A US teenager who falsely yelled "bingo" in a bingo hall has been charged with disorderly conduct and banned from saying the word for six months.
Austin Whaley, 18, yelled the now forbidden word at a Kentucky bingo hall on February 9, where a group of predominantly elderly women were playing, NBC reports.
Whaley said the interjection did not get much a of a reaction from the players but did appear to infuriate an off-duty police officer who arrested him on the spot.
"Instantly, he grabbed my hands, handcuffed me and then takes me to the back of his cruiser," Whaley said.
The 18-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct for causing patrons to think they had lost and temporarily stopping the bingo hall from operating.
Police Sgt. Richard Webster, who arrested Whaley, compared the teen's actions with running into a theatre and falsely yelling "fire".
Fortunately for Whaley, however, Judge Douglas Grothaus took a more lenient view of his actions and banned him from saying the word "bingo" for six months.
"I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who thought the charge was crazy. I'm glad that he was really cool about it," Whaley said.
If Whaley manages to hold his tongue for the next six months the charge will be dismissed.
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Mark Worley