For the love of god, mind your manners while bowling. It’s not only impolite to bowl at the same time as the neighboring lane, but it could be hazardous to your health.
A dispute over bowling etiquette this week led to an all-out brawl that led to one man getting hit in the face with a 16-pound bowling ball, knocking out a tooth. All in all, a normal Wednesday night in Sacramento.
What can only be described as a discarded scene from The Warriors began when Joseph Hinkle had a verbal confrontation with bowlers in the next lane, when they didn’t hold back when he was about to roll. That soon became a fight involving as many as six people, in which Ryan Scott David smashed Hinkle’s face with a ball.
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 20 years, and this is my first bowling ball attack,” said Lt. Lon Milka, of the Rocklin Police Department.
Somewhat hilariously, Hinkle’s wife claims that he is a professional bowler, though the PBA says he’s not a member.
Mark Miller, a spokesman for the United States Bowling Congress, says it’s not uncommon for disputes to arise over bowling etiquette.
“It’s not like when you start to bowl you are handed a piece of paper. There is not a formal way where a newcomer will be taught that,” Miller said.
In the vast majority of cases, however, conflicts are solved “pretty casually” – without violence – Miller said.