Cry Wolf

Falsely Yell ‘Bingo,’ Break the Law

The boy who cried “Bingo”? An 18-year-old Kentuckian was cited last month for falsely yelling “bingo” when he, in fact, had not won the game. Austin Whaley was cited with second-degree disorderly conduct after charging into a bingo hall with his friends and yelling “Bingo!” halting the game and alarming the patrons. “Just like you can’t run into a theater and yell ‘fire’ when it’s not on fire, you can’t run into a crowded bingo hall and yell ‘bingo’ when there isn’t one,” the police sergeant who cited Whaley said. For his punishment, Whaley is forbidden from using the word “bingo” for six months.