The power of social media and the negative effects sometimes caused by the entire world having access to mediums in which anybody with a voice can be heard reared its ugly head recently when a rumor that one of Sheldon Adelson’s casinos was infested with snakes picked up steam via Facebook.
The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania fell victim to the gossip when a resident of that state visited a doctor due to a possible insect bite. The doctor reportedly told the patient that it was a snakebite and asked if he had recently visited the Sands Casino, the Inquisitr reported.
“You’re the 14th patient I’ve had this week who got bit at the Sands,” the doctor said.
Apparently, a Facebook post got misconstrued and it led to many social media visitors believing that the casino had a snake problem. The misunderstanding became so widespread that it forced the casino to issue the following statement:
“There have been no reported incidents of snakes on our property. We do not allow any animals on property with the exception of service animals.”
Somehow, this being the Year of the Snake was believed to be tied in with the rumor advancing to the point that the casino had to comment on it.
Although many may think of Adelson as a snake in the grass for making a fortune on casino gambling but aiming to wipe out online poker and gambling through his Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, there is no truth to the rumors of snakes in his casino.