This one I guarantee will raise a smile only because it is absolutely true. Taking grandson,Jack,aged 3, down to the Hollywood Bowl 10 pin bowling alley this evening Stopped en route at an ATM to withdraw £100. Part of the craic is that Jack withdraws the money from the machine itself. He hands me £80 and holds to £20 which he will give back to me later. Get to the Hollywood Bowl, at the bar ordering a drink, keeping an ever watchful eye on Jack who is standing in front of and peering up at a large fruit machine. Get my drink and ask Jack where is the £20. He points at the machine and says "in the machine, Grandad" Whereas I always knew you could put your £1 coin into the machine I now know you can also insert notes including a £20 note. This is what Jack had done. Machine is now showing that I have £20 credit. Called the manageress over and explain what my three-year-old had done. Very sympathetic but said that machine was not theirs, they had no access, and could not help. Am now left with the machine with £20 credit on it, decided had no choice but to play the thing, but pressing various buttons nothing seems to be happening. Called back the manageress who returned with a youngish man and explain that I have never played a fruit machine in my life and had no idea what to do. Neither of them were familiar with this particular machine but the bloke got us going by pressing some buttons and away we went. After pressing the start button about five or six times the manager said look there you are you have already got some money back and pointed out that £6 had appeared in the bank. Just kept pressing the start button and every now and then the money in the bank would go up and up until it reached £19. Decided to try and collect the money to cut our losses. However it became apparent that you had to use up all your credit, £12 of which remained, before you could collect your winnings. There, I said, I knew there was a catch. kept pressing the stop button until all the credit was used up, looked across at the bank, which showed that we had won £59. I don't know who was more pleased, Jack and I, or the manageress and her colleague.
Apart from all that a very nice place to spend an evening at. Good atmosphere, as you can see from the above very friendly and helpful staff, food is not unreasonable but would just suggest that when they serve hot dogs to children straight from the microwave they should give a warning that they are nuclear hot! Service in the bar tends to be very slow but do not wish to end on a discordant note after the great help I received earlier on.
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