Dear Aunt Bingo,
I wanted to share with you a priceless exchange I recently had with another Bingo player.
I hollered “Bingo” five times in one session, and afterwards an 89-year-old lady who I don’t know personally approached me.
She handed me a piece of paper with her phone number on it. Confused as to why an 89-year-old woman is giving a 34-year-old guy her phone number, I explained to her that I see her all the time at Bingo and didn’t need her phone number. She replied, “Oh, honey, I need you to do me a big, big favor. If you ever decide not to come to Bingo, I want you to telephone me that morning because I am coming! I just can’t seem to win when you are here, so let me know when you AREN’T going to be here!”
This lady plays one 6-on paper packet, while others like me play electronic machines with 25 packets in them.
Last week, as she requested, I called her to let her know that I wasn’t planning to go to Bingo that day. She went—and ended up winning a $500 Blackout!
The next day I saw her, she came over to me, handed me a $10 bill and thanked me for staying home. She also had one more request for me: “Now can you give me your Bingo schedule for the next month?”
—Jim Metzger, Portland, Oregon
Thanks for sharing; I enjoyed your story very much. But you may regret going public with it—especially after 100 more players read it then hand you their phone numbers and ask that you call them on your next “day off” as well!
Dear Aunt Bingo,
I live in Santa Clara County, California. I play almost every day of the week at the various Bingo halls in the area. There are times that I’ve noticed the rules being broken at some of the halls. Even though several other of the players, along with myself, notice that the rules are being broken, and we all say something at the time, the people who work the Bingo games ignore us and continue to do what they want to do.
For example: a player calls Bingo after the next ball has been called and claims that they called Bingo before the next ball was called by the caller, but the caller didn’t hear him or her. According to the Bingo hall rules, the player has missed the Bingo. I have seen the workers take the ball out of the monitor, off the Bingo board and actually give the player the Bingo!
As far as I know, the rules of all the Bingo games clearly state that the caller is the one who has to hear the person calling Bingo and it is up to the person calling Bingo to make sure the caller hears her or him.
The next rule of all the Bingo halls is that the Bingo must be called on the last ball called, before the next ball is called by the caller; otherwise it’s considered a missed Bingo. Yet, several times throughout the years I have played Bingo, I’ve seen both of these rules broken. Where do we report this type of conduct when it happens? Over the years many of the other Bingo players and I have discussed the issue, yet no one is really quite sure.
Could you please give us the name, or names, of where we might report such obvious disobedience of the rules if it should happen in our area for future reference? Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
—Just Want to Know
Bingo in California is regulated by the California Attorney General’s Office (AGO). It has several offices, called Charitable Trust Sections, as follows:
Los Angeles: Charitable Trusts Section, Office of the Attorney General, 300 South Spring Street, Room 1702, Los Angeles, CA 90013
San Francisco: Charitable Trusts Section, Office of the Attorney General, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 11000, San Francisco, CA 94102-7004
Sacramento: Charitable Trusts Section, Office of the Attorney General, 1300 I Street, P.O. Box 944255, Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
There is also a website (www.ag.ca.gov/charities) which may be helpful.
The AGO also has a Public Inquiry Unit which hopefully can help you with your questions or direct you to the correct source. That phone number is 916-322-3360.
Good luck! —Aunt Bingo
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