Man claims carnival game was scam after losing $2K, winning large banana
(WBZ-TV)–A New Hampshire man said his trip to the carnival was a horror show when he ended up losing his life savings.
Henry Gribbohm claimed he was conned out of his life savings of $2,600 on a carnival game. He said all he won was a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.
“You’re expecting the kids to win a few things, let the kids have a good time, it just didn’t turn out that way,” Gribbohm said.
Gribbohm said he attended a Manchester Carnival run by Fiesta Shows and wanted to win an Xbox Kinect at a game called “Tubs of Fun,” where contestants toss balls into a tub. When he practiced, he said it was easy, but something changed when he started playing and the balls kept popping out.
“It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged,” Gribbohm stated.
Gribbohm said he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes. Then, he said he went home to get $2,300 more and soon lost all that as well.
Fiesta Shows said the game is run by an independent contractor who has worked for Fiesta for years. Officials said they are interviewing the contractor to see what happened.
Gribbohm said he went back the next day to complain and the man running the game gave him back $600. He left with the banana and the cash, and filed a report with the Manchester Police Department.
“For once in my life, I happened to become that sucker,” Gribbohm said.
Police said they’re investigating to determine if there was any fraud. Meanwhile, Gribbohm said he’s considering a lawsuit.