This time, the victim was a Florida boy who was lured into the grip of a claw machine Wednesday night at the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Titusville, according to Florida Today.
The boy, identified only as Mason, decided that he really, really wanted a stuffed animal he saw inside the arcade game’s cage. Instead of paying to snatch it using the claw, Mason, who looked to be about 4 or 5, climbed up into the machine.
“He went in, but obviously he couldn’t come back out the same way,” Titusville Fire and Emergency Services battalion chief Greg Sutton said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
My favorite one of these was a story I read several years ago about a little Australian toddler who got caught in one of these. He had been pointing to a Spongebob plush-toy and a lollypop, and when his mother wasn’t looking he climbed right in and got them. Perfectly unharmed, thank God, and happily sucking on his lollypop. I particularly loved what his mother told the newspaper:
“All he wanted was his lolly.”
“’e’s croizy, t’at Salzmank!” “T’ey’re all croizy. T’ey’re all crazy except for you and me. Sometoimes Oi ’ave me doubts about you.”