In what must be the most bizarre Bingo story we have heard for a while, took place recently in Cork Ireland. A Grandmother was arrested outside of a Bingo Hall in the city for possession of Cocaine.
You would not normally associate a Bingo Hall with the sale of narcotics and despite the name of the bingo hall, in this case, it is Rock Bingo, this must be the most exciting thing to happen there for a while.
We are pretty sure that the large majority of bingo players are partaking in the numbers game whilst having their faculties about them.
Unfortunately for Helen Heaphy who in this case is the Cocaine Gran, she was caught by the local Gardai with cocaine to the value of €350 on her.
That amount of drugs brings with it 2 charges, one of possession and the other of having the intent to supply. According to the poor Gran, she was simply carrying it and delivering it to someone.
Perhaps there was a bingo player or two who wanted to enhance the game or even cheat a bit and be a bit more alert. Apparently, the use of Cocaine does enhance concentration for a short bit.
We never thought that the terms Cocaine supply and Playing Bingo would ever come together. It just goes to show you how wrong it is to judge a book by its cover.
The Wild World of Bingo has a lot happening in it and this is merely another footnote in its history. Make no mistake it is a pretty sordid affair and we do think that she was an innocent.
Innocent or not, she has pled guilty to all the charges and has received a fine of €750. She has to report to a local Garda (Police) Station on a weekly basis and has 3 months to pay the fine.
Watch out for your local dealer the next time you are down at the local bingo hall, you might just get a buzz out of playing your next bingo game.Even better, why not head to Cork for a bingo game of the good stuff.