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Dear Aunt Bingo,
I just wanted to send this email about the hall where I play Bingo. I have complained to the Bingo manager that it’s not fair that I get to the Bingo hall at 4 p.m. every day and all of the time there are only about 15-20 people there, and all the tables are saved. The manager acts like he really cares what you tell him, but he doesn’t care, he only cares about your money.
Yesterday I arrived to the hall again, and all the tables were saved again. I finally got the courage to ask the lady that saves the seats which table she was going to sit at, because I was going to sit at one of the other tables she had saved. I went to one of her tables and she told me, “So now I’m saving a table for you!” and I said “yes, thank you,” and sat down.
What can I do so they stop saving all of the tables at this Bingo hall? —Sick & Tired
Dear Sick & Tired,
It seems to me that if this manager isn’t going to do anything about all of this seat saving, neither should you.
You have covered your bases by talking with him; so help yourself to whatever seat you like. If someone argues with you, tell them you spoke to the manager and he said you could sit in any empty seat you wanted to. If they still argue, tell them to speak to the manager. I am confident he will be too busy to want to deal with this and will (wisely) put an end to all seat-saving once and for all. —Aunt Bingo
Dear Aunt Bingo,
I don’t know if this story has reached you, but here in Kentucky people have been talking about it for days.
It seems that a young guy thought it would be funny to walk into a local Bingo hall and yell “Bingo” during a game. At first people thought it was a real Bingo. But when they realized it was a teenage prank they got very angry and began yelling and complaining.
There was an off-duty policeman working as a security guard there and he stopped the teenager and told him to apologize. The boy refused, so the policeman gave him a citation and the teenager ended up in court (he was 18 years old and technically an adult).
Well apparently he learned his lesson, because once in front of the judge this kid was all apologies—which was smart because he could have been fined and sent to jail. Instead, the judge ordered that the teenager was not allowed to say the word “Bingo” for six months. If he did that and stayed out of trouble for six months, they’d drop the charges.
Don’t you love it? —Cathy, via email
I love it indeed!
At first I thought this might be one of those Bingo hall wives tales, so I went to the Internet and checked it out. Sure enough, Kenton District Judge Douglas Grothaus tried the case against this 18 year old who was charged by Police Sgt. Richard Webster.
In court, Officer Webster was quoted as saying: “Just like you can’t run into a theater and yell ‘fire’ when it’s not on fire, you can’t run into a crowded Bingo hall and yell ‘Bingo’ when there isn’t one.”
Amen to that! —Aunt Bingo
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