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After losing money to slot machines in Fife, man accused of dumping water on them

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 15, 2013 at 10:52 am |
March 15, 2013 10:52 am

The machines ate his money, so he took revenge.

Pierce County prosecutors say a 20-year-old man dumped water into five slot machines at a bingo hall in Fife after losing all his money in December.

The owner didn’t realize what had happened until much later, when the damaged machines were discovered and he reviewed surveillance tapes. It cost about $5,000 to fix the slot machines.

When the man recently returned to the bingo hall, employees recognized him and called police. An officer told him someone had dumped water on the machines.

“The defendant initially looked shocked and then he appeared relieved,” according to charging papers. “The defendant said that he had been playing slots and lost all of his money which made him made.”

It’s unknown how much money the man lost to the machines.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with first-degree malicious mischief. He has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

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