Man loses life savings playing carnival game

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by CBS News

KMOV.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 11:05 AM

A New Hampshire man 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, it just didn’t turn out that way,” said Henry Gribbohm.

Gribbhohm says he attended a carnival run by Fiesta Shows and wanted to win an Xbox Kinect at a game called Tubs of Fun, where contestants toss balls into a tub.

When he practiced, he says it was easy. But something changed when he started playing and the balls kept popping out.

"It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged,” he said.

Gribbohm says he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes, then says he went home to get $2,300 dollars more and soon lost all that as well.

“I know it’s a difficult game, I’ve played it myself, I missed 20 times,” said John Flynn, vice president of Fiesta Shows.

Fiesta Shows says the game is run by an independent contractor who’s worked for Fiesta for years. It’s interviewing the contractor to see what happened.

Flynn says he doesn’t believe there were any scams.

“Not that I’m aware of, we’ve had a lot of these operators for years,” he said.

Gribbohm 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 police.

“For once in my life I happened to become that sucker,” he said.

 

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