A disturbing video circulating on social media with over 11 million views appears to depict a woman urinating while seated at a slot machine in an unnamed casino. The woman, whose identity remains unknown, is seen on the video holding a cell phone to her left ear as liquid drips from the base of her seat. It is speculated that she was unwilling to interrupt her game for any reason.
Unfortunately, urinating on casino floors is not as rare as one might think. Arnie Wexler, a former problem gambler and manager of a New Jersey-based gambling hotline and counseling service, shared with the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2007 that many compulsive gamblers wear adult diapers to avoid leaving a slot machine or gaming table, and if they are unprepared, ‘they just pee in the seat’.
This was further confirmed by a spokesperson from Caesars Southern Indiana, who in 2007 spoke to the Courier-Journal regarding a complaint filed with the Indiana Gaming Commission by a video poker player who had encountered a soiled seat at their casino. The spokesperson admitted that their casino ‘dropped the ball’ in this particular case, but also shared that all major casinos have ‘seat changers’ – a team dedicated to replacing soiled chairs and cushions.
It is also believed that this is one of the reasons why casino carpets are so heavily and colorfully patterned – to conceal any unsightly stains.
A commenter on the viral video shared that they had previously worked for a casino and had witnessed people who were so intent on continuing their gaming that they would ‘do their bidness right there’. Compulsive gamblers often believe the myth that once they start playing a machine, they must continue until they hit a jackpot – regardless of any bodily needs that may arise.
In Nevada, urinating on a casino floor is considered a misdemeanor, and a first-time offender can face a fine of up to $2,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to 364 days in a county jail. If the offender is a male, they may also be charged with indecent exposure, which requires them to register as a sex offender.
The viral video raises many questions, including how the videographer was able to capture the exact moment of the woman’s urine in the process of falling, considering the sound of liquid hitting the chair would be hard to distinguish among the ambient casino noise. It is also possible that the liquid was from a spilled water bottle, which would not be considered a crime.
Regardless of the truth, the video is accompanied by a sexist caption which is as abhorrent as the alleged act itself.