Man Claims Rigged Carnival Game Cost Him Life Savings
(CNN) — A New Hampshire man says his trip to the carnival was a horror show where he ended up losing his life savings. He claims he was conned at a carnival game.
Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings – $2,600 – on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is this 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,” says Gribbohm.
Gribbohm adds 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, Gribbohm says 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,” he says.
He says he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes, then says he went home to get $2,300 more and soon lost all that as well.
“I know it’s a difficult game. I’ve tried it myself. I’ve done it once, missed probably 20 times,” says John Flynn, vice president of Fiesta Shows.
Fiesta Shows says the game is run by an independent contractor who’s worked for Fiesta for years. It’s interviewing the contractor to see what happened.
“[Are there any scams at all with any of the games?] Not that I’m aware of. We’ve had a lot of these game operators with us for years,” Flynn adds.
The traveling carnival is now setting up in Derry, N.H. but you will not see “Tubs of Fun.” Fiesta says the independent contractor that runs the game is not allowed to set up, while an investigation is taking place.
“Because you get caught up in the whole double or nothing, I’ve got to win my money back,”
Gribbohm says he went back the next day to complain, and the man running the game gave him back $600. He split with the banana and the cash, and filed a report with Manchester Police.
“For once in my life, I happened to become that sucker.”
Police say they’re investigating to determine if there was any fraud. Gribbohm says he’s considering a lawsuit.