A Sydney club has been fined almost $6000 for allowing a toddler to play a gaming machine.
The jaw-dropping moment captured on CCTV shows a man lifting the little boy onto the stool in front of a poker machine and standing back as the child presses the buttons.
The toddler did not use money in the machines and investigations showed the child was in the gaming lounge of Mount Pritchard and District Community Club (Mounties) for less than two minutes.
Mounties was found guilty of breaching NSW laws that ban minors from remaining in gaming areas at licensed premises.
Staff were allegedly only made aware of the toddler’s presence when he ran past them.
Vision shows the man lifting the child off the stool when staff entered the gaming room and the two left the premises shortly after.
Liquor & Gaming NSW director of compliance operations Sean Goodchild said the offence was a serious breach of NSW gaming laws.
“These laws are in place to protect minors from exposure to gaming machines which have the potential to cause significant harm,” Mr Goodchild said.
“All venues with gaming machines have a clear responsibility to supervise and monitor gaming machine areas to ensure minors do not enter and remain in gaming machine areas at any time.”
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