Skip to comments.A real-life toy story: Nebraska toddler found inside bowling alley claw machine
Posted on 04/16/2014 9:13:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
A Nebraska mother frantically called the police when she was unable to find her 3-year-old son inside their apartment.
Meanwhile, in a bowling alley across the street from that apartment, patrons were marveling at the sight of a little boysurrounded by stuffed animalssitting inside an arcade-style claw machine.
According to a report from Omaha TV station KETV, bowling alley employees called the vendor who unlocked the machine and let the boy out.
The boy was unharmed, and quickly reunited with mom, according to the report.
The child even got to keep one of the stuffed animals.
But howd he get into the machine in the first place? Nobodys certain, but according to a BuzzFeed report, one bowling alley employee speculated the child might have climbed in through the machines prize door.
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I can't see how the kid could have climbed in via the prize door. I wonder if anyone played the machine, trying to win him for a dollar?
I would not give him a free stuffed animal. That will only encourage him to do it again.
Isn’t it way past time for sensible claw machine legislation?
I am more interested in how he escaped mom’s notice long enough to get across the street.
ooo, the claw......
Just watch these examples.
Those are really ugly animals in those machines!
His name is Claude.
LOL, post of the day!
He was in the apartment and his mom went to the bathroom. She called the police so quickly that while they were responding in the neighborhood the bowling alley employee had already called in the kid in the machine.
She was no more negligent than any other mother with small children. Kids that age are smart, fast, and can disappear in an instant.
When I was 4 in 1955 my mother was paying for something at a store counter and I was at her side. Before she was done (less than a minute) I had seen a woman outside the open door that looked like my grandmother and I went running to see her. By the time I caught up to her down the street and discovered she was not grandma, my frantic mother was out searching for me but by that time a passing beat cop had picked me up, determined I was lost and took me up to the police station in a nearby building and gave me an ice cream. I guess I cried pretty loudly because I saw the jail cells with bars in the open area I was in and was afraid they would put me in one. My mom found me quickly and I learned the lesson that when you walk outside your sphere of security bad things can happen.
This is why you toddler “proof” the doors.
When my twins were that age, they slipped out of the house while my husband was watching them. He thought they were safe, so he went to take a shower.
They climbed over a safety gate, then moved a chair over to the door and climbed up and removed the chain and another latch. That was high on the door, and ran down the street.
I drove up and saw them with the neighbor.
Kids that age can be quick!
This isn’t the first time a kid has done this, it is fairly common.
This kid has trouble written all over him. :)
I’m just glad that you did not yell at your husband...
Lol! He definitely got yelled at!
However, our twins got into trouble with me around. They were wild!!!
Hard to believe they are almost 18 and ver sweet young ladies!
What about Fritz von Erich?
Not really? Do you have a son? And if so, did you take care of him (or them) personally? Some toddler boys are just too active (some are not) which is nothing unusual because I remember being a kid played around my younger kiddie brothers. If living in apartments she'd need to have iron screen door with tight double locks.
I suspect each of these stories (there have been some big kids inside them in the English version of these stories) are publicity stunts. I’ve never read of a single lawsuit against the business or the company that makes the machines.
Simple solution (although it too would provoke lawsuits):
When I read the headline, I envisioned a little toddler behind the pin setting machine, getting broomed with the pins, bowling balls rolling toward him.
We found it simpler to use a deadbolt with a key lock on the inside as well, and keep the keys with us.
I was starting to think I was the only one that envisioned that.
Remind you of anyone?
My brother did that when he was just a few years old. He was able to open the back door (which was a double door), walk to the side gate, open it, walk along the house and then across the street, walk half a city block including across a busy intersection. He ended up at a gas station a couple of blocks away.
All in about half an hour. I think that he was supposed to be taking a nap. Lol.
All I remember was the panic. Somehow he was reunited with us shortly after. Don’t remember how. I think that my parents might have called the police.
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