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(Kotaku)   The guy who was tricked by carnies into wasting all his life savings to get an XBox and failing gets all his money back and a XBox...in exchange for his banana   (kotaku.com) divider line 94
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2013-05-06 05:00:57 PM
I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.
 
2013-05-06 05:07:50 PM

moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.


Pride can be a very expensive character trait. At one point it became less about the money and more about winning that damn Kinect and rubbing it in the carney's face. Unfortunately it still became about the money when he eventually ran out of it.
 
2013-05-06 05:10:42 PM

moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.


You don't spend more than $5 on a carnival game AND have a thought process.
 
2013-05-06 05:16:13 PM

scottydoesntknow: moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.

Pride can be a very expensive character trait. At one point it became less about the money and more about winning that damn Kinect and rubbing it in the carney's face. Unfortunately it still became about the money when he eventually ran out of it.


There's a point when pride becomes mental retardation.
 
2013-05-06 05:17:35 PM
I wonder if I could trick hot chicks into having sex with me.
 
2013-05-06 05:19:08 PM
Why are you rewarding this kind of behavior, publicity-seeking internet humor site?
 
2013-05-06 05:19:34 PM
Lesson un-learned.
 
2013-05-06 05:19:53 PM
That is the type of guy who wins the lottery and is broke or dead within a year.
 
2013-05-06 05:20:11 PM

scottydoesntknow: moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.

Pride can be a very expensive character trait. At one point it became less about the money and more about winning that damn Kinect and rubbing it in the carney's face. Unfortunately it still became about the money when he eventually ran out of it.


I dunno.  If I was that carny, I think the minute I managed to make someone spend more than retail price for something I'm going to have that smug look on my face even if they eventually win it.  With increasing levels of smug/astonishment as they pass the 2x, 3x, 5x, and 10x mark.  Would probably even get a look on my face that says "how are you breathing in and out with that limited brainpower" after the 20x mark.
 
2013-05-06 05:20:52 PM

doglover: moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.

You don't spend more than $5 on a carnival game AND have a thought process.


Well this is what never made sense to me about the story, because there were mentions that he was somehow betting on the game as well? Which is a hell of a trick by the carny, you have to admit. Not only gets a moron to play a rigged game, but convinces him to place a side-wager on it as well?
 
2013-05-06 05:21:05 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I wonder if I could trick hot chicks into having sex with me.


No.  No, you couldn't.

/but feel free to try
 
2013-05-06 05:21:54 PM
Ahhhh, the midway at a carnival. Come for the Indian Turquoise Jewelry and hand-crafted leather art decor, stay for the toothless woman running the ring-toss game.
 
2013-05-06 05:23:12 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

"If I told you you had a nice body, would you hold it against me?"
 
2013-05-06 05:24:23 PM
Fool

Money

parted
 
2013-05-06 05:25:00 PM

Tony_Pepperoni: That is the type of guy who wins the lottery and is broke or dead within a year.


And then someone would give him more. Well If he wasn't dead.
 
2013-05-06 05:25:41 PM
Popcorn Johnny

I wonder if I could trick hot chicks into having sex with me.

Tell them they can't because you are either gay or married.. or both. Then it becomes a challenge.
 
2013-05-06 05:27:13 PM
People don't learn valuable lessons like this.
 
2013-05-06 05:27:18 PM
Thirty years old and only $2600 in savings?  You. Fail. At. Life.
 
2013-05-06 05:27:51 PM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Popcorn Johnny

I wonder if I could trick hot chicks into having sex with me.

Tell them they can't because you are either gay or married.. or both. Then it becomes a challenge.


Oh really?
 
2013-05-06 05:28:00 PM
Don't forget, he also got $600 back. Why is it the extremely dumb get so lucky end up looking so brilliant?
 
2013-05-06 05:28:22 PM
 
2013-05-06 05:29:01 PM
Hey God forbid you don't win after only two quarters man. It's a business, it ain't UNICEF, ok?
 
2013-05-06 05:30:12 PM

moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.


upload.wikimedia.org
Neither does he...
 
2013-05-06 05:32:24 PM

moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.

farking garbage.

FTFY.
 
2013-05-06 05:32:54 PM
those games are all rigged anyway
 
2013-05-06 05:33:08 PM
Last week, Henry Gribbohm threw away $2,600-his entire life savings . . .

Ok, that's just horrifying.
 
2013-05-06 05:33:30 PM
Always play the goldfish game last. Having to walk around all night with a goldfish bowl sucks.
 
2013-05-06 05:40:12 PM

NutWrench: Last week, Henry Gribbohm threw away $2,600-his entire life savings . . .

Ok, that's just horrifying.


I wish I had $2600 in the bank. Or in cash. Or in any form at all.

Being poor sucks, but after a while you get used to it. Im not saying you ever get to like it, but you get used to it.
 
2013-05-06 05:40:26 PM

barc0001: I dunno.  If I was that carny, I think the minute I managed to make someone spend more than retail price for something I'm going to have that smug look on my face even if they eventually win it


People have been convinced to pay more than a dollar for a dollar before under the right conditions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_auction

I got a few of my friends to do this with monopoly money once.  I'm still waiting on being able to do it during a monopoly game with players who are invested in the outcome.
 
2013-05-06 05:42:28 PM
Good lord what a failure.
 
2013-05-06 05:43:13 PM
Meh, he's just going to lose it all again on magic beans next week.
 
2013-05-06 05:43:39 PM

NASAM: Thirty years old and only $2600 in savings?  You. Fail. At. Life.


NutWrench: Last week, Henry Gribbohm threw away $2,600-his entire life savings . . .

