New Hampshire man Henry Gribbohm thought he was dropping $300 on a carnival game for the chance to win an Xbox Kinect. As these things tend to go, when he tossed a practice round of “Tubs of Fun” — one of those games where you throw tennis balls into a plastic bucket and try not to get them to bounce out to win a prize — at a Manchester carnival, he thought it was easy. But once he gave the carnies his money, Gribbohm claims “something changed.”
I’ll bet you can guess what happened next: Gribbohm lost all of his money tossing those tennis balls. But you might not guess what happened after that: he went home to get another $2,300 to keep trying to win “Tubs of Fun.” He managed to lose all that money as well. It was his life’s savings.
Gribbohm felt that the game was rigged and went back the next day to complain. The “Tubs of Fun” operator graciously gave him back $600 and a giant, dreadlocked banana. But that was no consolation to Gribbohm. He filed a fraud complaint with Manchester Police, hoping to get all of his money back. “For once in my life, I happened to become that sucker,” Gribbohm said. No word on what he plans to do with the banana.
I think there’s some existential metaphor here, but I don’t know what it is. [Gawker]