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New Hampshire man loses life savings in carnival game

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Apr 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-30 11:34:28-04

 Manchester, N.H. – A New Hampshire man is thinking about taking legal action after he says he was conned at a carnival game. He ended up spending $2, 600 and he left with only a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks.

Henry 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.

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 $2,300 more and soon lost all that as well.

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.

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.

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 Department.

“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.