Ok, that's just horrifying.


i am 37 and most certainly could not go to the bank and pull out $2600 at any given time.

i do, however, have retirement savings & a pension plan

so, i think the definition of "savings" is a bit skewed
 
2013-05-06 05:43:51 PM
www.moviedir.com

approves
 
2013-05-06 05:43:54 PM
so, he's now a ghey pron star?
 
2013-05-06 05:44:15 PM

bungle_jr: NASAM: Thirty years old and only $2600 in savings?  You. Fail. At. Life.

NutWrench: Last week, Henry Gribbohm threw away $2,600-his entire life savings . . .

Ok, that's just horrifying.

i am 37 and most certainly could not go to the bank and pull out $2600 at any given time.

i do, however, have retirement savings & a pension plan

so, i think the definition of "savings" is a bit skewed


i also do not play carnival games
 
2013-05-06 05:44:46 PM

Satanic_Hamster: There's a point when pride becomes mental retardation.


I dont care how hot the girl is and I don't care how bad she wants the extra large stuffed animal. You got to know when to say when.


It's just so fluffy
 
2013-05-06 05:46:01 PM

jayhawk88: doglover: moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.

You don't spend more than $5 on a carnival game AND have a thought process.

Well this is what never made sense to me about the story, because there were mentions that he was somehow betting on the game as well? Which is a hell of a trick by the carny, you have to admit. Not only gets a moron to play a rigged game, but convinces him to place a side-wager on it as well?


I don't recall exactly, but I think that after he got in to a certain point (not sure how deep), he convinced the guy running the game to let him play for double or nothing, and he did that more than once as well.
   That's actually the part where I wonder if the carnival game would run afoul of state gambling laws, because playing double or nothing takes it from the approved rules of the game into actual gambling territory.
 
2013-05-06 05:49:32 PM

uncleacid: Always play the goldfish game last. Having to walk around all night with a goldfish bowl sucks.


  I won a giant bear at Kings Island. We were on our way out, spent 2 dollars on the ring toss game. Hit with the last toss. I had lots of people offer $30-50 bucks for it.  I WAS a loooong trek to car....
 
2013-05-06 05:50:41 PM

jayhawk88: Well this is what never made sense to me about the story, because there were mentions that he was somehow betting on the game as well? Which is a hell of a trick by the carny, you have to admit. Not only gets a moron to play a rigged game, but convinces him to place a side-wager on it as well?


I suspect the state games commission might be interested in that detail.
 
2013-05-06 05:53:52 PM

NkThrasher: People have been convinced to pay more than a dollar for a dollar before under the right conditions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_auction


I guess the difficulty is trying to collect without a signed contract.
 
2013-05-06 05:55:04 PM

moothemagiccow: I dont understand this guy's thought process. A kinect is $40 used.


He doesn't have a thought process. He's an idiot.
 
2013-05-06 06:00:18 PM
images.buddytv.com

/would probably be obscure if it wasn't captioned
//hot hot hot
 
2013-05-06 06:00:52 PM

This text is now purple: I guess the difficulty is trying to collect without a signed contract.


Oh definitely, I don't think it's a viable income source, but it is entertaining to see the look on someones face when they realize they're about to exceed the value of what they're bidding on and have no non-losing way out.  My wife, as I recall, glared at me and said "I hate you and your stupid math theory games.  Fark your farking dollar." as she refused to up the bid to $1.05 (or $105 monopoly dollars, as the case was).
 
2013-05-06 06:01:13 PM
He can't be too much of an idiot. He got all this attention, $600, then another $2600 AND the stupid game he wanted. He's $3200 to the good, with the kinect to boot. How does this make him an idiot, exactly?
 
2013-05-06 06:01:42 PM

This text is now purple: jayhawk88: Well this is what never made sense to me about the story, because there were mentions that he was somehow betting on the game as well? Which is a hell of a trick by the carny, you have to admit. Not only gets a moron to play a rigged game, but convinces him to place a side-wager on it as well?

I suspect the state games commission might be interested in that detail.


I read an article on this earlier. He lost his first $300 trying to win the kinect, then he went to the bank and withdrew the $2300 because he says at that point he was trying to win his money back.  The carny was letting him throw for double or nothing.  When the game ceased to be about trying to win merchandise and then became about winning money, yeah I dont see how that is legal unless you are a casino.
 
2013-05-06 06:07:11 PM
"Gribbohm, for his part, claims he was scammed into thinking he was part of a carnival performance, which certainly makes more sense than someone intentionally throwing his entire life savings at a game."

No, it does not.  Ponying up $2600 because you think you're part of a "carnival performance" is at the rock-bottom stupid-as-you-can-get level, right along with spending $2600 to try to win a $40 toy.
 
2013-05-06 06:09:06 PM
I must have that smug rastabanana. I don't need it but I really,really want it.
 
2013-05-06 06:11:49 PM
it's not just the mentally ill need help in america. lot of people require adult supervision. damn shame.

-- website should have talked him into a Vasectomy for another $500
 
2013-05-06 06:12:38 PM
By giving him his money back, the carnies are hoping to avoid being sued for their rigged game and running afoul of gambling laws.  Yeah, this guy wasn't too smart by going home to withdraw his life savings to try and get his spent money back, but they got too greedy trying to keep him going in the first place.
 
2013-05-06 06:14:09 PM
FTFA:

Gribbohm, for his part, claims he was scammed into thinking he was part of a carnival performance, which certainly makes more sense than someone intentionally throwing his entire life savings at a game.

/Reading is FUN!  YAY!!
 
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