Philly.com – As soon as he saw the balloon dart game at one boardwalk stand, Martin Silva knew something was wrong. Some of the balloons were under-inflated. Darts tend to bounce off balloons when they’re not fully inflated, making them harder to burst, he said. A senior inspector with the state Division of Consumer Affairs, Silva determined the saggy balloons constituted a violation of New Jersey’s consumer protection laws. He could have hit the stand with a $250 fine, but gave it a break, noting that it had just opened for the day and allowing for the possibility that the balloons had lost air overnight. At his urging, the girl operating the stand spent the next hour diligently inflating new balloons and replacing the saggy ones. … Inspectors asked Vinnie Scuzzese to remove several bushel baskets that were bolted to his stand. Customers toss softballs into the baskets and must get one to stay inside in order to win. … “I’ve been doing this a long time,” he said. “Whatever they want to see, I show them.” … Other things that were checked included crane games, specifically making sure the crane arms have the required tension to support grasping a prize and delivering it to the customer through a slot, or whether they were set so softly that the crane automatically let go of a prize, making the customer a loser.
Switching the Caption Contest up a bit. Was discussing this article with our Philly Sales Guy Louis on Gchat and things quickly devolved into an “Overheard At Boardwalk Inspection” contest. Fake conversations between the Boardwalk games people and the State inspectors.
“LOOK you want me to show you how it’s possible to get a plastic ring around a glass bottle? Allow me to stand at this convenient angle closer to the bottles to demonstrate.”
“You think I’m stupid? Gun number 3′s water pressure barely makes it to the clown’s mouth!”
“Sir, I just dropped the basketball from my waist and it bounced 40 feet into the air. Explain.”
You Stoolies have shorely been around the boardwalk long enough to join in and trump our weak examples. Let me see what you got. Give me a quote overheard during a boardwalk game inspection.