May 6, 2013
New Hampshire Man Spends $2,600 On A Banana
What do carnivals, bananas, dreadlocks, and $2,600 USD have in common?
A New Hampshire man with a gambling problem, that’s what.
According to CBS Boston, “Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings, $2,600, on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.”
“You’re expecting the kids to win a few things, let the kids have a good time,” said Gribbohm. “It just didn’t turn out that way.”
He set out to win big. His intentions were to head to the Manchester carnival run by New Hampshire-based Fiesta Shows and bring home an Xbox Kinect playing a game called Tubs of Fun.
The Tubs of Fun game seems easy enough. You throw a ball into a circular tub that looks to be about two feet in diameter. The tub is mounted on a board that’s angled back at what looks to be 60 or so degrees, so the ball can easily bounce back out after being thrown.
Gribbohm says when he practiced it was easy, but something changed when he started playing for the prize, and the balls kept popping out.
“It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged,” he explained.
After losing a few rounds, he decided to keep going double or nothing in an attempt to just win his money back. $300 USD later, he headed back home to pick up his life savings of $2,300 USD.
“You just get caught up in the whole ‘I’ve got to win my money back,’” and this is why I said he’s got a gambling problem.
I’m just as competitive as the next guy, probably more so, in fact, but it would be a cold day in hell before I threw away thousands of dollars trying to win a prize that retails for $100 USD or so.
According to Fiesta Shows, an independent contractor who has worked for Fiesta for years runs the game.
Fiesta tells WBZ-TV it’s interviewing the contractor who runs Tubs of Fun in an attempt to “get to the bottom of what happened” and the game won’t be set up at the upcoming carnival in nearby Derry.
“They’ve been with us quite a while,” said Fiesta Vice President John Flynn. “First I ever heard of anything like that.”
“I know it’s a difficult game. I’ve tried it myself — I’ve done it once, missed probably 20 times,” he said.
“Henry says he went back the next day to complain, and the man running the game gave him back $600. Henry split with the banana and the cash, and filed a report with the Manchester Police Department.”
According to Manchester Police Lieutenant Maureen Tessier, the department is investigating to see if there was any foul play.
“For once in my life I happened to become that sucker,” said Gribbohm. “It was foolish for putting up my life savings.”
According to the CBS report, he’s considering a lawsuit, but with what money? He spent his lifesavings on a giant stuffed banana, and lawyers don’t take stuffed animals (or fruits) as payment, that’s for sure.
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