If the Christmas dinner table is a metaphorical battleground for family feuds, then Monopoly is the cardboard equivalent of the atomic bomb. The fury-inducing board game's legacy is one of upturned tables, screaming matches and broken homes.
The Metro reported that a recent survey found that 51% of games end in a row, which is why Hasbro felt it was their duty to open a helpline for festive Monopoly-based bust-ups.
According to the survey, the most common arguments were due to people 'making up the rules as they go along', as well as winners gloating about their flush bank balance. Other reasons were given as:
- Someone buying a property you want, even when they don't need it
- People taking too long to take their turn
- Someone stealing from the bank
- Someone deliberately mis-counting their move
- Who gets to be the banker
- The property auction process
- Choice over tokens
- What the rules of "Free Parking" are
The hotline will be open from 24 December to the 26 to mediate family disputes. Craig Wilkins, Marketing Director of Hasbro UK & Ireland said: 'We'll have experts on hand with the official rulebooks to instantly settle any disputes, and advice on how to resolve common complaints, with each person also having the opportunity to make a donation to Childline when they call.'
You can't help but feel like none of this would be necessary if people actually read the rulebook…