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Thousands jobless after Allied Veterans of the World cafe crackdown

4:28 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jimmie Melvin is hardly alone in looking for work after finding out on Tuesday his place of employment, Hotspot 40 in Arlington, was raided and shut down.

The crackdown on Allied Veterans of World internet cafes closed scores of operations on the First Coast and throughout the state.

By some estimates, the gaming bust left more than 1,500 jobless, hundreds on the First Coast alone.

"A lot of us have kids. One of my coworkers has a newborn baby, so it's really bad news," said Melvin, a veteran who had been on the job four months.

Melvin said without warning, his life was turned upside down.

When asked if he believes someday the internet cafe that provided him a living will reopen he said, "We are hoping ... it doesn't look good,"

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