80 year-old woman vows to fight her bingo ban
ROCKHAMPTON woman Veronica Dobson has been banned from bingo at her local sports club and now she's fighting to have the sanction overturned.
The 80-year-old is a regular bingo player and member at Rocky Sports Club, but the popular Lion Creek Rd establishment this month asked her not to attend the venue, or bingo sessions, until it could make a determination in her matter.
Ms Dobson was informed by the club's general manager, Jack Hughes, on December 5 that a number of complaints had been received from members about her behaviour.
"I have received numerous complaints from members and have been advised that you have been rude, aggressive and sworn at some of our staff members," Mr Hughes said in a text message sent to Ms Dobson.
"This is unacceptable and I think you will agree not appropriate.
"At this stage I request that you do not enter the Rocky Sports Club or attend any Bingo sessions until I can make a full determination in this matter after listening to all parties."
In the text message, Mr Hughes said that he had tried to contact Ms Dobson earlier without any luck.
He asked Ms Dobson to "please send me your version of events and the reason why your membership should not be terminated indefinitely".
Mr Hughes added he was sorry it had come to this but "the general wellbeing, comfort and and safety of our members and staff are paramount".
Ms Dobson, who approached The Morning Bulletin, said she had spoken to Mr Hughes and he had allowed her to attend the club, but not bingo, while the matters were looked into.
Ms Dobson told the newspaper the only thing she did wrong was to criticise a bingo caller for being too slow, which she regretted, and she believed the ban was unfair.
"I've been playing bingo there every Monday night and every Friday morning since it started," she said.
When contacted by The Morning Bulletin, Mr Hughes said he had received nearly 10 complaints from bingo players about Ms Dobson including allegations that she had sworn at, and been abusive towards, staff and members.
Mr Hughes said a petition had also been submitted.
"We have nearly 20,000 members here and when a number of them raise concerns we have to look into them," he said.
Ms Dobson said those behind the petition were bingo ladies who "want to get rid of me".
Mr Hughes said he was attempting to arrange a meeting with Ms Dobson before any official decision was reached.