Man Gets Trapped In Bingo Hall, Steals Candy


Have you ever seen the movie Career Opportunities? It’s one of my favorite flicks of the 1990s. Most people barely remember what it’s about until you remind them that it’s the movie about a guy who gets locked in a Target department store with the woman of his dreams overnight.

It’s a classic John Hughes movie starring the always-attractive Jennifer Conelly and some dude I can’t remember. All I know is that I dreamed of being him – at least for that one night.

But I digress. That’s a story for another day. But it is relevant to today’s bingo story. A man in the UK found himself locked in a bingo club after falling asleep drunk the night before.

When the cleaning crew found him in the morning, they also found that he had eaten a bunch of food and damaged a vending machine trying to break into it. A burglary charge was dropped when the man admitted he had been drunk. However, due to previous convictions, a judge jailed him for three months.

Now, if I found myself locked in a bingo hall, the first thing I’d probably do is pick up the phone and call someone to let me out. Perhaps call the police and let them know that I fell asleep and the bingo hall owners clearly forgot about me. Sure, I might not look like the most responsible person in the world, but it is what it is.

What I wouldn’t do is try to break into a vending machine to steal candy. How old is this guy? Six? Seems a bit ridiculous. With that said, we should all be glad that the only thing he decided to steal were sweets.

There’s a lot of other bingo hall paraphernalia one could easily swipe if locked in a bingo hall, including but not limited to the bingo cage, daubers, bingo cards, toilet paper from the washroom, soap, and who knows what else.

So yeah, in retrospect, it looks like the vending machine candy was probably his best bet. Not necessarily the sweetest bingo score, but nonetheless a great story worth telling.