Thirty-year-old Henry Gribbohm of Espsom, New Hampshire is nothing if not persistent. I mean, when a man loses his life savings at a carnival and the only thing he has to show for it is a giant banana with dreadlocks, you'd expect him to give up. Not Henry. He may have literally and figuratively thrown away $2,600, but he's on a mission to prove the game, in which contestants toss a softball-like ball into a tub-like tub, is rigged.
While many people would say, Yeah, no shit it's rigged, Sherlock, Henry might be able to get the last laugh. In fact, he's already set an investigation in motion.
The carnival isn't allowed to feature its Tubs of Fun game until they've been cleared by authorities. If there's real fraud involved, and not just your normal carnival trickery, Henry might have a case.
You gotta admire the man's determination, but you also have to wonder if he's never played an amusement park game before.
Of course the game seems easy enough, but that's the whole point. You think you'll win that giant stuffed animal for $3 after you knock over a seemingly innocuous set of pins, or throw a seemingly large disc around a seemingly small bottle top, or toss a seemingly normal softball into a seemingly normal tub, BUT NO. It's not that simple and usually after spending $12 or so, people get the hint and walk away with the small, participation stuffed animal.
Henry didn't give up so easily and kept doubling down, trying to win his money back, until he went dead broke. When he returned the next day, the Tubs of Fun worker felt so bad for him, he actually reimbursed Henry $600.
The poor guy learned the hard way that those Tubs of Fun were really Tubs of HOLY MOTHER OF ZEUS WHY ISN'T THE BALL STAYING IN?!?!
But, maybe Henry has a point. Maybe the games are egregiously rigged, and something needs to be done. If justice is going to be served, though, I think I'm owed a white unicorn with a pink, sparkly leash from Fun Land in Rehoboth Beach. Those floating rubber duckies with the hidden marks on their bellies were too elusive.
Fight the good fight for all of us, Henry.
Watch the incredible news story. It feels satirical, but it isn't:
What do you think -- does Henry have a point, or no?
Photo via WBZTV
Pens, pencils, markers, etc.