The following comment came in this morning from a reader, and I thought it was timely and interesting enough to get a blog post of its own. This reader has been back to the casinos recently, so let’s hear what she has to say about it.
I am a regular visitor to all the casinos as I only live an hour away in the town of Como, Missisippi. There are seveal of us Old ladies in our 70′s that help keep the casinos open. This flood is one of the worst things I have ever seen in this area. As of yesterday 5/20/11 my friend and I went to Horseshoe Casino that opened the 20th.
You can see where the water had been, and the ditches are to the very top with nasty green water. The inside of the gambling area looked fine. Some of the machines were not all up and playable, but it sure felt good to here the sounds of ching ching. Come on back and help support our casinos. May you all be winners.
So there you have it. It seems that things are slowly getting back to normal, and that’s a good thing for the economy there. Now is a good time to go and show your support to the people who have lost so much during the flood. I know for a fact that people there are very nervous about customers returning, fearing that they’ve found somewhere else to go while the Tunica casinos were closed. I don’t think that is the case, but it will take a little time to get back to normal.
This is true not just for Tunica, Mississippi, but for all of the places that have suffered disasters lately. Memphis, Tennessee, suffered during the flooding as well. Thinking of a road trip through the south this summer? Why not combine a trip to the casinos with a visit to Memphis, and then on from there through Alabama. Tuscaloosa had horrendous damage and loss of life due to the tornado. I’m sure your room tax and restaurant meal taxes and tips would be much appreciated right about now.
The tax proceeds from a single restaurant can make a world of difference to a town. I did a blog post about this a while back, “One New Restaurant, and Bam! More Money in the Kitty.” It was pretty amazing to me to learn how important sales tax dollars are, and how important one restaurant can be. The recent recession was bad enough. People stayed home, spent less, and times were, and still are, very lean in some places. These recent disasters certainly haven’t helped.
We traveled by car through South Dakota in 2008, just as the effects of the downturn started to be felt across the country. There were four of us traveling together, and we made a conscious decision to tip really, really well wherever we ate and wherever we stayed. We felt fortunate enough to be able to make the trip, so we decided to spread the wealth around. It made us feel good to be helping in our own small way, and we had a great trip.
There is a heck of a lot to see and do right here in the U.S. Maybe it’s time we think about spending our money here at home where it will do the most good.