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Posted 21 March 2013 - 13:46

A northern Kentucky teen has been banned from saying the word "Bingo" for six months by a district judge.

Why? Last month, Austin Whaley walked into a local bingo hall filled with patrons, many of them elderly women. Whaley shouted the word "Bingo!" as a joke, causing no small amount of kerfuffling among the patrons, according to KETV.

It might have gone down as just a harmless (if annoying) prank. But unfortunately for Whaley, Park Hills Police Sgt. Richard Webster was working off-duty security detail at the time (must be some high rollers at this bingo hall).

Webster cited Whaley for disorderly conduct. About a month later, Whaley appeared before District Judge Douglas Grothaus, who ordered Whaley to not say the word "bingo" for six months. If Whaley fails to comply, he could face 90 days in the big house and a $250 fine. If Whaley follows through, the judge said the charge would be dropped.

Whaley and his family are taking the charge in good humor. He has even altered his dog-walking route so he won't stroll past the bingo hall. Must. Resist. Temptation.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 13:54

dumb dumb dumb

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 13:59

Hah, that is awesome. Though, his prank is completely not worth the punishment he is getting. Our "justice" system is so broken and pathetic sometimes.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:00

bing-o was its name-o

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:01

lol, I would start shouting things like Ringo, Tingo, Pingo

or, 'I've BEEN GOing to the gym lately'

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:04

Hah, that is awesome. Though, his prank is completely not worth the punishment he is getting. Our "justice" system is so broken and pathetic sometimes.

Not worth the punishment he's getting? He's getting no punishment at all as long as he doesn't say "bingo" around anyone who knows or cares that he isn't supposed to.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:04

Hah, that is awesome. Though, his prank is completely not worth the punishment he is getting. Our "justice" system is so broken and pathetic sometimes.


Sometimes? :s

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:04

I so wanna do this now.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:05

bahaha! Crazy that a judge has banned him from exercising his freedom of speech. He could just ban him from going to bingo clubs instead. Sending him to jail if he does it again is crazy.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:05

lol, I would start shouting things like Ringo, Tingo, Pingo

or, 'I've BEEN GOing to the gym lately'

At which point, Sgt. Richard Webster would cite you again for disorderly conduct, and this time the judge probably wouldn't be so lenient.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:06

I so wanna do this now.


We should start a trend like that harlem shake thing that's going around, no bingo halls will be safe :D

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:07

I thought instantly of Tom Warren ... :whistle:

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:07

Not worth the punishment he's getting? He's getting no punishment at all as long as he doesn't say "bingo" around anyone who knows or cares that he isn't supposed to.


So a judge limiting his freedom of speech on threat of jail time isn't a punishment?

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:07

At which point, Sgt. Richard Webster would cite you again for disorderly conduct, and this time the judge probably wouldn't be so lenient.


Lenient? For shouting Bingo? It should never have reached the courts to begin with, let alone actually receive a punishment for it, the bingo hall should have just banned him

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:08

Come on you guys, the punishment here boils down to saying "don't do it again."