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Live Crab Vending Machines

zippo Sep 14, 2013 04:47 AM


  1. Withnail42 Sep 15, 2013 01:25 PM

    Wrong thing to do.

    1. Bada Bing Sep 15, 2013 12:26 PM

      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...

      1. Firegoat Sep 15, 2013 07:02 AM

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

        1. Veggo Sep 14, 2013 05:52 AM

          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
            youareabunny Sep 14, 2013 08:51 AM

            Do you know why?

            1. re: youareabunny
              Veggo Sep 14, 2013 08:55 AM

              We felt sorry for the lobsters.

              1. re: Veggo
                youareabunny Sep 14, 2013 01:36 PM

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

                1. re: youareabunny
                  Veggo Sep 14, 2013 01:47 PM

                  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
                    bagelman01 Sep 14, 2013 04:36 PM

                    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.

            2. re: Veggo
              girloftheworld Sep 15, 2013 01:44 PM

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

              1. re: girloftheworld
                Veggo Sep 15, 2013 01:52 PM

                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
                jrvedivici Sep 16, 2013 07:04 PM

                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. MGZ Sep 14, 2013 05:27 AM

                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
                  calumin Sep 16, 2013 07:26 PM

                  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.

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