Florida is known for two things: old people and oranges. Well, that and warm weather, as well as the occasional hurricane. And now the south easterly state can tack on a new wacky law that bans laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Say what?!
Well, it turns out that in an attempt to curb illegal gambling rings, the state accepted a piece of legislation that effectively bans any “device, machine, or system” that can be used to play a game with an unpredictable outcome. It’s a rather broad stipulation, and while it surely addresses illegal gambling, it also applies to your smartphone or laptop.
The law went into effect a month after a Florida charity, Allied Veterans of the World, was closed down on suspicion that it was in fact an online gambling front. And even though Allied Veterans didn’t run an Internet Cafe and didn’t own a set of physical slot machines, the law, which was approved by Gov. Rick Scott, is designed to curb this kind of activity in the state of Florida probably in the hopes of cleaning up the state’s image.
So what’s next? Lawsuits. Justin Kaplan of Kluger Kaplan, has filed a law suits against the state. His firm represents just one of the 1,000 Internet cafes that has been impacted, so Florida can only expect more to start trickling in.