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Fat chance: Boardwalk safety inspectors find games unfair

Posted On: Jul. 19, 2018 11:11 AM CST

Fat chance: Boardwalk safety inspectors find games unfair

It’s safe to say that the boardwalk games along the Jersey shore are not giving players their fair chance, according to inspectors with Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Safe Summer Initiative.

Inspectors checking out games along the boardwalks in at least two shore towns found 12 establishments in violation of state consumer protection laws and regulations, Action News Channel 6 reported Wednesday.

Some examples included in the news report were crane machines with prizes too heavy or packed too tightly to be picked up, and a boardwalk game where it was impossible to win the top prize in the number of allotted chances.

"Our investigators comb the boardwalk to ensure a fair and safe experience for the thousands of individuals and families who flock to the Jersey Shore each summer," Paul R. Rodríguez, acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, told reporters. "Through their efforts, we are making sure that the few stores and amusement game operators who aren't playing by the rules are held accountable so they don't spoil the fun for everyone."