Morning Mick - nice article - but that's all it is, its just another sad indictment of modern life and could just as easily if not more forcefully and certainly with more facts and figs be made if it was referring to off licences and petrol stations, local post offices etc - the one thing different here is the FOB's and free drinks WC's etc they encourage users to hang around . Fruit Machines have long been the companion to the lonely figure in the pub, the person that sometimes seems to be on the edge of society. These FOB's with their incredible endless burn rate and increased offer of quick return will only expand feelings of desperation or isolation when it inevitably goes wrong. Ther has been talk recently of we are moving to a more robotic world and that will effect employment - the case is silently proved your attached article. What no one is asking is where is the money coming from ? . The Government is complicit in all this, they are reaping tax revenue on what looks to be an industry that is at least partly funded by crime How these betting machines can swallow a day's wage in 10 minutes The Church of England demands action on bet machines | Daily Mail Online This wont be a popular statement - but until we as a population accept that, if we want to return to country that has a Police presence walking the streets - old fashioned waste collection's - educational school classes of max 25 children that are all the same level on basic three R's etc etc we have to pay be willing to pay less for unearned income but also more income tax - at source not add on tax - we need a transparent system.