Thursday, May 2, 2013
We've come a long way from sixpence to see the freak...
I love throwing balls down a clown's throat (and yes, I know how that sounds, pervert) or shooting tin ducks with a BB gun in the misguided attempt to win a stuffed toy that I know I'm just going to throw away before the end of the day. I don't know why I love it, but I do! I guess it's just part of the experience.
Still, I'm guessing that if I'd done what this guy did, I wouldn't be raving about it quite so much.
This guy, poor sod, lost his entire life savings on one of those toss a ball in a bucket games. Honestly, almost three thousand dollars trying to win an XBox Kinect, and all he ended up with was a hilariously large stuffed banana wearing a Rastafarian hat.
I know, it's a glorious image, isn't it.
But I can understand how he got suckered in. Anyone who's ever sat at a pokie machine, waiting for those "free spins" knows the magical lure of gambling. And that's essentially what he was doing. It was a crappy gamble, I'll give you that. He'd have been better off walking into the nearest casino and putting it all on black.
But to then blame the side show for the fact that he essentially lost his mind and willingly handed over three thousand dollars ... no, I can't agree that it was their fault. They provide crappy, hard to win games with prizes that are worth a pittance. We all know this, it's the agreement we have going in. To then turn around and blame them because he was out of control doesn't seem fair to me.
Still, poor bastard. He spent three grand trying to win something that would have only cost him a couple hundred in the shops, and instead all he got was a dreadlocked banana. That's going to be a hard one to explain to his wife, I'd imagine.