This is not the intended way to end one of NJ’s most iconic games
Of course, New Jersey must have some sort of tie to this ridiculous incident that erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At least this rampage didn’t end in injury to anyone other than a sore loser who can’t play a simple board game.
According to this story from KATV in Oklahoma, a family gathering turned violent over a Monopoly game. Yes, the famous board game based on Atlantic City. That Monopoly most of us played growing up, and still play as adults.
Fortunately, it is the only Jersey tie in this story that we know of. According to reporting by KATV, the family “had been playing Monopoly together when a fight broke out between the ‘gunman’ and his stepfather.”
Take a break there. A gun? really? over 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 flipping over furniture, they were told by other family members to take the fight outside.” It was shortly after this moment that the family member pulled his gun and chased other family members outside.
He fired one shot into the ground. Fortunately, that was all there 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 wasn’t able to pass or collect the $200 afterward. Maybe the cost of Park Place or the Boardwalk was just a little too much for him.
Could it be that our Jersey-based board game is responsible for bringing out all that fury?
We have our fair share of road rage, but not over our board games. Is it possible that Monopoly causes so much stress that it makes people snap like that?
I have a family member who could never handle losing at Monopoly and acted in a similar way, but without guns. If this family member of mine lost badly enough, they would start yelling and flipping the board just like what happened here. But again, no gun was ever involved.
Look, we should be happy that people across the country love our iconic game, but we have to keep our heads down if fortune doesn’t go our way. Not all of us want to own a hotel or land on free parking, after all.
Now, yes, the family drank some alcoholic beverages at the time, but is that really unusual? That this particular family member took it to the level he did is just sad. And honestly, it’s a good thing 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 poll below and let us know.
Again, it’s great that friends and family all over the world love to play a game that is based in the state of New Jersey itself. But remember it’s just a game, it’s not meant to end in violence.
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