Cue the COPS theme song.
The gambling police were busy in Altamonte Springs, Florida a couple of weeks ago when they shut down a highly sophisticated high-stakes gambling run by a gang of dangerous criminals.
Okay, that last bit was not true... it was only a bunch of old ladies playing Mahjong. Apparently there's a law on the books in Florida in which you cannot participate in any games/contests in which a pot exceeds $10. The elderly ladies from the Escondido Condominium Retirement Community insisted that the most anyone could lose in a single session was a whopping $4. The games were technically legal, but police reminded the elderly ladies that games were kosher, so long as they were not advertised.
"My neurologist, Dr. Suzy Greenberg, said it's very good for the brain," said Zelda King, who's insisted that her doctors told her than Mahjong and other games helped prevent dementia.
Reason.com had the best reaction to this gross misuse of law enforcement...
Police had to take action. If the cops had allowed elderly mahjong players to win more than $10 at a time, middle-aged poker players might think they could get away with the same sort of thing. What a terrifying world that would be.
Police admitted that someone ratted out the old ladies. Whenever you hear about a private game getting busted, it's usually because of a sore loser who took out their frustrations by dropping a dime on the gamblers.
Hell hath no fury like a grandma after a Mahjong bad beat.