Sunday, January 01, 2006

Deadbeat bowler goes 11 hours straight

Police in Sayama City, Japan arrested a 60-year-old man at a bowling alley last Tuesday for failing to pay for 48 games that he bowled in a marathon bowling session that lasted over 11 straight hours.

Starting before noon and calling it quits at 10:50 p.m., the unemployed man told bowling alley employees that he didn't have any money on him but that a friend would be coming to pay his $200 bill. When the alley closed at 2 a.m. and the man still showed no signs of paying, employees called the police.

The man's average over the 48 games was 133, and his best game was his 44th, in which he bowled 187. The only reason he stopped when he did, apparently, is that the lanes were programmed to shut down after 48 consecutive games.

—Mellow Monk

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