Bingo Hall Row Ends In Slashed Tyres
- Updated: June 3rd, 2015
She sat in his seat at bingo, so he slashed her car tyres…
Fred Smith, 82, was arrested last week after slashing a fellow pensioner’s car tyres, allegedly because she ‘sat in his seat’ at bingo.
Witnesses state that Mr Smith had stormed outside after being told he couldn’t sit in his favourite bingo chair. Later, he was caught on CCTV footage outside the local bingo hall in Lake Wales, Flordia, taking an ice pick to Ethal Britt’s van. After puncturing two car tyres, he was confronted by a police officer and charged with criminal mischief.
The van owner, Ethel, was celebrating her 88th birthday when the incident took place. She commented “I didn’t think anyone would be low enough to do that to my car because I didn’t know I had any enemies in my life. I thought everybody was my friend, but undoubtedly I have one enemy.”
Lake Wales Deputy Chief Troy Schulze said: “He was apologetic. He said he was embarrassed. He regretted doing it, but he took ownership of it and said that even in the embarrassment he had to face consequences.”