Justice Grothaus didn't find a teenage jokester's bogus bingo-cheer last month very funny and, determined to teach the lad the seriousness of making such a phony and disruptive claim, if even only in jest, has sentenced the youth to a six-month ban on using the naughty five-letter word in public places.
Especially off limits is the nearby parlor where such gaming parlance is held to be sacred, and, not incidentally, worth a sizable jackpot as well. The number one reason that an off-duty cop is assigned to security detail there.
Teen wannabe-comedian, Austin Whaley, not only irked officer Richard Webster with his spontaneous but ill conceived prank, he also caused a major ruckus among the legitimate players, a majority of whom were elderly women and not amused by his attempt to mock them.
"This caused the hall to quit operating since they thought someone had won," Sergeant Webster stated in his citation. "This delayed the game by several minutes and caused alarm to patrons."
The 18-year-old's refusal to then apologize to the angry mob of white-haired, red-faced senior citizens earned him a quick trip to the police station.
As a consequence, Whaley, who has no prior criminal record, could now face 90 days in the slammer and a $250 fine if he violates the terms of his Bingo Lingo Ban. So, with that in mind, the young man has even taken to walking his dog in the opposite direction of the bingo hall, in order to resist the temptation.
No restrictions were made regarding Tic-Tac-Toe, Checkers, or cussing.
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