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Guy blows life savings on carnival game, gets banana

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Guy blows life savings on carnival game, gets banana

Henry Gribbohm spent $2,600 trying to win an Xbox Kinect. He got this banana instead.

Please do not ask the tattooed man with the oversized, stuffed Rastafarian banana how he came to be in possession of such a rare treasure.

Enamored as you might be with the dreadlocked faux-fruit, Henry Gribbohm doesn't share the same enthusiasm for his new conversation piece, because it came at much too steep of a price* -- $2,600, Gribbohm's entire life savings.

* Of course you could also argue $5 would be too steep a price for a 5-foot Rasta-nana.

Even worse, the banana is not an Xbox Kinect.

That's all the 30-year-old New Hampshire man was after when he started plunking down cash at a Manchester carnival game called Tubs of Fun, where you lob a ball into a tilted bucket, hoping to make it stay there. Win the game, win a Kinect. You can practically hear the carnival barker's voice making the tantalizing promise.

Of course, as anybody who has ever been 8 years old, at a fair, and tried tossing a ring around a coke bottle knows, carnival games are never easy. "Rigged"?? We didn't say that. You did. We're just saying they're never easy.

Gribbohm forgot all this. Or just didn't care. Or became obsessed with winning. "You just get caught up in the whole 'I’ve got to win my money back,'" he told Boston's WBZ, sounding like every casino's favorite customer ever.

When he ran through the $300 he had on hand, Gribbohm went home and returned with $2,300. And ran through it all at Tubs of Fun. Never winning. His consolation prize? The 5-foot stuffed banana.

But Gribbohm thinks he was conned and is considering a lawsuit, according to WBZ. The station reports Manchester police are now investigating and the company which runs the traveling carnival will speak with the independent contractor that runs Tubs of Fun to "get to the bottom of what happened."

Gribbohm did return the next day and received $600 back from the game's operator. And he still has that huge banana.

"We were expecting to win a few things and, you know, let the kids have a good time. It just didn't turn out that way."

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