Man Loses Life Savings Playing Carnival Game, Wins Giant Banana

On the bright side, he did win a giant banana with dreadlocks.

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One man never imagined he would spend his life savings on a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

Henry Gribbohm, 30, lost $2600 – his entire savings – on a game called Tubs of Fun at a Manchester, NH., carnival. He wanted to win an Xbox Kinect (retail value of around $100), but quickly lost $300 on the game when the balls he tossed, bounced out of the tubs. Instead of cutting his losses, he went home to get the rest of his savings, which he lost as well in a few rounds of double or nothing.

“You just get caught up in the whole ‘I’ve got to win my money back,’” Gribbohm told CBS. “You’re expecting the kids to win a few things, let the kids have a good time,” Gribbohm said. “It just didn’t turn out that way.”

Gribbohm went back to the carnival the next day to complain. “It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged,” Gribbohm told CBS. The man running the game gave him back $600 and a rasta banana, too. Then Gribbohm filed a report with the Manchester Police Department, who are now investigating his claims of fraud.

The owners of the carnival, the New Hampshire-based Fiesta Shows, are also interviewing the contractor who runs the game and told WBZ-TV they are looking to “get to the bottom of what happened.” The game is not being set up at the next carnival stop while both investigations are under way.

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270 comments
RichardG
RichardG

This is a well-known con called the 'Razzle' it was worked in Cuba in the 50's -- the only way the mark can win is when the person running the stall cheats in their favour. So, they rope a sucker in by helping them get very close to winning a major prize... and then collect all their money.

allfinerthings
allfinerthings

Bwahahahahahahahahaha. I know this is sad, but it's still so freaking hilarious. I don't care if the game is rigged. No one playing those games doesn't already know that the odds are HIGHLY stacked against them. He could have...should have stopped when he lost the $300. 

He's either incredibly stupid or a degenerate gambler, in either case, it was his own fault. Common sense should have kicked in after the first $300 left his hands. Instead, he had the presence of mind to leave, go home, take all his money, travel the distance back  to continue playing a game in which he hadn't yet won a thing. 

I've spent money on Powerball tickets in the last 5 years. I'm not going to sue them because I've never won more than $20. He can either go to Gambler's Anonymous or seek the services of a shrink. The game operators shouldn't be held liable for his utter stupidity. TSTL. Too stupid to live. 

giuliano
giuliano

Listen Henry, there are two things you can do with your banana, the first one, cannot be published, the second is now that evryone knows about your banana, sign it and sell it on E-Bay

Beersheva
Beersheva

Carnie should have asked for a signed quit claim in exchange for $600 and a rasta banana.

syzygysb
syzygysb

Best part of this story was reading this thread.  Thanks for the laughs.  Some great insight, too.

IYogiI
IYogiI

they should investigate his stupidity at the same time!

valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

THIS MAN IS A DEGENERATE GAMBLER.......LIKE ONE OF MY FRIENDS WHO IS A TRUST FUND BOY WORTH MILLIONS.......THE EXCITEMENT ......IS THE JUICE.......NOT THE WIN  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      LOL.....COMEDIAN

babycheeks
babycheeks

Put him in charge of the next stimulus package. Seems qualified.

ORL
ORL

I wonder if he had won, could the carney get his money(prize) back...

thelarch
thelarch

How 'bout the carnie. Bet he thinks that was $600 wasted!!

FoolMeOnce
FoolMeOnce

Dude, forget the lawsuit. I'll take it off your hands for $2000. You already got 600 back. I want that Banana!

cpc65
cpc65

So there actually is somebody out there that doesn't know that carnival games are even more rigged than the casinos?

cpc65
cpc65

His wife better hide her jewelery in a good spot. Like behind the encylopedia set.

cpc65
cpc65

He obviously never saw that episode of The Simpsons where Homer lost their house to Carny folk.

LatufTak
LatufTak

Classic 'Merican - dumber than dirt, worshiping at the altar of Republican-fed "feel good" politics and reveling in stupidity (same values for education as being professed by Palin and the creation-science cabal).  This is what assault on and under-funding education has gotten us - thanks to the Republicans.  Reminds me of the movie "Idiocracy" and we're headed there fast.

MorganCooper
MorganCooper

What a worthless pile of garbage, he could have spent around 250$, got a brand new Xbox w/ Kinect, plus used the other 2350$ he had left to buy approximately 39 games, yea I added that up. Or better yet, he could either donated it to charity or got a vasectomy so he will not be able to reproduce, which is obviously good for all of us.

ap0calypsenow
ap0calypsenow

What's worse than this idiot losing his money is that the website, collegehumor, offered to pay the rest of his money back if their post about it receives more than 30,000 likes on FB. What's really sad about this world is that more than 38,000 other idiots actually rewarded him for his stupidity.

Hubert39
Hubert39

At least he had a life savings. Most people who gamble or poor people don't have any money saved.

Live pay check to pay check.

