I have a friend who is always broke. she's in her 60's a recovering alcoholic, working when there's a need. when Dad passed away I gave her his nearly brand new hearing aides because she didnt have the money, then paid for her Costco card so she could get them adjusted where we originally bought them. i picked up the cost for that. give her food from the garden. i aid over 100 bucks for her to go to a retreat. I have had a hectic schedule the last three weeks. my hubby tagged along to work w/ the end of this week out of state. we hoteled on the cheap w/ a small fridge/ microwave to save money and gave each other a small bit of cash to spend on the way home(limited at.30 bucks each) @ the casino as a treat. we`re working the penny machines and betting low to give more time and i hear my friends voice. look around the corner and shes sitting at the dollar machine loosing like crazy. i let her know im there. shes been drinking. she keeps playing. says she likes to come up there. then asks me more than once if i know of any job opps. her job is completed and shes broke. i know better than to state how i view it. She must have enough booze in her to block the obvious of whats happening. she said she came alone. but a few other older ladies said she rode with them on the bus tour. i took her car keys and said id pick her up at the station when she got back. i dont know how long shes been doing this but its time not to feed into her victim list of co dependency. im also close friends with her brother. he would be very upset to know whats going on. i wont tell him. but she needs something to shake her from this. when she can listen. we will start with no more money and a serious honest talk between her and her AA sponsor. i watched her roll over nearly 800 bucks and loose it all. the staff knew her by name.