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A real-life toy story: Nebraska toddler found inside bowling alley claw machine
Boston.com ^ | 4-16-14 | Jack Pickell

Posted on 04/16/2014 9:13:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

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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 boy—surrounded by stuffed animals—sitting 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 how’d he get into the machine in the first place? Nobody’s certain, but according to a BuzzFeed report, one bowling alley employee speculated the child might have climbed in through the machine’s prize door.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: children; machines; stuffedanimals

1 posted on 04/16/2014 9:13:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
...in a bowling alley across the street from that apartment, patrons were marveling at the sight of a little boy—surrounded by stuffed animals—sitting inside an arcade-style claw machine....how’d he get into the machine in the first place? Nobody’s certain, but according to a BuzzFeed report, one bowling alley employee speculated the child might have climbed in through the machine’s prize door.

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?

2 posted on 04/16/2014 9:17:12 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I would not give him a free stuffed animal. That will only encourage him to do it again.


3 posted on 04/16/2014 9:18:20 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Isn’t it way past time for sensible claw machine legislation?


4 posted on 04/16/2014 9:24:25 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I am more interested in how he escaped mom’s notice long enough to get across the street.


5 posted on 04/16/2014 9:25:02 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

ooo, the claw......


6 posted on 04/16/2014 9:26:34 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Vote McDaniel June 3rd Mississippi!)
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To: Alex Murphy

Just watch these examples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MxcUlJZlp8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cGwumNaccM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa0ROnznKLs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIhJIZf1dtg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIhJIZf1dtg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ-lbNFL_5Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1ym9c3cuKs


7 posted on 04/16/2014 9:28:12 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
What a great mom. Very lucky kid.
8 posted on 04/16/2014 9:29:18 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: proxy_user

Those are really ugly animals in those machines!


9 posted on 04/16/2014 9:33:24 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

His name is Claude.


10 posted on 04/16/2014 9:33:56 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Nomen est omen.)
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To: chrisser

LOL, post of the day!


11 posted on 04/16/2014 9:34:28 AM PDT by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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To: Sybeck1

12 posted on 04/16/2014 9:38:17 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Herr Baron.)
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To: Ingtar

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.


13 posted on 04/16/2014 9:38:59 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Charles Henrickson

"The Claw!"

14 posted on 04/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RJS1950

This is why you toddler “proof” the doors.


15 posted on 04/16/2014 9:41:12 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Just watch these examples.


16 posted on 04/16/2014 9:41:15 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Ingtar

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!


17 posted on 04/16/2014 10:06:28 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Alex Murphy

This isn’t the first time a kid has done this, it is fairly common.


18 posted on 04/16/2014 10:22:10 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Ingtar

This kid has trouble written all over him. :)


19 posted on 04/16/2014 10:24:49 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: luckystarmom

I’m just glad that you did not yell at your husband...


20 posted on 04/16/2014 10:27:11 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Delta Dawn

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!


21 posted on 04/16/2014 10:31:48 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: luckystarmom
What's that saying?

Like Mother, like Daughters

I am glad that they have turned out well.
22 posted on 04/16/2014 10:42:02 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

What about Fritz von Erich?


23 posted on 04/16/2014 10:43:01 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Delta Dawn
This kid has trouble written all over him?

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.

24 posted on 04/16/2014 11:21:58 AM PDT by hamboy
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To: Alex Murphy

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.


25 posted on 04/16/2014 11:43:18 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Ingtar
This is why you toddler “proof” the doors.

Simple solution (although it too would provoke lawsuits):


26 posted on 04/16/2014 11:45:49 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

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.


27 posted on 04/16/2014 11:46:41 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: a fool in paradise

We found it simpler to use a deadbolt with a key lock on the inside as well, and keep the keys with us.


28 posted on 04/16/2014 11:49:19 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: FrdmLvr
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.

I was starting to think I was the only one that envisioned that.

29 posted on 04/16/2014 11:56:58 AM PDT by verga (Poor spiritual health is often manifested with poor physical health.)
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To: FatherofFive

Remind you of anyone?


30 posted on 04/16/2014 11:59:09 AM PDT by verga (Poor spiritual health is often manifested with poor physical health.)
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To: luckystarmom

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.


31 posted on 04/16/2014 12:24:24 PM PDT by dhs12345
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