Saturday Night Bingo Brawlers

Saturday Night Bingo BrawlersSome people take their bingo very seriously. Most bingo halls and online bingo sites have well established rules of etiquette that are observed by most players. Fights have broken out because someone is sitting in another player’s ‘lucky’ seat.  In South Wales two players got into a donnybrook over a ‘lucky’ seat. One of the players received a broken nose and two black eyes. Both players were banned from the hall for life. Calling bingo too early is considered a serious breach of etiquette. Many bingo halls have installed tablet devices with auto daub features which will eliminate false bingo calls.

Many seniors take the game seriously. In New Hampshire police were called to break of two bingo brawlers. Police in Portsmouth, New Hampshire responded to a call that reported “some pushing and shoving” over the sale of Avon cosmetics. A player was setting up a table to sell Avon products during a bingo game and another player took offense. Sgt. Kuffer Kaltenborn of the Portsmouth Police told reporters that “The altercation appears to have been started over the fact that one resident was upsetting another by (selling Avon and disrupting) the scheduled bingo event that occurs.”

The police left the hall but two hours later one of the women called police and said she wanted to press charges. Sgt. Kaltenborn told reporters “A third party alleges that the one that wanted to sell her products grabbed the wrist of the other person who wanted to play bingo. It’s not the victim that alleges the crime. … She’s not sure if she was assaulted or not.” There have been other strange incidents at New Hampshire bingo halls. In 2011 a player brought her mother’s ashes in it to a bingo game for ‘luck.’  The urn containing the ashes was stolen from her car. Fortunately the urn was returned.

In a sheltered housing complex in the UK two women got into a fight when after one of the pensioners attending the game accused another player of shouting “bingo” too early.  The Rotherham North Area Housing champion called the police. Police officers said that this is not the kind of behavior people associate with those 60 and older. Police officer Ellis stated “They didn’t want her arrested. I think it was just the shock of what had happened more than anything. The housing officer there didn’t over-react; she wasn’t really sure what to do in that situation. It was one of the first calls of our evening shift and it’s definitely not the usual type of call we get. A council spokesman said: ‘We have given one woman a tenancy warning about her future conduct.”  To avoid similar situations players should learn to play online bingo. The prizes are larger and there are no physical altercations.

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