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Austin Whaley, Kentucky Man, Falsely Yells 'Bingo,' Is Ordered Not To Say Word For 6 Months


The Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/20/13 EDT Updated: 03/20/13 EDT

Screaming "bingo" was his shame-o.

Comparing the act to yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, a police officer cited an 18-year-old man for falsely yelling "bingo" in a Covington, Ky., parlor, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Austin Whaley was slapped with a disorderly conduct charge and then ordered by a judge last week to refrain from uttering the word "bingo" for six months.

According to the report, Whaley entered a bingo hall packed with mostly elderly women on Feb. 6. The man yelled "bingo," and his actions disrupted the game for several minutes because players thought they had lost, the paper wrote. Whaley was asked to apologize to the angry patrons, but his refusal prompted an officer to take action.

Visit the Cincinnati Enquirer to read what the officer had to say.

News outlets, of course, jumped on the story.

MSN wrote, "Never get between old ladies and their bingo," while the Daily Beast referred to Whaley as "the boy who cried bingo?"

However, bingo theft is usually a bigger problem than falsely calling "bingo."

Husband-and-wife schoolteachers in the Denver area were fired in May for allegedly stealing $25,000 from bingo fundraisers, CBS4 reported at the time.

In addition, a mother and daughter are accused of taking $700,000 in bingo proceeds from a fire department in Swoyersville, Pa, according to the Times Leader.