It’s no secret that I grew up around Atlantic City, New Jersey. When I was 21 the casinos there were a lot of fun. It was a great place to take a date for a show and a dinner if you had the cash. It was also a great place to take friends that were from out-of-town. What they aren’t is a reason to leave your kids home alone while you played the quarter slots.
For example take the case of 24-year-old Nicole Donahue and 29-year-old Ryan Feyh of Levittown, Pennsylvania. This past Friday they allegedly decided to hit Parx Casino in nearby Bensalem, PA. Instead of trying to find a sitter they texted their neighbors.
“Hey, if we go to the casino around 11 or so can u listen for the boys they are sleeping right now.”
Followed by another text that read:
“Guess u are sleeping.”
Apparently that wasn’t discouragement enough to keep them from hitting the keno parlor.
One of their kids must be a light sleeper or needed a scratch off because their 2-year-old son decided to take off to the local supermarket. Luckily he was found by a good Samaritan who called police. The boy motioned towards their apartment where police found his 4-year-old brother still sleeping.
According to reports the Breeders tried saying that they were out running errands. If by errands they mean splitting on two aces then yes they were running errands.
The kids are now in the custody of other family members and ironically the Breeders must not have won enough at the casino because they were unable to post bail.
Not to stereotype an entire city but for most of my life I’ve had family that lived in a very trailer trash section of Philly. Instead of trailers they lived in row homes. I even lived there for a while myself and I used to refer to it as a vertical trailer park. Living there I had never met a more concentrated area of degenerate gamblers in my life. These people would bet on two cockroaches racing which unfortunately was an all too common occurrence. The check cashing place where I used to cash my paycheck also sold lottery tickets and they made money hand over fist that way.
There’s just something about the Philly area that makes people think that gambling is a priority over their kids. I’m surprised we haven’t heard more stories like this.
Thanks to Beth and Cheri for the tips.