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Bingo 'Bust' on Galiano Island

21 February 2005

GALIANO, British Columbia -- As reported by the CBC: "Some residents of Galiano Island are upset over a recent undercover sting operation targeting a small bingo game at a local restaurant.

"Two officers with the B.C.'s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch showed up at Deb McKechnie's restaurant last week during the weekly bingo session, claiming to be interested in real estate.

"They watched the locals play, but didn't say or do anything to stop the game. The pair stayed overnight at a local B and B, showing up at McKechnie's apartment the next day, with the police in tow.

"...McKechnie says the officials told her they could have laid criminal charges, but instead they fined her $289..."

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