Man spends $2,600 on carnival game, leaves empty handed
An Epsom man said he was taken for a ride at a carnival over the weekend.
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 still going to give me a banana. They lied to me," said Gribbohm.
But at the time, Gribbohm 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, it's foolproof. There's no way, the guy's telling me just keep people interested, man, I'll give you your money back," said Gribbohm.
He said he drove 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 said he returned the next day to ask for his money back, and was given $600 and a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.
Manchester police said 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.
"It's a joke. That's a joke. I got witnesses that I know. Witnesses that were at the carnival that don't know me that don't know the carnival, have nothing to do with it," said Gribbohm.
News 9 spoke with an onsite manager at Fiesta Shows' latest setup location in Derry. He said he was aware of Gribbohm's claim, but could not discuss it.