Southwold socks it to bankers

RECESSION-hit Britons are getting their own back on banks by playing one of the country's newest amusement arcade games.Inventor Tim Hunkin says the "Whack A Banker" machine at his pier arcade in Southwold is proving a great investment.

RECESSION-hit Britons are getting their own back on banks by playing one of the country's newest amusement arcade games.

Inventor Tim Hunkin says the "Whack A Banker" machine at his pier arcade in Southwold is proving a great investment.

Punters are promised a "truly rewarding banking experience' and use a mallet to hit as many bald pop-up figures as they can in a limited time.

"You pay 40p to hit as many bankers as you can in 30 seconds as their heads pop up. It's based on an older game called 'Whack a Mole',' said Mr Hunkin, 58.

"It's proving very popular. I keep having to replace worn-out mallets.'

He added: "The bankers are bald and all look the same because that's how I think people see bankers - as faceless.

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"And, of course, the bankers never really lose. If you win the game a banker's voice says: 'You win. We retire. Thank you very much to the taxpayer for paying our pensions'.'