Sky City: Pay the money back
The sad case of the mother of two who has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison because of the money she stole from the University of Auckland to feed her VIP Member of Sky City gambling activities, is yet another example of everybody losing, except the people who now have the money. The Problem Gambling Foundation despairs of this type of disaster being allowed to happen yet again.
So who has, or hasn't got, what?
The University no longer has the money
The mother no longer has her freedom Her children will visit
her in jail for the next year or two and carry those
memories for a long time Her family may never regain their
honour Her work-mates will be dazed and confused We all must
be near tears to again read of this type of tragedy
And what of Sky City.?
They've got the money They have
not offered any of us an apology for not making sure they
were more aware of what was going on They will do it again!
The advent of Sky City's new player tracking technology* (for marketing purposes, and which they hope to have in place during 2009) will allow them to identify these behaviours. It may even allow our courts to judge that the situation is more than just a series of unfortunate losses.
PGF says to Sky City - "Pay the money back. Students shouldn't have to make good this loss".
Computerworld article on Sky City IT development.
"Technology improvement underpins the majority of the
company's stated strategic priorities for 2008-09, which
include the improvement of customer service and marketing
and the need to maximise the potential of existing assets as
well as the significant enhancement of IT and systems