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Missing Boy Found in Claw Machine at Bowling Alley
WNEP ^ | 4/15/2014

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 child’s 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 mother’s 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.


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1 posted on 04/16/2014 3:53:22 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Isn’t the most obvious question being ignored here?


2 posted on 04/16/2014 3:56:07 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: circlecity

Yes, If you had put in your 75 cents and hooked little Jason, could you have taken him home?


3 posted on 04/16/2014 4:01:37 AM PDT by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: circlecity

Hell yes! Did they use the claw to get him out?


4 posted on 04/16/2014 4:01:58 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: markomalley

How the heck did he manage to snake his way inside there?

Also, did they let him keep the toy he went in after?


5 posted on 04/16/2014 4:02:54 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: markomalley
Reminds me of the IT Crowd episode where Moss entered the claw machine to get the iPhone.

So this 3 year old kid crossed the street, entered the bowling alley undetected, and then crawled into the machine through the opening? Sounds a little far fetched.
6 posted on 04/16/2014 4:04:00 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: ArtDodger
Hell yes! Did they use the claw to get him out?

LOL! And, how much money did it take!
7 posted on 04/16/2014 4:04:43 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: markomalley

He had the time of his life in there!


8 posted on 04/16/2014 4:05:33 AM PDT by jughandle ( "We have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!" -HRColl)
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To: markomalley

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.


9 posted on 04/16/2014 4:05:58 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: markomalley

Who needs a babysitter when there’s a claw machine right across the street?


10 posted on 04/16/2014 4:06:17 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: andyk

This is not the first time a kid has climbed into one of those machines.


11 posted on 04/16/2014 4:12:31 AM PDT by dforest
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To: markomalley

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.


12 posted on 04/16/2014 4:33:24 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: exDemMom

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.”


13 posted on 04/16/2014 4:37:25 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: SamAdams76

“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.


14 posted on 04/16/2014 4:39:16 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: andyk
So this 3 year old kid crossed the street, entered the bowling alley undetected, and then crawled into the machine through the opening?

Actually, it sounds perfectly reasonable.

15 posted on 04/16/2014 4:55:10 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: markomalley
the mother was not cited because she contacted police as soon as she noticed the boy was missing.
So all it takes these days is a phone call and "poof", there's no negligence?
What about the next time when the boy crosses the street and gets killed by a car?
16 posted on 04/16/2014 5:20:19 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Tax-chick
Actually, it sounds perfectly reasonable.

Hehe :)
17 posted on 04/16/2014 5:22:32 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: circlecity

They didn’t say how well the Mom did in Farmville.


18 posted on 04/16/2014 5:28:57 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Tax-chick

The expert has spoken.


19 posted on 04/16/2014 5:31:28 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: exDemMom

Had a similar incident with my son at a large Ikea. Those little boys can move quick!


20 posted on 04/16/2014 5:36:18 AM PDT by gr8eman (But thermodynamics is just a social construct, created by the ruling white power structure)
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To: andyk
Not really ...... when you compare it to the 5 year old Jamestown, NY kid that stole his grandma's pickup truck, this little tyke's a piker.
21 posted on 04/16/2014 5:42:12 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: markomalley

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.


22 posted on 04/16/2014 5:57:44 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: markomalley

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.


23 posted on 04/16/2014 6:09:00 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (If stupid ever reaches $150 a barrel then I want the drilling rights to Maxine Water's head.)
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To: petercooper
Yes, If you had put in your 75 cents and hooked little Jason, could you have taken him home?

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

24 posted on 04/16/2014 6:12:21 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash
I can’t believe I’m still alive with some of the things I pulled before the age of 5.

Should Hillary win the Presidency in 2016, I recommend that you change your screen name. lol

25 posted on 04/16/2014 6:14:07 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: andyk

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.


26 posted on 04/16/2014 6:16:26 AM PDT by Tammy8
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To: Tammy8
I have to assume he was undetected. I can't imagine a 3 year old walking into a bowling alley and nobody wondering what's going on. Sounds like the beginning of a great joke, though:

So, this 3 year old walks into a bowling alley...
27 posted on 04/16/2014 6:18:09 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Marie

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.


28 posted on 04/16/2014 6:30:58 AM PDT by Drawsing (Fools show their annoyance at once, the prudent man overlooks an insult. Proverbs 12:16)
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To: markomalley

Wait until he’s 6 and ‘borrowing’ cars for joyrides.


29 posted on 04/16/2014 6:42:30 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: markomalley

That’s cute. Danger to the boy not cute.


30 posted on 04/16/2014 6:57:42 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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