Don't yell BINGO unless you mean it

Austin Whaley, 18, was arrested last month for yelling "bingo!" in a Covington, Ky bingo hall when he didn't really have bingo. The crowd of mostly elderly people grew angry and when Whaley refused to apologize, he was arrested for disorderly conduct. The judge barred him from the bingo hall and ordered him not to utter the word "bingo" for six months either. Good thing he didn't yell theater in a crowded fire. (TODAY News)


  1. I took an E.M.T. class that was conducted at a Fire Station.  One time when it was very crowded there (another CPR class overlapped)  I stood up and yelled “MOVIE!”

    Nobody got it.  8(

  2. I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, home of Punk Rock Bingo. Invented right here and already forked into mutually opposed camps, Punk Rock Bingo is poised to take over the world, one bar at a time. Or something. 

    But my point is this: at Punk Rock Bingo, if you yell out “Bingo” and don’t have one, they haul you up on stage and spank you with a wooden oar. Ouch. Strangely enough, some people seem to like that sort of thing, so there is on-stage spanking nearly every time.

    Visit Calgary. It’s cold up here. We do weird things for entertainment.

  3. Clearly he needs to come back with an assault rifle and a couple cans of gasoline, and if anyone complains he can have the NRA sue them. 

  4. It’s funny because old people deserve to have their stereotypical gambling pastime disrupted by an obnoxious teenager.

  5. seems credible that yelling “fire!” in a movie theater is prohibitively dangerous for much the same reason that yelling “bingo!” (falsely) in a bingo hall is also (or telling a suicide bomber joke on a plane (“so i called a suicide hotline last night and it was routed to a call-center in Pakistan…” uzw))

  6. The olds have to realize that their monopoly on BINGO is at an end, and get out of the way.

  7. The case which gave us “falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater” standard was overturned.   It was also one of the horrible, unjust, WWI sedition cases.

  8. Sixty years from now he’ll be sitting in a bingo hall, with a large prize in the offing, and the last space he needs to fill will be called.  And when he shouts”BINGO!”, everyone will ignore him.

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