Glosschuck
Glosschuck

It pains me that I have to share the Earth with idiot losers like this guy.  Way to look after your kid's well being.  F'ing pathetic.

DaleSzarejko
DaleSzarejko

Little do you all know the carney people were using that banana as their safe because they do not believe in banks. His kid is playing with a small gold mine.

ClarenceBodicker
ClarenceBodicker

"Win his money back?"  How?  Once he passed the retail cost of the XBox in ticket purchases, there was no way he could possibly break even, much less come out ahead.

cpc65
cpc65

1. A fool and his money are soon parted.

2. There's a sucker born every minute.

3. He can use that giant Rasta Banana as a pillow while he's sleeping on the couch for the next three months. 

4. He lost $2600 tossing balls. He should have tossed his own two while he was at it so he can't have any more kids. 

5. Next time just BUY the damn Xbox at Target.


ClintCerro
ClintCerro

I have some swamp land in Florida he can invest in. Also, I have some information from the Nigerian Royal Family, to invest in. Plus, most important I have this way he can get rich with the Iraqi Dinari, which I swear will revalue in just a couple months. LOL

Fredrik
Fredrik

That's one expensive Rasta Banana

ZombieTech
ZombieTech

The guy was dumb enough to not know when to quit... dumped $2600 on it, and is mad.  I can understand being upset, even understand it being "rigged"... but most anybody who is anybody knows they rely on it being tricky, or even to a slight extent having some "rigged"-ness to them.  That's the point... they're not going to put out something you can win every single time, or even most times, or even some times... otherwise they're going to start LOSING money... and nobody goes into business to purposefully lose money (well, except maybe the guy with the giant banana).  Kind of thinking maybe somebody should send this guy a plane ticket to Las Vegas... I'm sure the tale that will follow will EASILY top National Lampoon's Vacation movies! :D

JuanCabrillo
JuanCabrillo

$2600 are life savings?? I wanna live where he lives -_-

_D73_
_D73_

whatta moron

jacksparks3
jacksparks3

real jive and real live


you put 2600 up on it, live with me

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

I live for this stuff. One of the funniest stories ever! Made my day. I feel like Einstein compared to this man. And in real life, I am definitely one of the dumber folks around. Trust me on that. I also love that he took it to the cops :) You can't make this stuff up.

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

I live for this stuff. One of the funniest stories ever! Made my day. I feel like Einstein compared to this man. And in real life, I am definitely one of the dumbest folks around. Trust me on that. I also love that he took it to the cops :) You can't make this stuff up.

SteveD.
SteveD.

There's many variations on this game but basically the ball will always bounce out of the container unless someone is touching the container to dampen the vibrations when the ball hits it.

The classic game is with a softball and a wooden bushel basket. The operator gives you a free try to show you it's possible, he puts his hand on the bushel to dampen the vibrations, you toss the ball in and he says "see you would have won." you pay he doesn't touch the bushel and you lose.

sltahoe881
sltahoe881

@cpc65 Probably plays the lottery too. 


Casinos know the odds of the games they offer and know that the customers need to feel they aren't being cheated so they will come back. They don't have to rig their games.

allfinerthings
allfinerthings

@cpc65 His wife should leave him now. Someone this stupid shouldn't reproduce and donate to the human gene pool. Either he should get a vasectomy or she should leave. 

GerryQX1
GerryQX1

Actually they took over the house while Homer was away.  Homer won it back by cheating them in a ring-toss game.

LuxonVector
LuxonVector

@LatufTak Modern science has yet to figure out how people such as yourself can project your warped political inclinations in a thread about a freaking stuffed banana. I'm sure you would make an interesting case study, though.

allfinerthings
allfinerthings

@LatufTak I have no love for the republicans, but you cannot blame them or anyone else for this. Some people are just plain stupid. Him or you blaming others for his own stupidity is just as idiotic as what he did. 

clevelander
clevelander

@LatufTak you can't fix stupid. all the education dollars couldn't help this moron.

cpc65
cpc65

That $2600 probably was his "paycheck" from selling dope.

allfinerthings
allfinerthings

@ClarenceBodicker Um, I'm sorry, does this guy strike you as smart enough to have been able to figure that out? All he needed to do was come to the conclusion that he'd lost a lot of money and shouldn't risk losing any more. Even that he couldn't put together. 

cpc65
cpc65

"Rigged" was not the correct word then. The "odds are balanced agsainst" the players, but they make it so just enough people win so they'll tell their friends so more chumps will try their luck.  

sltahoe881
sltahoe881

@cpc65 As far as I know, carnival games might be rigged. The odds being in the casinos favor mean that the longer the gambler stays, the better chance the casino has to be the winner. Statistics are a large part of the casino management and marketing plan.

When I worked for a major casino company some years ago, I heard a statistic that 75% of the people who gamble in a casino are ahead at some point in their trip. Very few leave with any money because they stay too long and that's where the odds come into play. The casinos also know they need the occasional winner because that is their best advertisement.