??!! Thin Deal
posted by January 29 at 12:30 PMon
Check out this banner hanging from the convenience store next to my house. It’s a Washington Lottery ad that reads “Wallet-Fattening Zone.” Does this strike anyone else as misleading?
Here, the State of Washington is basically promising players a hefty return. But, like gambling at casinos, the odds are against the player and generously stacked in the state’s favor. So there is wallet fattening, but it’s the state’s wallet that gets fattened (yes, yes, the money goes to a good cause).
If a jar of multivitamins claims it can boost your immune system, the label is required to have an attention-grabbing asterisk and disclaimer that the statement hasn’t been approved. (And those are wholesome goddamned vitamins!) If predatory loaners promise a low interest rate but actually bilk people out of dough, they can get prosecuted by the state. But this banner has no asterisk or warning that, for most players, it’s actually a wallet-thinning zone.
So isn’t this false advertising? And isn’t Washington State the same entity that enforces laws against false advertising?