Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Words fail me sometimes. They really do.

NH Man Loses Life Savings On Carnival Game
EPSOM, NH (CBS) – 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.”
My kids are 9 and 12. They both know that the carnival games are rigged. They also know that an Xbox Kinect goes for a lot less than $2,600. None of us had ever heard of a carnival game going "double or nothing". I also like how he went back to the game the next day, got some of his money back, and *then* went to the police. Brother, you're lucky you got any money back - that part actually surprised me.

Now, look. I totally understand how it happens. I've been caught in a bidding war on eBay, and sometimes common sense goes right out the window when "OMG that rat-bastard outbid me at the last second!" We're competitive animals. We feel the need to prove ourselves the winner in any undertaking in which we partake. Sometimes we let the competitive nature overrule common sense.

But ye gods, man, keep a sense of perspective.

What worries me is that now someone somewhere is going to feel the need to "do something". That should be the scariest phrase in the English language; doubly so if spoken by an elected official. Someone is most likely drafting a "Temporary Amusement Setting Interactive Gaming Fairness Act" or something equally long-winded and stupid as we speak. The fact that some people lose their collective sh!t and can't control themselves isn't enough - because we're coming more and more to view government as the entity that protects us from ourselves.

Sometimes, you just have to say, "I have a problem"...

That is all.

6 comments:

Rifleman762 said...

Thank God Gunbroker has the 15-minute rule on bidding at the last second or we'd all be out our life savings...

Ancient Woodsman said...

Not to rag too much on my own state, but there does seem to be something in the water in Epsom.

Just sayin'

Dave H said...

I'm sure somebody will prpopse a law limiting the amount a player can risk in one day. I'm equally sure the state lottery will be exempted. (Government hates competition, you know.)

Robert said...

Life savings of $2,600? Dude, I have more than that and I make minimum wage. Wow.

Ed and Jackie said...

Pro Tip: The guys at the game will sell you the prizes outright if you ask, about 9/10 times. Learned that when I was about 10 years old somewhere and have used it at every county fair since. Back then, I wanted the cool knife at the back that's near impossible to win? "Excuse me, I'm going to have to leave soon, how much for that knife third in on the back row?" Now: "Excuse me, my little girl really wants that blue and green stuffed frog up there but we need to keep moving before naptime. What will you take for it?"

Crotalus said...

Send in the clown. Don't bother. He's here.