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[Report] SENEWS-2007-12-09 Report

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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 buy happies. I do not agree with either idea. But I admit that money can make people do strange things. Let me tell you about a person I once knew, who like to play card games for money. He liked to gamble.

My friend Bob have a problem, because he like to gamble at all costs. He would play at anytime and at any price, to take part in a card game, such as poker. My friend would have to empty up. He would have to pay a small amount of money at the beginning of the game. Bob always played with cold, hard cash, only coins and dollar bills. Sometimes my friend will clean up, he would win on a lot of money on one card game. He liked to tell me that one day he would break the bank. What a feeling it must be to win all the money at the gambling table.

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

Recently, Bob turn to cry after losing all his money. In his job, he kept the book for a small business. He supervised the records of money earned and spent by the company. Although my friend was usually honest, he decided to cook the books. He illegally changed the finacial records of the company. This permitted him to make a fast bark. My friend make quick, easy money dishonest.

I never thought Bob would have sticky fingers. He did not see like a thief who would steal money. But somepeopel would do anything for love money. Bob use the money he stole from the company to gamble again. This time, he cashed in. He made a lot of money. Quickly, he was back on his feet, he had return to good finacial 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 friend's dihonesty was discovered. The company investigated and charged him with stealing. Bob try to pass the bark, he try to blame someone else for the deficit. His lie did not work. However, he ended up in jail. Today, I would bet my bottom dollar, thay my friend will never gamble again.I would bet all I have that the learned his lesson about gambling.

Words and their stories in VOA Special English was written by Jill Moss. I'm Faith Lapidus.
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