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Fight over seat sparks brawl at Canadian nursing home bingo game

A bingo game at a Canadian nursing home turned ugly earlier this week when an argument between two elderly women over a vacant seat escalated into what authorities called a “physical altercation.”

The altercation took place at a long-term care facility in Rideau Lakes, Ontario, slightly north of the American border.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the two women — aged 79 and 86 — apparently wanted to sit in the same seat. Tempers flared as neither would relinquish their demands. Other residents became involved, turning the situation into what was termed a brawl.

Officials said no one appeared to be seriously injured. There were no charges filed, officials told CBC.

“It was certainly a rare call for us,” police spokeswoman Sandra Barr said. She added that she was not able to clarify whether or not bingo was finally played after the argument simmered down.

Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin

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