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Man loses life savings on carnival game (New Hampshire)
Yahoo ^ | 4-30-13 | Dylan Stableford

Posted on 05/01/2013 3:16:18 PM PDT by dynachrome

A New Hampshire man who thought he had a decent ball toss says he lost his life savings—or about $2,600—playing a carnival game he claims was rigged.

Henry Gribbohm told WBZ-TV that he was attempting to win an Xbox Kinect at the Manchester carnival when things went awry.

The 30-year-old from Epsom, N.H., was playing a game called Tubs of Fun in which contestants toss balls into a tub, but the balls kept popping out.

“It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged,” Gribbohm said. “You just get caught up in the whole ‘I’ve got to win my money back.’”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: cantfixstupid; carnies; heyrube; newhampshire
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Life savings = $2600
1 posted on 05/01/2013 3:16:18 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

A rigged carnival game? You learn something every day.


2 posted on 05/01/2013 3:17:52 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: dainbramaged

Captain Obvious didn’t get to him in time.


3 posted on 05/01/2013 3:18:50 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: dynachrome

I guess it was this guy’s first time to the fair.


4 posted on 05/01/2013 3:19:35 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: dynachrome; dainbramaged

I am so lucky I didn’t have a mouthful of coffee when I read your comments.


5 posted on 05/01/2013 3:20:55 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: dynachrome

30 year old man... Xbox... life savings of $2600...carnival game...

(do we see any type of pattern emerging from this data??)


6 posted on 05/01/2013 3:21:04 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: dynachrome

‘Occupy’ carnival!


7 posted on 05/01/2013 3:22:45 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: dynachrome

>> “Life savings = $2600” <<

Yes, he was a big investor.


8 posted on 05/01/2013 3:23:09 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: dynachrome

Well, if the carny wasn’t too busy laughing, he might have considered telling the man he was too stupid to play anymore.


9 posted on 05/01/2013 3:23:16 PM PDT by Safrguns (PM me if you like to play Minecraft!)
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To: dynachrome

A rigged carnival game. A wet ocean. Who knew?


10 posted on 05/01/2013 3:23:43 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: dynachrome
"Captain Obvious"...LOL!

I mean, "hmmmm...what was he thinking??!"

D'you suppose he's an Obama voter?

11 posted on 05/01/2013 3:23:48 PM PDT by 88keys (truth will out...eventually...)
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To: BwanaNdege

>> “30 year old man... Xbox... life savings of $2600...carnival game...

(do we see any type of pattern emerging from this data??)” <<

.
R A C I S S !


12 posted on 05/01/2013 3:24:51 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: dynachrome

Definitely NOT a prepper


13 posted on 05/01/2013 3:25:08 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: dynachrome

I worked carnivals a couple of times.
I would not go so far as to say the games are “rigged”.
But the odds and presentation are definitely all against the mark.


14 posted on 05/01/2013 3:25:28 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: dynachrome

MAYBE someone will come up with $2600 *or the giant banana with dreadlocks he DID win. New Hampshire’s new motto should
be “Live *ree so you can lose your li*e savings at a carnival”


15 posted on 05/01/2013 3:28:02 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: dynachrome
OK . . . maybe I'm missing something . . . but couldn't he have taken some of that $2600 and just bought himself an Xbox, and had money left over?
16 posted on 05/01/2013 3:29:24 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: BwanaNdege

30 year old man... Xbox... life savings of $2600...carnival game...

Mom’s basement


17 posted on 05/01/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: dynachrome

Don’t be too critical of this guy. I also lost my life savings at the carnival...twice. Once when I was 11. The second time I was older and got out of the deal with court-ordered monthly payments. But that was a little different situation. (fiction) HA!


18 posted on 05/01/2013 3:30:42 PM PDT by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: dynachrome

When I was a 22 year old punk kid I worked for a brick layer. Hod carrier. Busted my ass for an entire week and was paid $100.00. Went to the fair and blew the whole thing trying to win a crooked game. Learned a hard lesson there. I was sick for a week.


