Wives win casino case after men lose savings

15th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 December 2005, KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - Two women won their case against a German casino Thursday after their gambling-addict husbands had sneaked off to a gaming parlour and lost the family savings while playing on "fruit machines".

15 December 2005

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - Two women won their case against a German casino Thursday after their gambling-addict husbands had sneaked off to a gaming parlour and lost the family savings while playing on "fruit machines".

Germany's high court in Karlsruhe said the casino should have known that the two men, in a moment of clarity, had previously requested in writing that they be kicked out of the casino in the city of Dortmund if they ever showed up there.

The WestSpiel casino company said in its defence that it always checked the identity of people playing roulette and black-jack, but not those who played on the gaming machines near its lobby.

The machines, in which cylinders marked with fruit and other symbols must be spun to decide a win, are found in gaming parlours in most German towns. Referring the case to a lower court to assess damages, federal judges said the casino could have taken more care.

The women are suing to recover thousands of euros that each of the husbands lost in a single night on the machines. Judges said the lower court would have to consider what the casino could have practicably done to exclude the men, and set damages accordingly.

DPA

Subject: German news

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