Weird Things that have happened at Bingo Halls

innerweird14052015Bingo isn’t just one of the world’s most popular games, it also serves as a type of community gathering in neighborhoods around the planet. Whether in large, corporate establishments or small, back-alley destinations, bingo halls provide locals with a way to let off steam while taking advantage of the opportunity to win some cash or prizes. Sometimes, however, things don’t quite go to plan. In fact, you may be surprised to find out just how many weird things happen at bingo halls. Want to hear more? Let’s take a closer look at three of the strangest things to ever go down at a bingo hall.

The Bingo Hall Brawl

This story comes straight from the UK. In October 2013, a massive fight broke out between women at a local bingo establishment over a prior disagreement. Chairs were flying as the brawl continued between two groups of players. Eventually, police arrived to quell the fighting, but the damage had already been done. Two women were treated for facial injuries, and six of the brawlers were banned for life from the popular bingo chain. “It’s not the sort of thing you expect to see at the bingo,” noted one of the fight’s spectators. “It was vicious.”

The Show Must Go On

In a second tale from across the pond, a bingo hall loaded with over 200 players were in the middle of a game when an 87-year-old woman collapsed from a heart attack before passing away. Despite the players’ shock, they continued on with the game as paramedics desperately performed CPR on the victim. The bingo caller defended the move, claiming that if paramedics weren’t happy with the game proceeding, they should have ordered the hall to be cleared. “It was absolutely disgusting,” proclaimed a witness of the May 2014 incident. As they say in Hollywood, apparently the show must go on.

A Criminal Offense

If you ever pulled a prank when you were in high school, this story may be right up your alley. In a small town in Kentucky, a group of high school students decided that it would be a good idea to shout, “Bingo!” at the local bingo hall despite their lack of a winning card. While some may consider it relatively harmless, a police sergeant took offense to the false call. Eventually, the prankster was arrested and given a peculiar sentence. Basically, the student was told not to say the word ‘bingo’ for six months, and the charges would be dropped. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

If you were under the impression that nothing exciting ever happens during a game of bingo, these three cases should give you a brief introduction to some of the weird things that can occur in bingo halls. With the game’s popularity continuing to grow, it seems likely that more unbelievable events could be just around the corner. Whether you prefer to embrace the strangeness or play bingo in the privacy of your own home in order to avoid it, it’s clear that the classic game isn’t going away anytime soon.