Dear Aunt Bingo,
volunteer at Bingo for my children’s school. Eighty
percent of the people playing Bingo seem to really enjoy
being mean to us volunteers who have to do it for
financial reasons. They call us names, swear at us and
get angry over the littlest things.
I try to let it
roll off my back and be nice to them, but it’s getting
hard to take their abuse month after month. So my
question to you, why are most of the people who play
Bingo at my children’s school so mean to the parent
volunteers? —Name and address withheld, via
It is sometimes difficult to determine why the
atmosphere in one Bingo hall can be so different from
another. But players and workers alike will tell you it
I have played Bingo in a hall that is bright
and cheery, with players who seem more like family
members out for a fun evening together than a group of
competitors chasing cash prizes. And less than a mile
down the road, I’ve played Bingo at another hall where
there are constant arguments by players who complain
about everything and are never satisfied. And the
funniest thing of all: I see many of the same faces at
My guess is that it is not, in fact, all
the players at your games who are “mean,” but a vocal
handful who are misbehaving and being allowed to get
away with it. Someone in charge needs to step up and
take responsibility for putting an end to the bad
Troublemakers need to know that there are
consequences for causing trouble. Once they see that,
they will either back down or go away.
I am reminded
of a story I ran in this column a few years ago about a
Bingo hall in Illinois that got so out of hand with bad
player behavior that the Bingo manager suspended the
games, locked the doors for a few months, and told
everyone to come back when they could be more civil.
Eventually the games resumed—with a huge improvement in
player behavior and worker morale. —Aunt
Dear Aunt Bingo,
Regarding your article about vacationing and playing
Bingo: It is a must!
Several years ago I played Bingo
while on vacation in Sandusky, Ohio, and won $13,000 on
a progressive pull-tab (plus an additional $30 at
A vacation without Bingo is not an option!
—MM, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, via iPhone
that’s what I call a vacation! And I got a chuckle out
of the extra $30 win—a nice little bonus to pay for that
bottle of wine you uncorked to celebrate the $13K, I’m
Big win or small, I am a huge fan of
vacation Bingo. It gives you a new, fun perspective on
Bingo in a different environment with a whole new crowd.
Try it! —Aunt Bingo
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