Bingo Night At Holyoke Old Folk’s Home Reduced To Twice A Month After Threats To Egg Employees Cars And Fights Over Seats So The Geriatric Mafia Shook Down The City Council And Now It’s Coming Back
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Holyoke is such a shithole that they even have elderly Bingo beef:
Banging on doors, yelling, threatening to egg cars. Frat house? Nope — Holyoke Senior Center, at least according to one official.
“The Friday bingo mindset seems to infect people who behave rationally all other days of the week,” said Navae Fenwick Rodriguez, executive director of the Holyoke Council on Aging (COA). “She’s putting that way out of hand. It’s not that bad,” said Lorraine Gorham, 77.
Allegedly bad behavior by senior citizens prompted Rodriguez to announce last week she was reducing the number of times bingo will be held at the Senior Center at 291 Pine St. to two Fridays a month from the current four a month. Gorham and others responded with calls to city councilors and circulation of a petition to ensure bingo stays available at the Senior Center four Fridays a month. With echoes of fraternity house rowdiness, which was met with denials or skepticism, Rodriguez nonetheless said in an email sent to a city councilor that the clamor includes:
- seniors banging on doors of other rooms at the facility;
- sneaking people in for lunch when a ticket is required;
- being rude to staff and volunteers;
- leaving the room a mess;
- threatening to egg the vehicles of staff and volunteers upon learning bingo regularity was in jeopardy.
The alleged boorishness seems to stem from senior citizens impatient to enter the multipurpose room where bingo is held and then rushing in to compete for seats at tables with friends, Rodriguez said in the email.
“In (one) case, a player yelled at a (COA) board member because the board was meeting in the multipurpose room prior to bingo. Though it was only 11:15, and bingo doesn’t start until 1, she didn’t think the board had any right to prevent her from getting to her coveted seat,” Rodriguez said.
Gorham acknowledged seniors display an eagerness to get seated in a desired location, to ensure they’ll enjoy their spot during the hours-long event, but she said she is unfamiliar with the situation as described by Rodriguez.
I’m just gonna come out and say it – I really hate the elderly. Especially when they’re gambling. They’re the most delusional insane creatures on earth. I go to the casino all the time. There is no reasoning with these people. They think everything involving gambling belongs to them because they’ve been here longer. That seat at the blackjack table? That’s their lucky seat. And if you sit in it you’re gonna fuck up the cards they get. That entire row of slot machines? Don’t you dare sit there because Grandma is due, and even though each machine is independent of the others, it will definitely affect Grandma’s ability to win the jackpot.
I’ve also seen these people at the Foxwoods Bingo hall, and it’s exactly as this commenter on Masslive puts it:
First, if an elderly person cuts you in line to buy your cards, it’s ok because they know everyone there, and they deserve a “lifetime achievement” award. Second, don’t sit in their “lucky seat” (located 2 seats away from them) – you will get the ‘death glare’. I haven’t seen behavior like that since elementary school, when a new kid tried to find a place to sit in the cafeteria at lunch. Third, don’t whisper (not talk) during the game. The way it works is if you’re older, and can’t hear as well, you can talk as loud as you want. If you’re younger, and make a peep, you will get the “death glare” (again), followed by the big ‘SHHH!’ Finally, if you actually win, just say “Bingo!”, raise your hand, and show no emotion. Your victory will be met with slaps on the table, a community groan, and the “death glare” (again). Please keep in mind that if a senior citizen wins, he/she will jump out of the chair, scream “Bingo”, and proceed to tell everyone at the table that he/she won because God loves him/her (after complaining all night that he/she never wins). I couldn’t believe the poor manners, spoiled attitudes, and the sense of entitlement demonstrated by the elderly when I went to Bingo. You think kids “these days” are bad? Trust me, senior citizens act worse. The only difference is the kids still have a chance to grow/learn (I believe the word is “mature”) from their mistakes. From what I saw at Bingo, it’s too late in the game for the “senior citizens” to do so. One final thought – I don’t know if the Holyoke Senior Center has paid employees that put on Bingo, or if it is run by volunteers. If it’s volunteers, I’d find other work for them to do in the building. If it’s employees, handle the situation as if you were dealing with a child: take their game away. Bingo, Director Rodriguez.
Yes!! Every single word of it. I’d say that this guy has been to the same Bingo games I have, but chances are this same exact thing happens at every single Bingo game at every single old folks home and casino in America.
The only reason people cater to their delusion is because they vote. That’s just a scientific fact. Every singe one of these mother fuckers votes before the early bird special because they know they have politicians by the balls. Why do you think everything involving the elderly is ALWAYS off the table when it comes to budget cuts? Because old people never forget. They are cold-blooded, ruthless, and election day is their Christmas.
Look, everything allegation you read above is an example of entitlement. And the “greatest generation” INVENTED entitlements. They INVENTED sucking off the system. Millenials just perfected it. Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security – these are sacred cows. Thus they feel like Bingo is something they are owed. It’s all they’ve got left ever since they stopped airing Matlock reruns. If you think for one second that some old hag at the COA is above sneaking her friend Maude from the old folks home in Franklin County into her Bingo game, I’ve got a horse ranch in Nantucket with your name on it.
And of course Council President Kevin Jourdain, who knows absolutely nothing about what’s really going on during Bingo night, has instinctively taken the side of the old hags. Here’s an email he wrote to the executive director of the Holyoke Council on Aging (COA):
“As you know, I have to date never intervened in the Senior Center’s internal affairs. I am now making an exception to that tradition. With all due respect, their Friday bingo is the number one activity in terms of attendance for seniors on a weekly basis. This group tremendously looks forward to this activity. We built that facility for them and they want bingo once per week. They shall have their bingo once per week as they have had it. They are the bosses in the chain of command. We are the servants.”
Jesus fucking Christ. Bro, try to make it more obvious that the old people have you by the balls. You can’t. “They are the bosses, we are the servants!!!” The fucking servants!! He doesn’t wait for the facts because he doesn’t need the facts. The old people say the lady at the nursing home is a liar, therefore she’s a liar.
A number of unfair accusations are being thrown at the seniors and many of them are offended at the way they are being spoken to by you. Some of them have told me that you stated they are lucky to have bingo at all. The obvious retort to that is you are lucky to have your job serving them. I am being called by highly respected members of the community who I have a hard time believing are telling me tall tales.
Please kindly reconsider this action and restore the weekly bingo before this matter escalates into a larger issue than it needs to be. They have already formed a petition and it is now on my radar. I have informed the mayor as well. We need to work through solutions absent reducing their time to play.
He’s being told these things by “highly respected members of the community.” Translation – a gang of elderly thugs called him up on their landlines and told him that if he didn’t bring Bingo back EVERY week, as opposed to every OTHER week, then his ass will be recalled by April. And make no doubt about it – they have the ability to do is so fast it will make these whipper snapper’s heads spin!! Old people tell lies? Out of the question.
Just look at this guy’s cover photo on his website:
Notice he’s not talking to some kid at the local elementary school. He’s talking to an old guy who’s telling him exactly how he’s gonna vote going forward. Because old people are more powerful than the mafia.
Anyway, Turtleboy believes the executive director of the Holyoke Council on Aging eight days a week over anything this group of golden girl thugs has to say. What does Rodriguez have to gain by lying? Nothing. What do the old people have to gain by lying? Bingo night twice a month. And anyone who fucks with Bingo night gets bitch slapped by the geriatric mafia.
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