Man Loses $2600 On Carnival Ball-Toss Game
DERRY, NH. (CNN) – A New Hampshire man says his trip to the carnival was a horror show where he ended up losing his life savings.
He claims he was conned at a carnival game.
Michael Rosenfield spoke with him.
Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings — 2600 dollars – on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is this stuffed banana with dreadlocks.
Henry Gribbohm, Claims Game was Rigged: “You’re expecting the kids to win a few things, let the kids have a good time; it just didn’t turn out that way.”
Gribbohm says he attended a Manchester carnival run by fiesta shows and wanted to win an Xbox Kinect at a game called tubs of fun, where contestants toss balls into a tub. When he practiced he says it was easy but something changed when he started playing and the balls kept popping out.
John Flynn, Fiesta Vice President: “It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged.”
Gribbohm says he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped 300 dollars in just a few minutes, then says he went home to get 2300 dollars more and soon lost all that as well.
Michael Rosenfield: “I know it’s a difficult game, I’ve tried it myself, I’ve done it once, missed probably 20 times.”
Fiesta shows says the game is run by an independent contractor who’s worked for fiesta for years. It’s interviewing the contractor to see what happened.
“Are there any scams at all with any of the games?”
“Not that I’m aware of, we’ve had a lot of these game operators with us for years.”
Standup – “The traveling carnival is now setting up in Derry, New Hampshire, but you will not see Tubs of Fun; Fiesta says the independent contractor that runs the game is not allowed to set up, while an investigation is taking place.”
“Because you get caught up in the whole double or nothing – I’ve got to win my money back.”
Henry says he went back the next day to complain, and the man running the game gave him back 600 dollars. Henry split with the banana and the cash, and filed a report with Manchester PD.
“For once in my life I happened to become that sucker.”
Police say they’re investigating to determine if there was any fraud.
Gribbohm says he’s considering a lawsuit.