision.

Governor Perdue's press office says she hasn't read the letter yet, but says she's received multiple letters on both sides of the issue.

It says the Governor believes people involved in internet sweepstakes have circumvented laws against them before, and will probably do so again, which is why she'd consider signing a law to regulate the industry and bring it out into the open.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 6, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    Jacobi, it would be very interesting to see if somewhere like Greenville, Raleigh, or Wilmington ended up getting a nice casino. If Greenville had one, think about how much bigger Greenville would be, let alone ECU and Pitt Community. I think it would be better off economically. This internet cafe stuff is not generating any revenue for North Carolina hardly at all. If you are going to have gambling, Casinos are the way to go. I agree with Jacobi.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Aug 6, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    Legalize it, regulate it, tax it.
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Aug 6, 2010 at 01:47 AM
    Apparently, they haven't paid her yet. If you want action from the government like this, you've got to pay in advance. Don't forget, the way to have good government is large sums of money properly applied. And we've got the best government money can buy.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2010 at 09:01 PM
    I agree, I hope you saved the gross profits you made off of the sweat of weak people who are addicted to gambling!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    I guess these people haven't realized politicians care nothing for the peons that have to live under the ridiculous laws they make. By peons , I mean the American citizens.
  • by Chris on Aug 5, 2010 at 08:09 PM
    The state will not legalize those sweepstakes machines anyway, it takes away from their lottery sales, why get a piece of the pie when you can have it all. its ok for low income people that are either on assistance or welfare everywhat, to take money they get and spend it on the lottery, but dont let a business get it, I dont think either of them should be going on , unless you are going to legalize gambling all together.that cant monitor these places like they want to, and the accountablity is impossible, so they know that all the income wont be reported to the state so they will be losing big money
  • by Jacobi Location: greenville on Aug 5, 2010 at 06:33 PM
    Get over it people, gambling is illegal. Find a new career. Otherwise we need Casinos not this little internet cafe junk! If gambling is gonna be legalized it should go big. G VEGAS! Purdue has no soft heart so you better get a new job lined up!
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