19 posted on 05/01/2013 3:32:14 PM PDT by lardog ( Obama should be locked up.)
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To: dynachrome

Back around 1963-64, I saw a local man loose $20.00 on a carnival game. Back then that was the equivalent of three days pay!

He was determined to win his wife a clock at a game where you spin the spinner and attempt to hit the “win” slot.

He played and played, his wife tried to get him to quit! He was determined. but eventually she grabbed his arm and forced him away from the game.

As I watched I saw the carnies exchange glances with each other and with a small smirk on their faces grab up the money.


20 posted on 05/01/2013 3:33:46 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: dynachrome
Cool banana though ...

If it were real, you could feed your family for a week or so ...

21 posted on 05/01/2013 3:35:21 PM PDT by x
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To: TurboZamboni
‘Occupy’ carnival!

Nah, an Occu-patsy wouldn't have had $2600 - - and would already have the X-box.

22 posted on 05/01/2013 3:35:23 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby.)
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To: dynachrome

Hey, but he’s got $2000 worth of tats, so at least he’s got that going for him.


23 posted on 05/01/2013 3:37:15 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: supremedoctrine

I spent 20 bucks when I was a teen trying to win the hot chick date a teddy bear at the county fair.
I noticed he would reach behind the cats you had to knock down on every other cat when new game began! toss was .50 last toss I had only .50 left! we would just slide the coins back and forth till I needed change. Last toss I slid coins back to me and he didn’t notice. So that gave me one more!
At that point I saw one of my LEO friends and pointed him out and said this game is rigged, do you want to talk to Barney?
He said here’s your bear please leave!


24 posted on 05/01/2013 3:37:27 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: dynachrome

Stuck on STUPID!!!!


25 posted on 05/01/2013 3:38:42 PM PDT by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: BwanaNdege

30 year old man... Xbox... life savings of $2600...carnival game...

(do we see any type of pattern emerging from this data??)

Typical O’bummer supporter. I’m surprised he didnt demand that he win a prize every time he played or he’d get an attorney. Too bad the world is going to have to go to complete hell because of these self-entitled clueless Satan loving scumbags so they can finally get a clue that they’re not as “special” as Mommy told them they were.


26 posted on 05/01/2013 3:39:02 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: dynachrome

I have often wondered why sheriff’s allow those carnival games. They are clearly engaged in illegal activity.

I recall when I was in college one of my friends lost every cent he had on him at the one where you toss the ball at a bulls eye hoping the ball falls into a hole in the bottom of the basket.

He would hit two in a row but always miss with the 3rd one. Despite my standing there telling him it was rigged, he kept on trying win back what he had lost.


27 posted on 05/01/2013 3:41:32 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: dynachrome

I did the same thing when I was nine...


28 posted on 05/01/2013 3:45:34 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Leftist, Progressive, Socialist, Communist, fundamentalist Islamic policies, the death of a nation.)
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To: dynachrome

Yes, that’s a red flag for sure.

Another red flag... guy spends $2600 to win an XBox that has a retail price of $300-400.

Another red flag... guy loses $2600 before realizing the game is rigged.

Looks like we’ve got a genuwine genius on our hands.


29 posted on 05/01/2013 3:45:49 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Damifino

I had the same thought, except the court ordered part.


30 posted on 05/01/2013 3:46:45 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Leftist, Progressive, Socialist, Communist, fundamentalist Islamic policies, the death of a nation.)
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To: dynachrome

Je must have taken lessons from obama.


31 posted on 05/01/2013 3:49:14 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: BwanaNdege

-— do we see any type of pattern emerging from this data??) -—

Obama voter.

I once paid $0.25 once to see a stuffed Big Foot at the state fair. It was worth every penny.


32 posted on 05/01/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: FreedomPoster

Right, those are only going to appreciate in value, too!


