Dear Aunt Bingo,
you for addressing the situation with Amvets Post 66 in
Illinois [where the players had become so aggressive that
the post commander temporarily closed down Bingo]. This is
a very special place for me. I was there that night and
the crowd was brutal.
is a subject that needs to be addressed all over the
nation. Our veterans are very special and have been
neglected too long. I volunteer at different places and I
know from experience the abuse Bingo workers take just
trying to raise money for the vets. I know for a fact that
every dime these Bingos get goes to help veterans. I also
know there are other games out there where they draw big
money and give big prizes. The ones I am referring to are
fairly small and struggle to make any money.
seem to think that all the monies small Bingos earn is
profit. Not so. They are not like big Bingo facilities
that are better able to make big money and give big
prizes. Players need to know that all the money they get
goes right back to helping the veterans and charities.
beat up the volunteers! —KG,
Mt. Prospect, Illinois
was glad to have the opportunity to address the situation
that occurred at the post in the hopes that it would serve
as a reminder that Bingo should be enjoyable for players
and workers alike, and that the volunteers who give of
their time do it for no other reason than to help those in
course there will be times when a string of bad luck makes
a player crabby and frustrated, but it is not the Bingo
workers’ fault. Let’s all try a little more to be
appreciative and respectful of the Bingo workers. Without
them, there would be no Bingo. —Aunt Bingo
Dear Aunt Bingo,
happened that I think should NEVER happen again. One of
the Bingo attendants made me feel bad because I didn’t
tip enough ($20).
had just hit the coverall Bingo for $800. I was in seventh
heaven. I play there a lot and have never hit such a large
Bingo. I did not even know what I hit; I was just so
excited that I had won.
have spent so much money on Bingo but have only hit once
in a while. I am 88 years old, live on Social Security and
lost my husband last year, and still owe so much on his
debts. I was so excited that I would be able to pay some
money on his debts.
why am I criticized when I tip? And how do we know how
much to tip…if we decide to tip at all? I wish they had
a No Tipping policy, and no flack from the attendants when
we don’t tip what they think we should tip.
now I love to play Bingo but will never play Bingo at this
hall again. Instead of making me feel how lucky I am, I
now feel badly. No one has ever made me feel this way
before. Is there anything I should do? Someone should be
told how badly they made me feel and that they have lost
me as a Bingo player forever. I will not go back there
would appreciate your answer, and tell me what I did
Bingo Player, via email
really is a shame that you were made to feel badly at
Bingo. Winning any jackpot is fun, but winning a big pot
truly is heaven. The last thing you want is for someone to
come along and spoil the moment.
fact that there is tipping tells me this is a for-profit
hall. As such, this means that it is being operated not by
volunteers, but by Bingo professionals. And browbeating a
player to me is not being professional.
said, you have to remember that tipping is an established
part of the service profession, and most establishments
have an accepted tipping rate. If you go to dinner, you
are expected to tip your server 15-20% of the cost of the
meal. So a $100 meal would have a tip of $20. When you
have your hair done, you typically tip the stylist at the
that tipping at this gaming hall is similar, and you won
$800, then a tip of 10% would be $80 and 5% would be $40.
You tipped $20, or 2.5%, which does seem pretty low.
I know how hard it can be to suddenly win a lot
of money and have someone there expecting to get a piece
of it. But, like dining out, you have to have the mindset
that tipping is going to be part of the “winning
experience.” Look at it as sharing the joy! —Aunt Bingo
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