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Trivia Night discrimination

 
 
Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 04:40 am
I am a guy that plays trivia in the Hudson Valley, NY area at bars and restaurants. I have been playing at the same places the past couple years. Needless to say, I am somewhat adept at it and win a lot. Now a certain trivia company's owner who is hired by the restaurant/bars to perform a service, told me that I win too much and to not attend the events. Naturally, I refused to listen to him because I felt he was totally wrong to ask me not to come.

A feud developed and I continued to go to trivia nights at the various locales. The owners and managers of the establishments have did not have any issues with me playing. So my question is, is it lawful for the trivia company's owner and employees to refuse to allow me to particpate at these trivia events? They are a separate company hired by the eateries to run the trivia game itself.

Is their decision arbitrary and discrminatory and can I take legal action if they refuse to let me participate?

Note, I do not break any rules or equipment, am not unruly, and do not cheat.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 04:46 am
Have they posted rules anywhere, before or after this came about?
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 04:55 am
You're overthinking this. They just want others to win to keep up interest in the events. If one person wins all the time, others will probably lose interest, and that is bad for their business.
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 05:07 am
@johnrain,
Whether or not you are/were discriminated against is unlikely. However, I wouldn't waste time and money trying to make a legal case from this. No moral or ethical lawyer would want to take this case. If they're to 'ban' you, you'd not be suffering any financial, professional setbacks.

As Set said, don't overthink this matter. They just want patrons to have fun and spend money. People leave or don't participate when one person wins a lot. I'm a 'triv nut', too, and when I play these games every now and then I see a 'ringer'. I watch people get turned off and mercy sakes top buying beers. The 3rd-party the at runs the triv game is there to keep people around and spend $$$.

Btw, on a different parallel...in Las Vegas, in casinos, they throw out card-counters. And casinos are backed up in discrimination legal court cases. Is card-counting cheating? Well, you have done an amazing feat...memorized a few thousand answers to triv questions. Commendable but not plus for their business success.

However, they (private party) have the right to allow those the privilege to play their triv games..and have established certain rules. What do their rules say?
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 09:46 am
Learn something new every day. This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing as organized trivia games at public venues. Honest. Boggles the mind.
Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 09:48 am
@Lustig Andrei,
Bars and restaurant and clubs have been having triv contests for decades.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2014 12:09 pm
@johnrain,
Have you offered to defer any prizes to the second-place player?
johnrain
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2014 02:22 am
@edgarblythe,
They changed the rules when I started winning as a solo team, they made it that teams had to have at least two players.
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johnrain
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2014 02:24 am
@ehBeth,
The prizes are small! Each player gets a $5.00 or $10.00 gift certificate depending on what venue it is.
contrex
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2014 03:48 am
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

You're overthinking this. They just want others to win to keep up interest in the events. If one person wins all the time, others will probably lose interest, and that is bad for their business.


People go out to trivia contests/pub quizzes for a bit of relaxed fun; they don't want to have that fun spoiled by a know-all jackass who is obsessed with winning. OP - are you on the spectrum?
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2014 05:33 am
@johnrain,
Fergeddaboudit!
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