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Video: Man loses life savings on … carnival game

posted at 10:41 am on April 30, 2013 by

And you thought the Lotto had bad odds! At least this guy ended up with a Rastafarian banana in exchange for every cent he had in the world.

Look, if the game was rigged, it should be investigated — and the fact that the operator willingly coughed up $600 in a refund suggests that he didn’t want any scrutiny on that question. But no one forced this man to lose the initial $300, and certainly not to go home to empty his savings account and lose another $2300.

Here’s a question … why not go home and get the $300 for the Xbox and go to a retail store instead?

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You can’t protect against stupid. No law in the world can do that.

Meryl Yourish on April 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Tubs of Dumb

Shy Guy on April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Life savings of only about $3k? That might’ve been a flag to begin with.

Ukiah on April 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

That scam is as old as the hills.

Here it is being demonstrated on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnK1oQh0r1E

There’s one born a minute.

Capt_Nemo on April 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Trash. “Maybe your only purpose in life is to serve as warning to others.”

antisense on April 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

You can’t protect against stupid. No law in the world can do that.

Meryl Yourish on April 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Yep! Though it won’t stop the progressives from trying!

GWB on April 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Life savings of only about $3k? That might’ve been a flag to begin with.

Ukiah on April 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Well, it’s possible he had something else happen that drained a lot of it, but yeah…probably shouldn’t be spending anything on carnival games, period.

changer1701 on April 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Nothingburger.

landlines on April 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Now that’s a father with priorities!

ButterflyDragon on April 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

What an idiot. What a complete and total idiot.

princetrumpet on April 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

“Here’s a question … why not go home and get the $300 for the Xbox and go to a retail store instead?”

Uhhhhhhh, cuz he’s a moron?

Dopenstrange on April 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

How devoid of entertainment does your life have to be before you find yourself playing carnival games?

JohnGalt23 on April 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Show of hands, who thinks this moron’s lifestyle is subsidized?

roy_batty on April 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

How devoid of entertainment does your life have to be before you find yourself playing carnival games?

JohnGalt23 on April 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Ayeah, having a few plays WHEN the carnival is running in your area is one thing but coming back like this??? Ever heard of the Internet dude?

Show of hands, who thinks this moron’s lifestyle is subsidized?

roy_batty on April 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

*raises hand*

MelonCollie on April 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

I wanted the reporter to ask the guy, “What the hell is wrong with you?”

RadClown on April 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Wife beater & tattoos.
Yeah, probably living off the government’s dole, which made his savings easier to pi$$ away.

22044 on April 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Bambi does the same thing with money for “green companies”. The only differences are the scale and who gets fleeced.

PackerBronco on April 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Well, they certainly separated this fool from his money.

mintycrys on April 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Life savings of only about $3k? That might’ve been a flag to begin with.

Ukiah on April 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Well, it’s possible he had something else happen that drained a lot of it, but yeah…probably shouldn’t be spending anything on carnival games, period.

changer1701 on April 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Normally I would agree with you that something else might’ve brought down his savings to this point, especially in this economy. But in the context of the guy spending the last of it on a carnival game? Yeah… guy makes poor life decisions, hard to feel sorry for him. Maybe he needs a bailout.

Yikes, can you imagine if this were one of his better decisions in life???

Ukiah on April 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

You can’t protect against stupid. No law in the world can do that.

Meryl Yourish on April 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I believe Ron White’s line is – “you can’t fix stupid”.

If Darwin was allowed to do his job, this moron would never reproduce.
Unfortunately this guy is the poster boy for libtard voters.
The Idiocracy is here.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

You can’t protect against stupid. No law in the world can do that.

Meryl Yourish on April 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Have you tried telling the Loathsome Nanny-State Mayor?

Mr. Prodigy on April 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

A large percentage of the population can drain their life savings at the gas station. Many of them do it each and every day. And when all of these paycheck-to-paycheck people get to be about 70 and can’t work anymore, the s is really gonna’ hit the fan.

gregbert on April 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Have you tried telling the Loathsome Nanny-State Mayor?

