The Bingo hall is pretty much the last place you'd expect to see the cops roll up with the blue light flashing. Now try telling that to the 72-year-old woman who got punched in the lunch line by a feisty 80-year-old Bingo opponent! These were no gentle geriatrics!
Apparently the younger of the two, a spry 72-year-old, was eager to get back to her game, and she was urging the 80-year-old to get a move on. When that didn't work to hurry the octogenarian, she resorted to name-calling. And, well, you know what happened next.
To paraphrase LL Cool J, Grandma said knock you out!
Next thing you know, cops are involved. At a Bingo hall!
Oh, and if you poke around the web, it turns out this is pretty common. Just a few weeks ago some elderly Bingo fans in New Hampshire battled it out over some Avon products (seriously ... I wish I'd made that up!). In January, high schoolers who probably thought they had a low-key fundraiser on their hands were surprised when the caller was brought up on charges for allegedly choking one of the 65-year-old Bingo players!
And just for poops and giggles, go ahead and Google "old ladies BINGO fight." There are some, ahem, interesting videos out there, but these two serious Bingo biddies are a hoot.
I'm not sure what it says about me that I'm this amused by fisticuffs at the Bingo hall. Am I age-ist? I hope not.
It's not that I'm making fun of the elderly here so much as I am giggling at the departure from the vision of Bingo halls that I've always had in my mind's eye. When I think of those places, I envision a bunch of the kind old retirees who hung out at my childhood church, the same folks who would change out the flowers on the altar and take the tickets at the pancake breakfasts. We're not talking a hot bed of criminal activity, y'all.
Of course, that's probably why cops let these ladies off with a warning ...
Be honest: what do you think of old ladies battling it out at Bingo? Does it make you laugh?
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