There is one word in the English language that will forever make Austin Whaley (pictured) shake in his boots when he hears it: Bingo!
The 18-year-old was cuffed by police and charged with disorderly conduct after he yelled bingo in a crowded hall in Covington, Ky., that was filled with elderly people who did not take too kindly to his prank, reports MSN.
The arresting officer, Police Sgt. Richard Webster, says elderly adults tend to take the game of bingo “very seriously” and when someone yells that they’ve won and didn’t, it can create quite a raucous.
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Webster told the Cinncinati Enquirer, “When they realized it wasn’t a real bingo, they started hooting and hollering and yelling and cussing.” When the youth was told to apologize to the crowd and he refused, Webster took him into custody.
The incident involving Whaley, which occurred last month, left the youth with a little trepidation with regards to the hearing or even saying the word, “bingo!” Whaley could have faced 90 days in jail and a $250 fine for his offense, but a judge was lenient and instead ordered him to stay far away from the bingo hall. He also forbade Whaley from saying the word “bingo” for six months–an order the young man is not taking seriously.
“I tried to say it backward, like ‘o-bing,’ or something along the lines of that,” Whaley jokingly told NBC. “Kids out there – don’t say bingo in the bingo hall!”