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Now The VOA Special English program Words and Their Stories.

Many people believe that money makes the world go around. Others believe that money buys happiness. I do not agree with either idea. But I do it meet that money can make people do strange things.

Let me tell you about a person I once knew, who liked to play card games for money. He liked to gamble. My friend Bob had a problem because he liked to gamble at all costs. He would play at any time and any price. To take part in a card game such as Pork, my friend would have to enter up, he would have to pay a smaller amount of money at the beginning of the game.

Bob always played with cold hard cash only coins and dollar bills. Some times, my friend would clean up. He would win a lot of money on one card game. He liked to tell me that one day he would break the bank. What a feeling is must be to win all of the money at gambling table?

Other times my friend would simply break even. He neither won nor lost money. But sometimes Bob would lose his shirt. He would loss all the money he had. He took a beating at the gambling table. When this happened, my friend would have to go in the hole--he would go interdate and owe people money.

Recently Bob turned to crime after losing all his money. In his job, he capped the books for small business. He supervised the records of money owned and spent by the company. Although my friend was usually honest, he decided to cook the books. He illegally changed the financial records of the company. This permitted him to make up fast bug. My friend made them quick easy money dishonestly.

I never thought Bob what have stick singles. He did not see like a thief-- he would steal money. But some people will do anything for love of money. Bob used the money he store from his company to gamble again. This time he cashed in. He made lot money. Quickly he was backed on his feet, he had returned to good financial health.

His company, however, ended up in the red --it lost more money than it earned. The company with no longer profitable, it did not take long before my friends dishonesty with discovered. The company investigated and charged him with stealing. Bob tried to pass the book. He tried to blend someone else for the deficit. His lie did not work, however, he ended up in jail.

Today, I would bet my bottom dollars-- that my friend would never gamble again. I would bet all I have-- that he leaned his lesson about gambling.

Worlds and Their Stories in VOA Special English with written by Jill Moss. I'm PL.
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