paired stories, second series
#1: gambling troubles
b: Clint Van Loggenberg
Clint van Loggenberg (for beginners)
In December 2003, Clint was living in Port Elizabeth, a city in South Africa. He was working in a hotel. He was living with his parents and helping them with money from his job. His girlfriend, Tracy, was going to have a baby soon. And before the baby was born, Clint and Tracy were going to get married.
On December 14, Clint took Tracy to a casino a place where you can play machines and, maybe, win some money. They put 100 Rand on a card. (The Rand is South African money. One hundred Rand is about $16.00 US.) Then they began to play.
Clint said that a few minutes after he began to play, the lights on his machine started going on and off and music suddenly started playing. Then, the machine showed a message. It said Congratulations, you have won a million Rand. (Congratulations is what you say to someone when something good happens to them.)
Clint said that, when this happened, a woman beside him shouted, Youre rich! He also said that many other people ran up to him and congratulated him.
For a few minutes Clint and Tracy were very happy. They were thinking about how much money they would have when they got married. They would be able to have a big party. They would be able to buy lots of things for their new baby.
Then one of the casino workers came and put a key into Clints machine. After he did this, he told Clint that the machine wasnt working properly. The message had been a mistake. Clint hadnt won any money at all.
The next day, Clint was angry. He phoned the casino and talked to one of the managers. The manager told him that he hadnt won any money. It had just been a mistake.
Clint didnt agree. He was sure he had really won a lot of money . He thought the casino just didnt want to pay him.
Clint went to a lawyer. He and his lawyer went to a sort of court that controls casinos. Clint told the court his story. And the casinos managers told the court their story.
The casino managers said that Clints story wasnt true. They said that Clint had pushed the wrong button on the machine, and that was why the machine had shown him the message. They said the message was a mistake. It should not have said Congratulations. They said the message would be changed.
The managers said the lights on Clints machine hadnt gone on and off. They said that music hadnt come out of the machine. They showed the court pictures from the casino cameras. The pictures showed these things had not really happened.
Clint and his lawyer decided to give up. They saw they were not going to win.