Supreme Court nixes Quick Charge cell phone kiosks as illegal gambling
MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision today that so-called Quick Charge Kiosk’s “cell phone charging machines” are unlawful gambling machines under state law.
Attorney General Josh Kaul brought the case against the West Bend Wis.-based company.
The machines mirror the video slot machines typically found in casinos, Kaul alleged. They differ from slots only in that a few cell phone chargers are attached to them, he said.
The kiosks have appeared in gas stations and convenience stores throughout Wisconsin,
The Supreme Court rejected Quick Charge Kiosk’s argument that attaching charging cords and a free play option rendered the machines lawful.
Instead, the high court held unanimously that Quick Charge Kiosk’s machines are illegal gambling because they allow customers to wager money on the chance to win valuable cash prizes.
The kiosks include ad-based and coin-operated machines, according to the Quick Charge website.
Quick Charge’s pitch on the website is, “Quick Charge Kiosks are going to change the way patrons in your establishment charge their cell phones. Just about everyone has a cell phone, and when they need to be charged, it’s often a hassle to find a way to do it. With a Quick Charge Kiosk, charging a phone is not only convenient, but it allows your establishment to make money as well.”
“Today’s decision prevents the unlawful expansion of gambling into our local gas stations,” said Kaul, who described the victory as a “noteworthy case.”
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