Guy Loses All His Money ... to Carnival Game

But hey, at least Henry Gribbohm has a giant stuffed banana

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2013 2:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – Most of us know carnival games are scams, but Henry Gribbohm learned that particular life lesson the hard way—by losing his life savings in a desperate attempt to successfully toss a ball into a tub. The New Hampshire man was trying to win an Xbox Kinect by playing Tubs of Fun at the Manchester carnival, and quickly found himself down $300. (He was apparently going "double or nothing" in an attempt to win his money back.) This is where the story gets really weird: He then went home, and returned with all of his remaining money, $2,300 ... which he also lost. He ended up filing a police report and is considering a lawsuit.

The game seemed so easy when he practiced it, Gribbohm explains to CBS Boston, but when he played for the prize, the balls wouldn't stay in the tub. "It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged," says the 30-year-old dad, though he adds—in what may be the understatement of the year—"It was foolish for putting up my life savings." Fiesta Shows, which ran the carnival, is interviewing the independent contractor who ran the game, and the police are also investigating the possibility of fraud. As for Gribbohm, he went back the next day to complain and $600 was returned to him. Plus, he won a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

Henry Gribbohm is shown with the giant stuffed banana he won.
Henry Gribbohm is shown with the giant stuffed banana he won.   (CBS Local)
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