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(Yahoo)   Restaurant offers "arcade claw-game" to pick a lobster for dinner   ( divider line
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8863 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Feb 2006 at 12:18 PM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-02-06 09:57:44 AM  
Those have been around for awhile. I drunkenly dropped about $20 once trying to fish one of those suckers out.
2006-02-06 10:15:39 AM  
when i lived in fla there was a dead upsidedown lobster in one for about 2 weeks
2006-02-06 10:32:24 AM  
This is nothing new, the bunny huggers have had their panties in a wad over these things for years. I think they used to be called "lobster zone". I saw one over in jersey a few years back. Being sober, i just ordered a tail instead and saved myself about $60.
2006-02-06 10:55:54 AM  
I'm not emotionally prepared enough to play a game with my meal before I eat it.

/used to love crab boils
2006-02-06 11:00:15 AM  
I'm just glad that PETA is against it. That makes it worth playing.
2006-02-06 11:33:25 AM  
I'd go broke and hungry. I've never picked up anything from those machines.
2006-02-06 11:48:57 AM

The Crab Man abides.
2006-02-06 12:22:11 PM  
There was one of these at a seafood bar in the Strip District in Pittsburgh. Last week it was there, this week it wasn't. I always thought of it as Chuck E. Cheese for adults...
2006-02-06 12:22:19 PM  
Whatever happened to just shooting fish in a barrel?
2006-02-06 12:24:30 PM  
That's Awesome!!

My Japanese brothers and sisters got that going as well.
2006-02-06 12:25:34 PM  
What a stupid use of the obvious tag.
2006-02-06 12:25:47 PM  
"Turning animal cruelty into a game is absolutely hideous," said Karin Robertson of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

So are most PETA people.
2006-02-06 12:26:47 PM  
that's cool as hell.
2006-02-06 12:27:05 PM  
lich87: What a stupid use of the obvious tag.

Not for nothing, but I assumed it was in the whole claw game/lobster claw vein. Obviously you'd use one to get the other.

Whatever, Shecky. Get any good greenlights lately?
2006-02-06 12:29:21 PM  
"The game has its critics. Animal rights activists contend it's cruel to toss a lobster into a boiling pot of water. And playing with the creatures before sending them to their deaths rubs some people the wrong way."

... lobsters have the same brain/thought capability as a bug.

Who knows, maybe they "Worship the claw" like the little green three eyed aliens in "Toy Story."
2006-02-06 12:30:14 PM  
This one time in Tiajuana...oh wait...different crabs.
2006-02-06 12:30:21 PM  
This is farking fantastic. Why don't they ever have cool stuff like that where I live?

Oh, that's right...I live in Atlanta.

/lobsters are delicious
2006-02-06 12:32:40 PM  
Also, I propose that Fark create a "delicious" tag -- since there are quite a few articles that involve eating tasty critters.
2006-02-06 12:35:00 PM  
no comment from "larry the lobster"

2006-02-06 12:35:10 PM  
They used to have one at The Pour House in Boston. I hadn't there for several years, but it was gone a few months ago.

/completely pointless post
2006-02-06 12:35:48 PM  
I'm not bad at those claw games, but I think my odds would go down if my target has the ability to move.
2006-02-06 12:40:07 PM  
Tried to win one of these for our arcade room in our basement, but it ended at $700+... too much for a novelty. I'm sure maintenance and the smell would make the novelty wear pretty quickly.
2006-02-06 12:40:57 PM  
I'm not a PETA extremist or anything, but this seems just wrong.
2006-02-06 12:41:14 PM  

2006-02-06 12:42:00 PM  
OLD. There's one at the Dakota Roadhouse in the Financial District of Manhattan.

google goodness
2006-02-06 12:46:03 PM  
Reminds me of The Simpsons episode where they pick the cow they are going to eat.
2006-02-06 12:47:21 PM  
And the Excaliber in Chicago.
/'won' on my first try.
//Grill had closed already.
///Had to deal with the beast for the rest of the night.
2006-02-06 12:52:17 PM  
Japan has had these for years.