Mr. Prodigy on April 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Nanny Bloomy wouldn’t accept that. He thinks he actually can write enough laws to save idiots from themselves.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

“He kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing”…

And how did that plan work out for you?

gekkobear on April 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Why would anyone admit to doing this?

msflea on April 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

“He kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing”…

And how did that plan work out for you?

gekkobear on April 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Now THAT sounds like Obarky- especially with his “green energy” bets. Except Obarky gets kickbacks on his bets.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Now THAT sounds like Obarky- especially with his “green energy” bets. Except Obarky gets kickbacks on his bets.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM

AND, Obarky was using OUR money, and not his own, for his bets….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

A fool and his money are soon parted. If that were not true, there would be no carnival games (or Democrats).

Odysseus on April 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Why would anyone admit to doing this?

msflea on April 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Ha! Double or nothing on stupid too?

anuts on April 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Ok, well, ummm….

Was at a Paramount amusement park with the wife and kids. While the wife and daughter were on a ride, my son and I had some time to kill. Just for the hell of it, we played one of those water gun games where you shoot water into a hole, it hits a switch, and the switch runs a set of lights or something. First person to turn on all of their lights wins. First game and I win a stuffed Pokemon. Yay! My son loves Pokemon! Good stuff. But then the little urchin points out that if we don’t get one for his sister, she’s gonna freak out.

Spent another $25 winning the second damn Pokemon. Guy running the game offered to sell me one for $20 — apparently the park allows that sort of thing — but I defiantly said that was not the point.

When I finally won the second Pokemon, a little kid at the far end of the game cried because he lost.

That was the best part.

Lickmuffin on April 30, 2013 at 1:33 PM

This guy is going to be really bummed out when he get an email from the widow of some central African government official looking for a trusted foreign person with whom to park her $8 million her husband scammed before his untimely death.

alchemist19 on April 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Why would anyone admit to doing this?

msflea on April 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I’d bet Romney’s $10K there’s a Hollywood producer already calling him about a reality show.

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Why would anyone admit to doing this?

msflea on April 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Not just admit to it, but go on TV walking around with a Rastafarian banana! Cripes, he might as well have a beanie with a propeller on his head. The baby stroller, wife-beater, and tattoos don’t help either. Just think, he’s raising kids, probably has a driver’s license, and is eligible to vote.

RadClown on April 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

and is eligible to vote.

RadClown on April 30, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Of course – How do ya think we got Obumble?
This guy is the ideal Dem low-info / low-IQ voter.

“Here’s yer sign – $1 each or 2 for $5″

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I’m at a loss for words. The carny should be allowed to keep the money. It is not like he forced that moron to spend all his money on a silly little game. If he gets it back, he’ll learn nothing.

Show of hands, who thinks this moron’s lifestyle is subsidized?

roy_batty on April 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

*raises hand*

BigGator5 on April 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

With the throw balls into a tub kind of game, the trick is to have the ball going with as little forward momentum as possible when it lands in the tub, ideally right on the lip. That way it lands soft and the ball does not hit the back of the tub as hard and bounce out. Kind of like a flop shot in golf. The reason why he was winning earlier when practicing was the operator was probably letting him throw to a tub at an angle, not one right in front of him. When it was time to play for real, then the guy needed to be throwing at a tub right in front of him.

Dont ask me how I know this stuff.

AndrewsDad on April 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Dont ask me how I know this stuff.

AndrewsDad on April 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Did you make a lot of money or lose a lot?
;)

Ya – all these games have tricks to them, if they’re not outright rigged. When I was in HS, a friend had a job running the ring the bell with the big hammer game at a local beach amusement park (Old Orchard Beach, Maine – if any of you know it), and he showed a few of us the trick for that one – had to hit the pad on the inside edge with the hammer. If you hit it square it wouldn’t do much no matter how hard you hit it. It was a blast hanging out there and in between big guys paying to do it and losing, this skinny kid (me) would get up and ring the bell a few times. Some of the big guys got really pissed.

Although, I think the best one is Larry the Cable Guy’s “I can guess your bra size” game….

dentarthurdent on April 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

On the plus side, you can’t just go out and buy a rastafarian banana.

Chuck Schick on April 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM