Man Steals $140K From Boss And Loses It All In 4 Hours At Melbourne Casino
Gambling can get you into a pretty sticky situation. Sure, sometimes you walk away with more than you walked in with, but other times you lose a hell of a lot more than you were planning.
It's a bad situation when it's your own money, but even worse when it's someone else's.
Try telling that to a Japanese tourist who's been locked up for spending $140,000 of his boss' money during a 'panic-driven' splurge at Melbourne's Crown Casino, according to AAP.
Takuro Yanagida was visiting Victoria's capital city in October last year with his boss. The 23-year-old managed to grab a key to his superior's suitcase, which contained the serious sum of money.
Don't ask us why old mate was walking around with a hefty deposit for a home in cash in his suitcase. It just was there.
Yanagida took the cash and went to the casino, exchanged it for chips and went on an absolute spree. He managed to lose every single dollar in about four hours. That is some serious gambling going on there.
He initially denied any involvement in the splurge, but Crown Casino staff were able to link him to the theft when they reviewed CCTV footage of him cashing in the chips.
The young man pleaded guilty to the crime and has been sentenced to one month behind bars.
County Court Judge Robert Dyer said: "Your offending may have been initiated by a naive belief that you could use [your employer's] money to win at the casino and pay off your financial situation."
While the sentence might sound lenient, the bloke has already served 207 days in jail as he awaited his penalty.
Yanagida was probably trying to pull off a massive win like one bloke did in 2017, which netted him $3.5 million thanks to one spin.
The man was filmed while putting a towering stack of chips (worth $100,000) onto number 32; he can then be seen casually sipping his wine as the camera scans the crowd. Just moments later the croupier is heard announcing the box number: 32.
He didn't even need the money, because the man in the clip is reported by the Daily Mail to be Pedro Grendene Bartelle, a Brazilian businessman and the nephew of billionaire Alexandre Grendene Bartelle, who co-founded Grendene, the world's largest manufacturer of sandals.
Grendene, which produces Havaianas flip flops, has resulted in Alexandre amassing a net worth of $2.1 billion. So I doubt he'll be expecting a few quid from his nephew.
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