Austin Whaled Banned from Saying “Bingo”
After deciding to play what he considered to be a harmless practical joke on a local bingo hall, Kentucky teenager Austin Whaley found himself facing legal charges for disorderly public conduct.
While goofing around with some friends, Whaley went into the Covington bingo hall. Populated mostly with elderly women, Whaley shouted out the word “Bingo” during one of the hall’s games thinking it would simply be a funny joke. However, when the bingo participants realized that it was a false alarm, no one was laughing. Instead, participants were heard yelling and cursing when they realized that their game had been intentionally disrupted and that no one had actually won. Whaley was arrested and taken down to the local precinct where he was charged. The bingo game resumed after being delayed for several minutes, reports the New York Daily News.
Whaley could have potentially faced up to three months in jail and a $250 fine. However, lucky for Whaley, his appointed judge was able to seem the humor in the situation. Due to Whaley’s clean record the judge decided to let him go with a light, if not somewhat amusing sentence; Whaley is not allowed to say the word “Bingo” for the next six months.
Kentucky Teenager Austin Whaley Can’t Say ‘Bingo’ For 6 Months, Judge Rules
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