December 20, 2016
Help me, my family keep cheating!.
The fast-dealing property trading game, Monopoly is a classic. We can’t even keep up with how many versions there are now. There is also an impressive variety of themed Monopoly boards – from Disney’s Frozen, Simpsons, Pokémon and even One Direction…
The game promises to leave greed and tension in the air; everyone loves good fortune and some people go to extreme lengths to win and get it. A survey found that 51% of Monopoly games end in a row and 13% admit to regularly lifting money from the bank when the rest of the family aren’t looking. Sneaky!
The most popular arguments include people being too cocky when they win, someone stealing from the bank and arguing over what the rules of ‘free parking’ are. Shocking! Other ways people cheat include moving your token more or less than shown on the dice, to your advantage, making up the rules that suit you (how selfish), to someone who doesn’t know and sneakily adding more houses/hotels than you’ve paid for. Is this your household in a nutshell? Fed up of your dad cheating or your uncle making up his own rules?
Well stress no more as Monopoly chiefs have set up an exclusive Christmas hotline. The hotline will be open to ensure drama-free festivities from 24th – 26th December 2016. Families will be able to seek professional help as experts will be on hand, armed with official rulebooks which means absolutely no cheating! Yes, this means families can have a peaceful Christmas – or at least one without a Monopoly war. People also have the opportunity to donate to ChildLine, the free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people, when they call. So what are you waiting for? Get your phones ready and your Monopoly boards out! The helpline can be reached on 0800 689 4903.
And, if you’re interested, the full list of the Top 10 Monopoly arguments went:
1. People making up rules
2. People being too cocky when winning
3. Someone buying a property you want, even when they don’t need it
4. People taking too long to take their turn
5. Someone stealing from the bank
6. Someone deliberately mis-counting their move
7. Who gets to be the banker
8. The property auction process
9. Choice over tokens
10. What the rules of “Free Parking” are