A designer wallet, designer glasses, luxury creams, the keys to a Volvo and a receipt for a pair of shirts for 1,200 euros: the owner of this bag is in a good mood. She carries two casino loyalty cards. Would it be someone who is happy in the game? A winner? Is that how she earns her money?
Maybe she’s a professional poker player. Or even more exciting: the type who outsmarts the roulette: a stunning woman who – just like in a classic Hollywood movie – knows how to bankrupt the casino. Or better yet, a brilliant statistician in a cocktail dress, who leaves everyone stunned as she parades out of the casino with her Louis Vuitton purse full of laundered mafia money. That would be nice.
But unfortunately the Five Star Casino, of which this bag owner has a card, is not in Los Angeles, but just in Oosterhout. This isn’t a movie, it’s real life. In real life she may not be a professional gambler, but she is experienced. Because she also owns the Holland Casino Diamond Card. And you only get that if you have visited the gaming room twenty-five times.
Maybe she was secretly laundering some money. That could be. But it probably doesn’t get any more exciting than that. More likely, she’s just playing for fun, just to let off some steam after work. Because this is the purse of someone who is always available: someone who carries her phone with him on a mother-of-pearl cord. It’s the bag of a career woman who can’t afford to be unreachable.
This woman is a winner, professionally. And apparently that is well deserved. But that theory remains a gamble, of course.
A version of this article also appeared in NRC in the morning of October 15, 2021