NH Man Loses Life Savings On Carnival Game

A New Hampshire man says he was conned at a carnival game.
Posted at 11:54 AM, Apr 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-30 08:00:52-04

DERRY, New Hampshire (WBZ) -- A New Hampshire man says he was conned at a carnival game.

Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings, $2,600, on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

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"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 said.

Gribbohm says he attended 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 up.

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

Gribbohm says he kept trying to win back his money by going double or nothing. He dropped $300 in just a few minutes. Then he says he went home to get $2,300 more and soon lost all that as well.

"I know it's a difficult game, I've tried it myself, I've done it once, missed probably 20 times," Gribbohm said.

Fiesta Shows says the game is run by an independent contractor who has worked for Fiesta for years. It's interviewing the contractor to see what happened.

Gribbohm 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 money and filed a report with Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department.

"For once in my life I happened to become that sucker," Gribbohm said.

Officers say they're investigating to determine if there was any fraud. Gribbohm says he's considering a lawsuit.