Tulsa sheriff's deputies arrest 2 fair workers

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 9/29/2013 10:54 pm Published: 9/29/2013 10:12 pm

Tulsa County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Tulsa State Fair workers Saturday night.

Deputies said Jon Morton and Frank Feikema were cheating people by not following the operating rules at a balloon bust game.

FOX23 learned both men were working stands where customers pay money for darts then pop balloons for prizes.

Grant Beams went to the fair Sunday with his family. He aimed a dart and popped a balloon to win a prize for one of his little girls.

He said, “You know a lot of us don’t have money. We‘re just out here trying to have fun and get our kids some prizes.”

FOX23 saw Beams follow the rules as he played the game Sunday.

But Tulsa County sheriff deputies said two game operators didn’t follow the rules.

Beams said, “To know that’s going on, I just don’t think it’s fair to us.”

Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin said, “You know people bring their kids out here to have a good time. They don’t come out here to get defrauded or cheated.”

But they said that’s what two game operators did. Sheriff’s deputies found out what was going on by getting into the game in an undercover sting operation on Saturday night.

Customers pay $5 for three darts, pop a balloon and win a prize. If the player pops another balloon rules say the winner can trade in the smaller prize for a bigger one.

According to the arrest reports, an undercover deputy said the two workers arrested both took $40, let him pop one balloon and pick any prize.

Albin said the fair’s operator, Murphy Bros., applauds them taking action.

He said, “Because we pride ourselves on running one of the safest, fairest fairs in the nation.”

We’ve learned both workers were booked for a violation of the Carnival Fraud Act. Morton was also booked for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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t town253 - 9/30/2013 2:43 PM
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Well dang we got jipped then cuz we were told we had to pop all three balloons to get a prize. We popped all three and got a dinky lil one. Was told we had to play another round to upgrade or trade in animal. BUSTERS!!

Cblewis - 9/30/2013 2:24 PM
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Let me get this straight, the scam is that someone was allowed to basically buy a $5 stuffed animal for $40 (their own choice, not coerced), but the "victim" is the guy who only paid $5 and got a prize. Dang this evil free-market society. We need ObamaFair!

Unwashed Mass - 9/30/2013 10:17 AM
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Don't we all feel so much safer that Sheriff's deputies dedicate all their resources and tax dollars to protect us from this, year after year? Should we also have mentioned that the "drug paraphernalia" are the pipes that are given away as prizes?
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