/always the Japanese
2006-02-06 12:55:12 PM  
Old news. Those are everywhere. Frankly, I'm surprised it took Maine so farking long to jump on the bandwagon. What, they don't want their civilians encroaching on the fishing industry?
2006-02-06 12:59:48 PM  
Turning animal cruelty into a game is absolutely hideous," said Karin Robertson of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

I thought it was called "fishing"
2006-02-06 01:00:01 PM  
A lobster's last thought as he is "arcade claw-gamed" to a certain doom....

They laughed when I said we should fund a translation of Bradbury's "Rules of Robotics" into Crustacean. But NOOOO, everyone says what do we need that for, we're bottom feeders. Fools, I'll see you in buttery HELL!
2006-02-06 01:03:12 PM  
No Lobster Harmonica reference from the simpsons?
2006-02-06 01:05:03 PM  
Hilarious and awesome.

"The claw is our master. It decides who will go and who will stay."
2006-02-06 01:07:51 PM  
He wants his lobster whistle....
2006-02-06 01:16:52 PM  
I don't know if it's still there, but they had one of these at Dick's Last Resort in San Diego a couple years ago. My friend won one on his first try then I spend $10 trying to win another one. I finally just ate some of his.
2006-02-06 01:17:21 PM  
I didn't know these were common. I saw one in Japan for crabs, and laughed my ass off. It wasn't in a restaurant or anything, just in a regular arcade. Couldn't figure out what you were supposed to do if you actually caught a crab out of it. It would probably pinch your fingers off if you tried to grab it out of the slot.

picture link.
2006-02-06 01:20:50 PM  
2006-02-06 01:21:49 PM  
There's one at a restaurant or two in San Antonio. I avoid going to those restaurants. I'm not a vegetarian, I eat meat, love lobster, cows, sheep, crabs, etc, but there's something innately wrong about making a game out of killing something.

soooo, um... Ted Bundy-esque.
2006-02-06 01:28:48 PM  
The claw! The claw decides who goes and who stays!
2006-02-06 01:31:27 PM  
Ahhh, Robster.
2006-02-06 01:38:36 PM  
Cleveland I'd like to play a song that got me through a lot of rough times:

We were at a party
His ear lobe fell in the deep
Someone reached in and grabbed it
It was a rock lobster

We were at the beach
Everybody had matching towels
Somebody went under a dock
And there they saw a rock
It wasn't a rock
It was a rock lobster
2006-02-06 01:40:52 PM  
I just can't seem to come to grips with this story!
2006-02-06 01:41:01 PM  
Seen these in Boston for well over 5 years. Probably closer to 10.
The Lobsters inside are tiny little things. Hardly worth eating. Lobsters under 1 lb are illegal to catch and many looked like they were.
If there was a machine filled with 2 pounders, I'd forefeit a few dollar bills for them.
2006-02-06 01:46:08 PM  
I think this is wonderful. My girlfriend and I stare at the lobster tank at our local grocery store all the time. I also think it's double awesome that PETA hates this.
2006-02-06 01:48:27 PM  
There's one at a restaurant or two in San Antonio. I avoid going to those restaurants. I'm not a vegetarian, I eat meat, love lobster, cows, sheep, crabs, etc, but there's something innately wrong about making a game out of killing something.

I might understand that if the machine actually killed the lobster, but all it does is pick it up and drop it down a chute. The lobster is then killed by the cooks per usual manner.
2006-02-06 01:49:36 PM  
Jesus Christ, did Ric Romero write this piece? Dick's Last Resort on the Riverwalk in San Antonio had one of these things almost three years ago.
2006-02-06 01:54:03 PM  
Can I get one for my gameroom?
2006-02-06 02:02:09 PM  
Anyone else remember the necrophiliac lobster from TV Funhouse?

/so wrong it was right
2006-02-06 02:04:43 PM  
I am thinking, they should build a bigger version and stock it with hooters girls. Oh yeah, I would pay to play. nuff said.
2006-02-06 02:11:38 PM  

I tried to win on that same machine last spring, no luck. I did get crabs at Dicks though. :)

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