Henry Gribbohm loses life savings on carny game, wins banana with dreadlocks

10:11 AM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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DERRY, NY (WBZ) - A New Hampshire man says his trip to the carnival was a horror show where he ended up losing his life savings and walked away with a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

Henry Gribbohm claims he was conned at a carnival game.

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.

"It's not possible that it wasn't rigged," said Gribbohm.

He kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes, then said he went home to get $2,300 more and soon lost all of it.

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.

Fiesta says the independent contractor that runs the game is not allowed to set up, while an investigation is taking place.

Henry says he went back the next day to complain, and the man running the game gave him back $600. Henry split with the banana and the cash, and filed a report with Manchester police.

Police say they're investigating to determine if there was any fraud.

Gribbohm says he's considering a lawsuit.


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