Of course, New Jersey has to have some kind of link to this ridiculous incident that broke out in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At least this anger didn’t end with harm to anyone other than a sore loser who can’t play a simple board game.
According to this KATV story in Oklahoma, a family gathering turned violent over a game of Monopoly. Yes, the famous board game based on Atlantic City. That same Monopoly that most of us played growing up, and still play as adults.
Fortunately, that’s the only Jersey tie in this story that we know of. According to a KATV report, the family had been “playing Monopoly together when a fight broke out between” the gunman “and his stepfather.”
Pause for a minute there. A weapon? Really? about monopoly? Look, those of us here in New Jersey know how stressful our Atlantic City-based game can be, but even we know not to get violent about it.
The report goes on to say that “after knocking over the game board and overturning the furniture, other family members told them to fight outside.” Shortly after this moment, the family member pulled the gun from him and chased other family members outside.
He fired a shot at the ground. Fortunately, that’s all it was and no one was hurt. It is very fortunate that it did not escalate further or this could have ended much worse.
After the police were called, he was immediately taken to jail, and no, he couldn’t get past or collect $200 afterwards. Maybe the cost of Park Place or Boardwalk was too much for him.
Is it possible that our Jersey-based board game is responsible for causing all the hype?
We have our fair share of road rage, but not because of our board games. Is it possible that Monopoly causes so much stress that it causes people to break down like this?
I have a family member who could never stand to lose at Monopoly and acted similarly, but without the gun. If this member of my family was losing enough he would start screaming and flip the board like it happened here. But then again, there was never a weapon involved.
Look, we should be happy that people across the country love our iconic game, but we have to keep a cool head if luck doesn’t favor us. After all, not all of us will own hotels or free parking lots.
Now yes, the family was having a few alcoholic beverages at the time, but is that really uncommon? The fact that this particular family member has taken it to the level that he did is just sad. And honestly, it’s nice that the only Jersey tie here is related to a board game.
Speaking of sore losers, have you ever played a game that somehow got out of hand thanks to someone who can’t handle it when they lost or are losing? Take the survey below and let us know.
Again, it’s great that friends and family around the world love to play a game based in the same state of New Jersey. But remember that it is just a game, it is not intended to end in violence.
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