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June 30th, 2008

My Brain SometimesI really do try to make sure everything I write is exactly correct (personal opinions excepted!), but on occasion, I experience what my late great-grandmother termed a “brain fart”. She was an earthy sort of woman!

This phenomena occured on 9 June when I wrote the post entitled “3,000 Jobs Gone? Why?“. I am 99% sure I read in La Nacion that the new regulation had been published in La Gaceta. It appears I was wrong and it was not published. As Bugs Bunny would say, “Whatta maroon!”.

In Costa Rica, before a law or government decree can be enforced, it must be first published in La Gaceta. The fact that it was not explains why, during my (purely research based) visits to the various casinos, I found them operating as normal. So now I must grovel to my readers and apologize for the mistake. The rest of that post is just fine.

However some of these changes will be published… perhaps as soon as this week, though it seems the decree affecting hours may not be published. If it is, those 3,000 workers will be unemployed as nearly all casinos are 24 hour per day businesses, and the reduction to an 8 hour day (6PM to 2AM will certainly hurt a lot of people.

But… as the government does not appear any too anxious to publish the decree relating to hours, who knows? Could be somebody’s brain kicked in and they realize what a truly bad idea is the cutting of jobs.

Further, there seems to be some question as to whether these decrees will affect existing businesses. One of the new “rules” is that a casino must be part of (actually IN) a hotel and may not take up more than 15% of the total space. How places like the Horseshoe, a landmark and not connected to any hotel, will fare is anybodys guess. The same is true for the Fiesta Casino near the San Jose airport. It too stands alone.

Anyway… now you know!

3 Responses to “Oops!”

  1. Saratica on July 1, 2008 6:37 am

    A truly terrible idea. Hope the Costa Rican govmint comes to their senses!!!

  2. Kelly Gifford on December 7, 2008 7:58 pm

    Looking for a Great Dentist in San Jose, Costa Rica, Thanks !!

  3. Ken Collins on May 7, 2011 11:11 am

    Fiesta has a number of casinos in CR. They go by different names such as Lucky’s, Herradura and the flag ship across from the airport. These are security concious. Many casinos are downtown and spread throughout the country and locally owned in some cases. Always beware of never leaving your machine unless a friend is with you. Also, unlike Fiesta many are the working grounds for prostitutes.
    Given this brief, remember the waitresses recieve an automatic 10% on all sold foods and beverages. This is theirs.The machine attendents receive nothing unless you tip them. As an fyi…they NEVER receive this money. It is shared with ALL the workers. I knew a fantastic attendant who received a sizable tip and received less than 8% of that tip after it was shared with all the others. Ask the attendants name and return leaving an envelope for the person. Ask her/him how it works. Also, recognize the average worker recieves about $1.95 per hour from which comes taxes and health insurance.