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  1. I am so torn between tryin' to decide if that is "So cool" or "So wrong" that I may let a coin flip decide my position on the matter.* Anyone got a Fifty Yuan piece I can borrow? I'll give you ten bucks if I can keep it?

    *You know, like a Presidential election.

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    1. re: MGZ

      If you've seen some of the things I've accidentally done trying to get live crabs into a pot of boiling water, this would be humane by contrast.

    2. A nearby Tiki bar in FL had a lobster tank installed, with a coin operated claw above it where you try to grab one, like the stuffed animal machines at carnivals. A group of regulars told the owner it had to go, and it went.

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          1. re: Veggo

            That's what I assumed. Getting grabbed then dropped all the time. Kudos

            1. re: youareabunny

              Also, we were doubtful that the vendor who installed it would/could maintain cleanliness, temperature, and necessary feeding in the aquarium. Few were getting caught in the first 2 weeks, which is exactly how the vendor makes his profit.

              1. re: Veggo

                Gordon Ramasy installed one of these a few years ago in a NY restaurant for Kitchen Nightmares (Black Pearl ?). The partners sold the machine and pocketed the cash while closing the joint.

        1. re: Veggo

          did it drop it into a pot of boiling water? because that would be realllllllly wrong.

          1. re: girloftheworld

            If anyone snagged a live one, the restaurant would boil it and serve it with fries for 5 more bucks. It was a bad idea whose time came and went.

          2. re: Veggo

            I've seen and participated with a few of these. It's generally $5. A try you "catch" the lobster the place cooks it for you. Generealy it's a 1-1&1/2lbs lobster but like all "claw" games, the claws will only hold a 1/2lbs so there is NO chance one will be caught. Novel idea is they maintain the tank and maintanence.

          3. Bar Rescue made some bar get rid of their live lobster machine. They had a lot of animal rights protesters as well.

            1. That's hilarious. Ever see a vending item get stuck on the way down? I love the idea of a crab hanging on for dear life to some random interior part of the machine...