Bowling Alley Attendant

Bowling Alley Attendant


New York, NY

Male, 35

For a few years in high school I was a lead attendant at a bowling alley. Responsibilities included everything from taking payment for the various package offerings, handing out shoes, dealing with mechanical issues with the lanes and solving any and all problems that arose.

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Last Answer on January 18, 2013

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I once saw a girl get her thumb stuck in the ball and go flying a good 20 ft down the lane -- ouch. What is the craziest bowling alley mishap you've ever witnessed?

Asked by Bailey over 12 years ago

That's a great one. Seen that before too. The worst once of that nature I saw also took half the fingernail too. OUCH! The craziest (best?) mishaps I've seen ALWAYS involve drunks. In this case, Mr. Drunk learned the hard way why bowling shoes are so smooth on the bottom. As he aggressively approached the lanes for his shot, his front foot stuck and he faceplanted on the lane. Buzzer sounds. Laughter ensues.

You ever pull pranks on each other to pass the time? A bowling alley seems rife with potential...

Asked by GK over 12 years ago

Typical pranks were played on bowlers by messing with their names on the computer. Someone with the initials "AB" might roll a strike and see "@ss Bandit" up there on the screen.

Which is harder: a 300-game, or the 7-10 split?

Asked by rollinrollinrollin over 12 years ago

Good question. I don't know the odds, but I had never seen a 300 game and saw a bunch of 7-10 splits...

What's the most number of strikes you've seen someone roll in a row?

Asked by alleycat over 12 years ago

12. Tension in the room was wild for the last toss.

Better bowling movie: Kingpin or Lebowski, and why?

Asked by theDUDE over 12 years ago

Both are great flicks. But really, nobody f**ks with the Jesus.

What do bowling alleys do to keep those nasty shoes clean?

Asked by xxx300xxx over 12 years ago

Well, you have every right to be grossed out. It's disgusting how bad they smell after a night of bowling. The good news is that they replace them quite a bit and we used a pretty powerful disinfectant spray after each use. My best advice - wear a nice thick sock when you go bowling OR, better, treat yourself to a cheap pair of pimped out bowling shoes.

Is is possible for someone to get their finger stuck in the ball and send themselves into the pins???

Asked by freespirit5795 over 11 years ago

Stuck - yes. Often. Seen one dislocation. Not pretty. Sending yourself into the pins would require a lot of alcohol.