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Judgmental Store Clerks >:(

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Posted: May 27, 2011, 2:15 pm - IP Logged

Does anyone else deal with store clerks who look at you like a criminal when you play the lottery at their store? There's a place I go often both to buy scratch offs and play my numbers. It's conveniently near my work and in a super busy part of town so I should be invisible, but every time the clerks there seem to remember me and they all look at me funny! Maybe it's because of my age (most people buying lotto tickets in there are 35+), but still it's starting to get uncomfortable.

I'm just going to find a different place near work, but I feel like I shouldn't have to... Unhappy

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    Posted: May 27, 2011, 2:27 pm - IP Logged

    Luckily in California, most grocery stores have lotto ticket/scratcher vending machines, so I don't have to deal with any judgemental clerks.

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      Luckily in California, most grocery stores have lotto ticket/scratcher vending machines, so I don't have to deal with any judgemental clerks.

      They do have the machines where I am and I use them, but they're right by the registers so I still get the dirty looks. I try not to let it bother me but I feel like they think I'm a gambling addict or something (does spending $30-40 every couple of weeks when you have spare cash floating around make you an addict??).

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        Posted: May 27, 2011, 3:16 pm - IP Logged

        They do have the machines where I am and I use them, but they're right by the registers so I still get the dirty looks. I try not to let it bother me but I feel like they think I'm a gambling addict or something (does spending $30-40 every couple of weeks when you have spare cash floating around make you an addict??).

        Even though that particular store is convenient go play somewhere else.  It doesn't matter what those store clerks think, once you can feel that kind of negative energy it won't do you any good to play there.  Besides they probably wish they could buy however many numbers/tickets/games you're buying.  I used to live in NY and know that its not hard to find another store, especially in the city and outer boroughs, so hopefully there's another one nearby.  Good luck.

        P.S.  Most people I know, myself included play that amount a day ... so if anyone needs to be calling that hotline ...

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          Posted: May 27, 2011, 3:33 pm - IP Logged

          They do have the machines where I am and I use them, but they're right by the registers so I still get the dirty looks. I try not to let it bother me but I feel like they think I'm a gambling addict or something (does spending $30-40 every couple of weeks when you have spare cash floating around make you an addict??).

          You are far from an addict my friend ... try spending $100 per day lol

          Some clerks just got nothing better to do then make sly comments i suggest you go to another store from now on.

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            Posted: May 27, 2011, 4:23 pm - IP Logged

            Don't back down... look them dead in the eye until they turn away. If they take too long to turn away, raise them an eyebrow as if to say "yes? you want to say something?" Don't let them judge you and run you off. If you want to play at that store, by all means, play at that store.

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              Posted: May 27, 2011, 5:21 pm - IP Logged

              Don't back down... look them dead in the eye until they turn away. If they take too long to turn away, raise them an eyebrow as if to say "yes? you want to say something?" Don't let them judge you and run you off. If you want to play at that store, by all means, play at that store.

              +1 ........ and if thars not enough .... stock up on a few of those widdle noise makers

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                Posted: May 27, 2011, 5:23 pm - IP Logged

                Even though that particular store is convenient go play somewhere else.  It doesn't matter what those store clerks think, once you can feel that kind of negative energy it won't do you any good to play there.  Besides they probably wish they could buy however many numbers/tickets/games you're buying.  I used to live in NY and know that its not hard to find another store, especially in the city and outer boroughs, so hopefully there's another one nearby.  Good luck.

                P.S.  Most people I know, myself included play that amount a day ... so if anyone needs to be calling that hotline ...

                Thank you! :) I will go somewhere else.

                I don't spend that much per day...maybe $40 or so in one day every other week. I'm a freelancer so my paycheck isn't steady. I only play when I have the cash to spare. So I'm not even in there that much and they still glare! lol

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                  Don't back down... look them dead in the eye until they turn away. If they take too long to turn away, raise them an eyebrow as if to say "yes? you want to say something?" Don't let them judge you and run you off. If you want to play at that store, by all means, play at that store.

                  I wish I could. I'm so bad at confrontation, even the littlest bit of it. Embarassed

                  But maybe I'll try next time.

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                    Posted: May 27, 2011, 5:29 pm - IP Logged

                    By the way I wanted to add that I really hope I didn't sound judgmental myself, about how much money is spent on the lottery...I give myself such low limits simply because that's all I can afford. No negative feelings toward anyone who has more to play with! Smiley

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                      Posted: May 27, 2011, 6:36 pm - IP Logged

                      The town where we live has a no booze policy for the grocery stores so the liquor stores have a monopoly.

                      There's one liquor store that we go to that sells tickets but makes it obvious they want no part of it. They keep the playslips hidden behind liquor advertisements and brochures.

                      We rarely play lotto there.

                      Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

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                      There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                        I wish I could. I'm so bad at confrontation, even the littlest bit of it. Embarassed

                        But maybe I'll try next time.

                        Well that sure is something else alright. Do you look old enough to play? Maybe they think you're stealing

                        money from your parents. That sounds stupid but I'm serious. Ask them if they'd like to see you buying

                        beer or cigarettes instead? That seems to be okay with a lot of people no matter what age a person is.

                        How dare they scare off the customers with dirty looks. I agree, go somewhere else where they appreciate

                        your business. Good luck to you!

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                          Posted: May 27, 2011, 8:46 pm - IP Logged

                          Well that sure is something else alright. Do you look old enough to play? Maybe they think you're stealing

                          money from your parents. That sounds stupid but I'm serious. Ask them if they'd like to see you buying

                          beer or cigarettes instead? That seems to be okay with a lot of people no matter what age a person is.

                          How dare they scare off the customers with dirty looks. I agree, go somewhere else where they appreciate

                          your business. Good luck to you!

                          Hey dr65 i think ticket hawks are worse than snide clerks. you can avoid a store but seems like you cant avoid a ticket hawk ...

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                            Hey dr65 i think ticket hawks are worse than snide clerks. you can avoid a store but seems like you cant avoid a ticket hawk ...

                            What's a ticket hawk?  What?

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                              Posted: May 27, 2011, 9:51 pm - IP Logged

                              i don't know about other grocery stores

                              but i know for a fact kroger gives their mm/pb small winnings for selling the big jackpot winner to local charity's

                              if the beeps want to give you looks, play at a grocery store you know for a fact will give away the winnings,f that store owner getting money off your luck if the workers give you looks

                              als when you get a dirty look, look them in the eye and say its to support the lottery funding x whatever your state works too , got a problem with charity? and then give them the dirty look best you can back at them!, try to do it  without laughingLOL