Man Banned From Yelling 'Bingo'
Austin Whaley can't utter word for 6 months, says judge
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2013 2:11 PM CDT
Updated Mar 23, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
In this photo taken Tuesday, April 10, 2012, a completed Bingo card is handed to an attendant.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(Newser) – Bingo is serious stuff. Or so Austin Whaley likely now knows. The 18-year-old Kentuckian has been barred by a judge from uttering the word "bingo" for six months after he falsely did just that last month. As the Kentucky Enquirer explains, Whaley was working security at a Covington bingo hall when he yelled the game-ending word. A police officer cited him for second-degree disorderly conduct, explaining that Whaley "delayed the game by several minutes and caused alarm to patrons."

Those patrons, which were mainly elderly women, apparently began "yelling and cussing" once they realized what had happened. But the women weren't the only ones Whaley crossed: The officer says he would have let him off with a slap on the wrist, but the teen refused to apologize, leading to the citation. "He seemed to think he could say whatever he wanted because it was a public building," says the officer. "You can’t go into a ballpark and yell 'out,' because people could stop the game." (In other weird-crime news, a Wisconsin man has been barred from "all the libraries on the face of the Earth.")

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Mar 24, 2013 2:10 AM CDT
Mar 23, 2013 7:31 PM CDT
There is something wrong with this generation of children. It all stems from Bush W. He corrupted America so badly that children do not know right from wrong. Children do not even know how to apologize or even think they have to.
Mar 23, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
I lot of 'mericans' fail to recognize the fact that an individual's rights do not extend into the place that craps on another's rights. You have the right to swing your arms in public... you don't have the right to hit somebody else while you do it.