This past weekend, I went to Spirit Mountain Casino in Covington, Oregon to play a few slot machines. My wife is from the area, and she really likes to tell everyone about this wonderful place. But, when it comes to gambling, my opinion may differ. We live on a country highway near Grants Pass, and there are plenty of Casinos in the area for people to drive through and have a good time. My wife drove over to Spirit Mountain last weekend and I decided to stop and play some slot machines while she was there.
When we arrived, there were a couple of guys in front of us who were sitting outside on the sidewalk smoking a cigarette and having a good time. I didn’t think much of it at first, but when I got out of the car, I noticed that they were pointing at a smoldering hole in the ground right in front of the machine. I walked over and got down and started talking to them, but I soon realized that they were probably gamblers that had gotten waylaid by the smoldering hole.
When I went back inside, I started playing. The lady at the counter didn’t seem to mind, but told me that she could have seen the hole through the trees. I asked her if she had seen the machine going into the pit. She said no. So I asked her if she could have seen the hole in the ground through the grass.
She said yes, and explained to me that she could have seen the hole because of the lighting that was coming from underneath the machine. So I asked her what kind of light was coming from under the machine. She said that it was definitely not natural lighting. I asked her why she wouldn’t want to play there. She said that it was too dark to play, and that the light was just bouncing off the side of the slot machines.
I told her that I would definitely play there that night. I went inside and began to walk around the outside of the machine. As I was walking around the perimeter of the machine, I saw a dark spot moving across the horizon from where the slot machine was. I walked over to the dark spot and saw a machine gun sitting in front of it.
Suddenly, I heard a loud pop and saw a dark figure fall to the ground. It was the operator of the machine, who was standing before me. He was hit in the head by the machine gun and was unconscious when I got him out from under the machine. He was bleeding heavily, and when I got him to the emergency room of the nearby hospital, he was pronounced dead. Apparently, this particular machine did not have an appropriate warning mechanism in place to protect the operator.