Religious blackjack dealer demands right not to handle cards

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An incredible dispatch from Las Vegas over the JYB newswires:

For Marvin McJimpsey, Vegas is truly Sin City. His faith prohibits playing cards, but his job as a blackjack dealer at the Luxor Casino requires him to shuffle, deal, and slide cards across the green felt to eager gamblers who don't seem to appreciate the profound conflict of conscience McJimpsey's job entails.

McJimpsey belongs to the Seventh Day Adventists, a conservative Christian denomination whose doctrines forbid drinking, gambling, and dancing.

"Dude, are you deaf?" demands Jeff Chen, a florist from Pasadena, who has a four showing. "I said hit me!"

"I'm sorry, sir," replies McJimpsey. "You'll have to take the card yourself. For religious reasons, I'm not allowed to touch them." After walking around the table to pick up his card, Chen cashes out leaves the casino, complaining that someone with religious objections to touching cards "probably shouldn't be dealing blackjack for a living"....

Find out why the casino can't fire McJimpsey, and more, at JunkYardBlog.

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5 Comments

will said:

JYB's article is a parody.

Will, I said it was incredible.

Joseph Wallis said:

On a serious note I'd like to see your thoughts on this:

http://www.emsaonline.com/servicefaq.html

Paul Tay said:

Poetice justice.

It's satire. Kind of like the stories about pharmacists whose deeply held religious beliefs prevent them from filling ... oh, wait. Those weren't parodies. Never mind....

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