Apr 5, 2024 - News

Trivia cheating scandal rocks D.C. bar Red Bear Brewing

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A trivia cheating scandal at Red Bear Brewing has very online Washingtonians in a tizzy.

Why it matters: In a town filled with people trying to relive their Model UN glory days, trivia isn't just some silly bar game — it's the D.C. equivalent of flexing shirtless on Muscle Beach.

Catch up quick: A team was caught cheating — likely at last week's Wednesday night trivia event — and has subsequently been barred from brewery trivia, co-owner Simon Bee tells Axios. He declined to give the team's name, but said "they had basically been the reigning champs for a couple of weeks."

  • Simon believes the duo was using an Apple Watch to Shazam the songs during the music trivia portion.

This is the first time in five years of trivia that anyone's been caught cheating, says Bee.

  • He was a little caught off guard, he says — after all, winners only get gift cards or merch. But apparently, he underestimated one very important thing: What a bunch of hyper-competitive little nerds we all are.
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