|Published:||Apr 04, 2013 8:53 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 04, 2013 8:53 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL--A law banning internet cafes in Florida is on its way to the Governor's desk for his signature. Lawmakers approved the legislation after a charity scandal involving internet cafe's led to the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll.
Not everyone is happy about the anti-gambling law. Adult arcade owners and their patrons claim they're being unfairly targeted.
Three days a week, once Shannon Singleton gets off work, you'll find her gaming away at Gator Games.
"You can spend a little money and get something big in the process," said Singleton.
But for her and all the regulars it's much more than just winning big.
"Everybody knows each other by name, we love the people that work here they show is love back," said Singleton.
"This is their social life, they don't have any family or nowhere to go and they come here," said Gator Games' Randy Busse.
A 0close-knit community that is now scared it'll be torn apart.
Today Florida lawmakers passed a bill to ban internet cafe's. It would also shut down gaming centers that use gift cards for prizes and that's exactly what Gator Games does.
"We are not here to just take their money, we are a part of the community, we have been for 10 years," said Busse.
The Senate passed the bill just weeks after 51 internet cafe's across the state were shut down following an investigation into the Allied Veterans of the World charity. They were accused of pocketing money that should have been going to veterans.
"We saw millions and millions of dollars being embezzled by this stuff and we saw even the fall of the lt. governor as a result of this," said Florida Democratic senator Darren Soto.
"Somebody higher up gets caught doing something wrong and we have to pay for it?" said Busse.
So now Gator Games is on edge and they don't know for sure if they will have to close it's doors for good.
"I am scared to go buy my Visa's, I am scared to go buy groceries that I should have gotten three days ago," said Busse.
"We wouldn't know where to go or what to do with ourselves if we didn't have this place," said Singleton.
"The bill will now go to Governor Rick Scott and he says he does plan to sign the bill in to law.
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