Midfield residents hoping for bingo jobs

By Alan Collins

MIDFIELD, ALA. (WBRC) - A legal fight is brewing over electronic bingo in the Bessemer cutoff.

Monday, Jefferson County Circuit Judge Eugene Verin signed an order allowing for electronic bingo gaming. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is turning to the Alabama Supreme Court to overturn the order.

Still bingo halls are looking to open as soon as possible. In Midfield Wednesday, Midfield Bingo accepted 200 job applications within two hours.

"I was hoping to work here. I'm not really a bingo person. I don't gamble. I'm coming to try to get a job here," Andrea Wallace said.

But, Wallace was disappointed. A sign went up to say there would be no more applications for the day. Also disappointed was Lawson State Community College student Cartisha Roller.

"We just left the one down the street. It is like they are not going to give us the opportunity to get a job. We need money in this state and this city," Roller said.

Despite the need for jobs, Strange wants to see the court order ended. Strange contends the court does not have the authority to stop law enforcement from stopping an illegal gaming operation.

Bingo halls want a chance to prove their machines are legal in a court of law.

Isaac Gaston is the executive director of the 3-G Community Development, a non-profit designed to help youth and the unemployed and his organization benefited from bingo money in the past and he hopes to do so again.

"Something is better than nothing. Times are getting rough for everybody. Any money we can get we want it," Gaston said.

Many of the job seekers just hope to find work before the bingo halls are again shut down.

"Please don't shut it down. Please don't shut it down. I think it's going to help a lot of people," Roller said.

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