Skip to comments.Missing Boy Found in Claw Machine at Bowling Alley
Posted on 04/16/2014 3:53:22 AM PDT by markomalley
A child reported missing by his mother was found safe inside a claw crane machine at a nearby bowling alley in Nebraska on Monday.
According to KETV, the childs mother called police around 5:30 p.m. after she discovered her 3-year-old boy was not inside her apartment.
At the bowling alley across the street, a little boy was found sitting with stuffed animals inside a claw crane machine. Employees called the vendor who quickly arrived and let the boy out.
While police were investigating the mothers missing child report, they were told about a boy found inside the claw crane machine at the nearby bowling alley. The mother was reunited with the child who is reportedly doing fine.
According to police, the mother was not cited because she contacted police as soon as she noticed the boy was missing.
Isn’t the most obvious question being ignored here?
Yes, If you had put in your 75 cents and hooked little Jason, could you have taken him home?
Hell yes! Did they use the claw to get him out?
How the heck did he manage to snake his way inside there?
Also, did they let him keep the toy he went in after?
He had the time of his life in there!
Oh, my, she must have had a really terrifying time before he was found.
Once, I went into a book store during Christmas shopping season, and my almost three year old son disappeared when I picked up a book to look at the back cover. I went out into the mall, and looked around, panicking as I saw hallways leading in all directions, and an escalator nearby. I started walking in a random direction and found him with a couple who had found him and were about to take him into a nearby store to call security. I was so relieved!
Thank goodness this little guy was okay. The mother will probably want to install something on the front door to keep him from wandering off like that again.
Who needs a babysitter when there’s a claw machine right across the street?
This is not the first time a kid has climbed into one of those machines.
Those games are such a rip-off. Has anybody ever been able to “claw” a decent prize playing one of those? If you do happen to grab an expensive prize, the game is actually programmed to “loosen the grip” so that the claw drops the prize just as you are about to get it to the chute.
The same thing happened to me!
I was traveling through JFK with my infant son and my daughter, who’d just turned two. It was a Red Eye flight, so there weren’t a lot of people and the lights were dimmed.
We arrived at our gate and I stopped to change my son’s wet diaper. It took less than 30 seconds. I turned around and my daughter was just gone. I’m standing there, holding my baby, and had NO friggin’ clue which direction to go, so I did the only thing that I could do.
I started screaming my head off that my daughter was missing. And I mean screaming. The 20 or so people at the terminal started scrambling, running left and right, then someone bellowed, “THERE SHE IS!”
She was coming down the escalator, holding a young man’s hand, calm as a cucumber. He said that saw a little girl step off the escalator, then heard the commotion, and put two and two together.
I still wish I could find that guy and buy him a beer. My hero.
She’s a new mom now I just just keep thinking, “Let the games begin.”
“Those games are such a rip-off. Has anybody ever been able to claw a decent prize playing one of those? If you do happen to grab an expensive prize, the game is actually programmed to loosen the grip so that the claw drops the prize just as you are about to get it to the chute.”
My nine year old put abuck in for two tries to get a shark eating Santa. Got it on the first try. He now thinks it should be that easy every time.
Actually, it sounds perfectly reasonable.
They didn’t say how well the Mom did in Farmville.
The expert has spoken.
Had a similar incident with my son at a large Ikea. Those little boys can move quick!
Look at the size of that kid — that is one big opening in that machine for that kid to fit through.
And if he could crawl in there, then he could also crawl out.
Why would anyone in the future want to use that useless claw to get a stuffed animal when they can just send in a toddler on a rope.
I can see how this happens - when I was a toddler I snuck out of the house while I was supposed to be napping and hitchhiked to my parents work. It was 2 lane country, luckily, and since I knew the name of the place where they both worked I told the man who picked me up and he took me straight there. I can’t believe I’m still alive with some of the things I pulled before the age of 5.
Hell no! I'd ask for a bleepin' refund! One 3 YO is enough for my house...I love my grandson to death, but the kid wears me out. lol
Should Hillary win the Presidency in 2016, I recommend that you change your screen name. lol
Never underestimate the abilities of a toddler. Not sure what part you doubt, but I don’t doubt any of it is possible. Toddlers have had to be rescued from claw machines before, crossing the street and getting in the bowling alley would be a piece of cake for an active toddler. Most people don’t pay attention to other children like they used to, heck many don’t pay attention to their own.
I have no idea if this story is true, but it definitely is do-able, I could see my grandson pulling this off easy.
Similar thing happened to me. Scariest moments of my life. My wife and her sister and my two sons...one being 4 years old. We were at the zoo and we went into the reptile house - a dimly lit building with a lot of large wall to wall glass enclosures for the snakes etc... Each of us thought the other had the younger son. When we came out we missed him. Each of us ran off in separate directions. I guess you could say I panicked as I ran and prayed. My wife ran to the zoo exit to cut off anybody who might be leaving with him and there is where she found him - sitting in the security area. They said a man had found him and brought him there. Whew! Lesson learned.
Wait until he’s 6 and ‘borrowing’ cars for joyrides.
That’s cute. Danger to the boy not cute.
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