Iowa Bar Busted for Mouse Racing

Rodent races were good clean fun, insists gambling ring's big cheese
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2011 9:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police acting on a tip busted an illegal mouse-racing operation in an Iowa tavern. The owner, cited for allowing gambling without a license as well as health code violations and serving alcohol to minors, says the rodent races, in which patrons levied bets of $1 to $2 per mouse, were just for fun and the mice are well treated. "It's not like they are getting ate, if you're a loser you die. Not like that at all," he told WQAD. "There's no meth heads or makers around here, you just gotta mess with the mouse racers," he added.

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And the Bucktail Lounge had at least one slightly unintelligible rule in place to keep things clean: "Nobody gets beyond the pool table if drinking a beer, so if a mouse can jump out of there [the race track] go run and drop a turd in his beer he's doing something." When not racing the several dice mice live in aquariums, say their owners. (And in other weird crime news...)

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