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Drake Slams B.C. Casino for Alleged Racial Profiling

It has been a controversial week already in the Canadian gambling sector, as a British Columbia casino is being accused of racism. Musician Drake claims that the B.C.-based casino Parq Vancouver is guilty of racially profiling him, in a controversial incident on Friday night. The rapper posted a controversial Instagram story to fans, in which he described the establishment by saying, “… worst run business I have ever witnessed … profiling me and not allowing me to gamble when I had everything they originally asked me for.”

Now, of course, without being privy to the incident that took place, we can only take what Drake is telling us, but it is important to understand there are two sides to every story. It is entirely possible that Drake was not being racially profiled, and was, instead, banned from gambling for an entirely different, and entirely understandable reason.

The casino itself has said it would be launching an investigation in the incident, and hopefully we will find out more in the next week. However, they did make a point of saying they ‘categorically’ stand against racism, before apologising for the experience Drake had in the casino.

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There have been a lot of controversial incidents across the industry this year, particularly in British Columbia, and this is just another to add to the list. Back in the summer we had reports that some of the casinos across British Columbia had been suffering as a result of strike action against them. And there have been several other incidents plaguing casinos across the province as well.

But, this is the first instance we have heard of somebody claiming to have been targeted racially. There are a lot of issues that can arise from Drake’s claim, especially in 2018, when subjects like this are so sensitive. Everything a business does is under the microscope these days, and it is essential that companies project a positive image. This is why Parq will be hoping they can sort this incident out and placate the rap star as soon as possible.

There have been rumblings about what exactly went down, and an alleged Parq Vancouver employee has claimed the refusal was to do with the regulations set in place by British Columbia Lottery Corporation. Indeed, it appears that the problem revolved around the limitations on the amount of money the rapper was trying to buy-in using. These are regulations put in place by BCLC in an attempt to curb the money laundering that has plagued the province in the past, and violation of this could have resulted in Parq losing its license.

We will need to watch closely to find out more about this incident and how it unfolds. But it seems as though there is definitely more to this than meets the eye, and it is likely that the incident is going to have an adverse effect on the casino at large. Let’s hope things are sorted out sooner rather than later, and for the good of everyone.

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