Man spends $2600 on carnival game

10:18 AM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
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A New Hampshire man says he went to a carnival over the weekend and ended up losing all of his money.  Adam sexton says the carnival owners took him for a ride.

Henry Gribbohm Jr. said on Saturday evening, he got caught up in a carnival game called tubs of fun set up outside the JFK Coliseum in Manchester.  Before he knew it, he had handed over $300.

"They explained to me I was going to get all my money back, I was going to get an Xbox Kinect, and because I was keeping everybody's attention, they were also still gonna give me a banana. They lied to me."

But at the time, gribbohm Jr., said he was focused on winning what he now believes was an unwinnable game.

"The ball just bounces right out, there's really no way of doing it.  But when you're throwing it in at first, it just sinks right in, there's no issue at all. You get eight balls, seven mistakes, I mean it's foolproof.  There's no way, the guy's telling me just keep people interested, man, I'll give you your money back."

He said he drove all the way home to Epsom and returned to the carnival with more than $2,000 in cash. In the end, he said he spent $2,600 and never won the game.

He returned the next day to ask for his money back, and was given $600 and a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

That's when he said he went to Manchester Police who say detectives have been unable to locate the carnival employee working the tubs of fun game.

Fiesta Shows told investigators Gribbohm spent far less than $2,600.

WMUR's reporter spoke with an onsite manager at Fiesta Shows' latest setup location in Derry. He said he was aware of Gribbohm Jr.'s claim, but could not discuss it.

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