Country Crossing Employees Have Harsh Words for Gov. Riley

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

More than a thousand Country Crossing employees woke up this morning and weren't sure if they still had a job.

Many workers are fed up with this controversy and especially with Governor Riley.

“You don't even want to know what I think about him, I can't tell you that on TV, I’m sorry,” said Country Crossing employee Helen Hutchinson.

Many Country Crossing employees aren't happy with Alabama Governor Bob Riley.

“I think Riley needs to be impeached right now; I think he needs to behind bars.
I think he's a crook,” said Country Crossing supporter Dee Yeager.

Several employees gathered across the street from the entertainment complex.

They’re speaking out against the actions of Governor Riley's illegal gaming task force.

“I think it's uncalled for, unnecessary. We have asked the governor to come down several times come in and check the machines out and he doesn’t want to do it, he doesn’t want to do it the right way and I’m mad!” added Hutchinson.

Employees say one missed day of work sets them behind.

“I woke up at 4 o’clock this morning and was like ‘I don't have a job’, like that's my livelihood like not only did have to miss a day of work but I have to rearrange my checkbook now,” said Country Crossing employee Brandy Knotts.

“I didn't wake up expecting to wonder how I’m going to be paying next month's bills and wondering how I’m going to sit there and feed my kids,” said Country Crossing employee Jessika Harris.

“I have a lot of friends out here that are single parents that have little kids and they were out here crying this morning because they have no job now. They can't feed their kids they have no money to pay their rent,” said Hutchinson.

“There are so many families that depend on their jobs here,” added Harris.

For now, all the employees can do is watch...and wait.

I don't know, I don't even know if I have a job tomorrow,” said Country Crossing employee Kayla Gordon.

Governor Riley says it doesn't matter how many people work at the facility because he says the machines at country crossing are illegal.

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  • by debbie Location: Baker hill on Feb 8, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    My family and I truly support Country Crossings and Ronnie Gilley.
  • by Michael Location: Eufaula on Feb 8, 2010 at 05:56 PM
    MY opinion is that Alabama is behind the times. It should be up to each individual person to decide if they want to play e-bingo or not. I feel like there are certain laws in Alabama that are a violation of rights. Everyone talks about sins and laws. God gave us free will, llet us use it. The sad truth is that the majority of people in this world are out for themselves. Another sad truth is most people in Alabama go to other states to play lotto and to do other forms of gambling. You cant stop that. You migth as well keep it in Alabama for the peope in our state to reap the benifits. All in ALL IF YOU DONT LIKE IT STAY AWAY FROM IT!!!!!!! I DONT SEE ANYONE PROTESTING STRIP CLUBS.
  • by Observer Location: Wiregrass on Feb 2, 2010 at 04:02 PM
    It really feels bad to live in the vicinity of so many idiots. "let us vote.." who is STOPPING you. get your reps to SPONSOR LEGISLATION.. the gov has no say in that.. "so many jobs..." there are a lot of jobs in dope dealing too.. just as illegal as slot machines. you wanna work there and take the same chances ae working for gilley or macgregor ? I sure don't see anyone asking WHY all of CC was closed when the ONLY problem were the "bingo" machines. Supposedly this is a family oriented place.. full of enterttainment for the entire family. why was the rest of the facility closed ? your own employer tossed you out. and you STILL believe their lies... yet blame LAW ENFORCEMENT for closing down illegal activities or equipment.
  • by Jason Location: dothan on Feb 1, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    No rights and no jobs, this is worse than florida
  • by jason Location: Dothan on Feb 1, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    If everything else in the world has been allowed to evolve then why not bingo. Does anyone remember before there was internet? Was the invention of the light bulb the devil's work? No one is going to hell over that. If is declared illegal then i move to make all games of chance illegal, including the ones that happen in our churches and schools. And for the record I can call names if I choose to. It's my choice (freedom of speech) keep that in mind because people fight for that right every day. I think the right to vote should be given back to the people. I just hope we can decide on this soon so I can get on with my life. Please Riley give me a reason to move away from here!
  • by Donna Location: Houston County on Feb 1, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    Please Everyone pray for Gov.Bob Riley and D.A. John Tyson Psalms 109:8
  • by Patty Location: Cottonwood on Feb 1, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    This is enough to make you cry!!! Over one thousand people could be standing in the unemployment office soon. Isn't the unemployment rate high enough? Thank you Mr. Riley. As a registered voter I say enough is enough. Put your time to better use. Stop hurting the little people.
  • by rick Location: alabama on Jan 31, 2010 at 10:01 PM
    Riley thinks he is above the Law. Time to start official investigation of his actions. WE THE PEOPLE of Alabama are asking Mr King to do the job you were elected to do. Investigatate riley and his THUGS...
  • by Cortez Crenshaw Location: Dothan, AL on Jan 31, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    This harrassment by Gov. Riley is really affecting peoples lives. One day, we have our jobs; the next day we don't. Truly, you can't say you support Riley because he's not doing anything about the jobs in Alabama. Riley cares only for himself and not others; in people are really getting sick of his high school childish games. In honestly, there are some "WORDS" I could say but that wouldn't do anything. I KNOW FOR A FACT; "I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TERM IN OFFICES RILEY CAUSE THIS WILL BE THE ONLY OFFICES YOU WORK IN. SO YOU BETTER CALL MY "BIG BOSS" (RONNIE GILLEY)FOR A JOB REAL SOON." I SUPPORT COUNTRY CROSSING; OUT WITH BOB RILEY. RONNIE GILLEY, WE SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY AND BELIEVE YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN WHEN THIS IS OVER; COME JOIN US AT LORRIE MORGAN HOT CHICKEN FOR A EXCELLENT MOUTH WATERING MEAL THAT WILL KEEP YOU WANTING MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by jb Location: dothan on Jan 31, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    First of all lets take this whole thing to the courts and end it. Second, bingo in all forms then need to be removed from this state even in the churches since it is considered gambling, raffles in schools need to end, etc. Third all religious groups need to stay out of politics there is a thing called separation of church and state. If the religious groups want to be involved then take away their tax shelter and tax them accordingly then they can have their opinion as a group. The first amendment does protect freedom of speech but that is for individuals. Fourth, what riley tried to do the other day is a violation of federal law by trying to enter country crossing and victoryland without a warrant. He needs to be prosecuted for that. 5th riley has been spent a large amount of man power and money by trying this raid and jeopardized people's lives by pulling state troopers off the roads to sit at a road stop not including spending ridicuolous amounts of money to go to pasadena.
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