33 posted on 05/01/2013 3:55:38 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: dynachrome
carnival game difficulty is directly proportional to the value of the prize, even when it's not rigged...
34 posted on 05/01/2013 3:56:35 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: dynachrome

That’s called gambling, Henry. The same thing happens to people who are “just trying to get their money back” in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.


35 posted on 05/01/2013 4:00:51 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight
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To: Boogieman

No 911 call?


36 posted on 05/01/2013 4:01:59 PM PDT by Justa
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To: Boogieman
Another red flag... guy spends $2600 to win an XBox that has a retail price of $300-400.

Between this and a couple of other articles on this topic, it seems like after a while, he wasn't playing for the Xbox - he was playing straight up for cash. This article quotes him as saying "You just get caught up in the whole ‘I’ve got to win my money back,’” and a couple of others quote him as saying that he was playing double-or-nothing (which would explain how the amount reached $2,600).

If that's the case, I wouldn't be surprised if the NH gaming board (or State AG) got involved - according to a quick search, it looks like a business in NH that conducts gambling activities is guilty of a Class B Felony if it has "gross revenue of $2,000 in any single day."

37 posted on 05/01/2013 4:19:42 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: dynachrome

now he wont be able to afford to pay for the insurance Obama mandated he purchase!

LOL


38 posted on 05/01/2013 4:20:23 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: stilloftyhenight
That’s called gambling, Henry. The same thing happens to people who are “just trying to get their money back” in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Difference being, it's legal in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Not so much in New Hampshire. Won't get this idiot his money back (after all, he was gambling too), but may get the carnival in a heap of trouble.

39 posted on 05/01/2013 4:20:56 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: lardog

At 6 or 8 or so I Begged my Dad for $1.00 in Ocean City MD for a “Grab Bag.” Begged and begged. (a bag with a surprise in it.) He finally relented.

Inside, some broken crayons and a doll’s make-up kit. No returns.

Sadness. Feeling I had let him down, and myself. I was totally inconsolable.

I NEVER forgot that day and thank God for those tears, that lesson, and my Dad, bless his soul in Heaven!


40 posted on 05/01/2013 4:23:53 PM PDT by golux
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To: dynachrome

Sigh- If you can’t trust carnies, who can you trust? Seriously, what’s this losers next move- suing the racetrack when his horse doesn’t win?


41 posted on 05/01/2013 4:28:58 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: Damifino
I also lost my life savings at the carnival...twice. Once when I was 11. The second time I was older and got out of the deal with court-ordered monthly payments.

Twice at the ball-toss, no less!


42 posted on 05/01/2013 4:45:54 PM PDT by golux
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To: dynachrome

Carnival games are rigged? Shocked I am. Is there a darwin award for people who didn’t die?


43 posted on 05/01/2013 4:58:42 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

There you go again! Rational thought!


44 posted on 05/01/2013 4:59:03 PM PDT by quilterdebbie (We will endeavor to persevere!)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

Actually he wasn’t gambling. He was being robbed by deceit. The carnival operators were not risking anything.


45 posted on 05/01/2013 4:59:22 PM PDT by yarddog (Truth, Justice, and what was once the American Way.)
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To: Boogieman

He is trying to win an Xbox Kinect attachment which goes for only about $100. He probably already has an Xbox console.


46 posted on 05/01/2013 5:14:17 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: dynachrome
Give the guy a little credit...I know at 30 years old I didn't have a life saving of $2,600...

But I was married with 5 kids...so guess I have an excuse...

47 posted on 05/01/2013 5:52:06 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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Life savings = $2600

About 2 bucks a week for 25 years with no interest. Great plan.

Paging PT Barnum! Emergency call on the emergency red phone!

This guy should have played "toss the golf ball into the wine bottle." Or maybe "balance the cannonball on the point of a pencil."

48 posted on 05/01/2013 6:04:28 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I was 15. I do not gamble period.


49 posted on 05/01/2013 6:04:59 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: dynachrome

I declare Shenanigans.


50 posted on 05/01/2013 6:06:30 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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