Hello Kitty Doll Lands Tulsa State Fair Worker In Jail

Sunday, September 29th 2013, 3:39 pm
By: Dee Duren

A Tulsa State Fair worker was arrested for fraud after handing over a Hello Kitty doll to a Tulsa County Sheriff's deputy for $40. Frank Feikema of Houston was booked on a complaint of violating the carnival fraud act.

Feikema, 65, was operating a booth where fairgoers pay to throw darts and pop balloons, according to an arrest report. A deputy approached the midway booth at 9:30 Saturday night, asking Feikema how much it would cost to win the largest prize.

"The rules state that the participant must win a certain number of each size prize to trade up for a larger prize," the deputy said in his report. "You continue to trade up until the largest prize is won."

Feikema reportedly told the deputy that for $40, he could pop one balloon and have whatever prize he desired.

"I took a dart, popped a balloon on the first try, handed him $40 and asked for one of the largest prizes," the deputy said. "He handed me the Hello Kitty that I asked for and I walked away."

Tulsa County Assessor Ken Yazel and two reserve deputies arrested Feikema about five minutes later, according to the arrest report. Feikema, 65, was taken into custody.

Authorities also confiscated a change belt and $175 that were booked into evidence.