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The Claw Is My Master!

Las Vegas is the strangest place on this weird old planet. It's a prime example of the peculiarities of humanity, the highs and the lows.

Deep in the bowels of Bally's, on the way to monorail, we saw an old fashioned arcade claw machine. Oooh, we thought, a touch of old school deep in the heart of the Strip. Then we realised what the claw was picking up. That machine suddenly became one of the lows. But in a weirdly cool way...

It was picking up lobsters.

Live lobsters.

Straight out of the tank. Pay $4 and if you manage to grab a squirming crustacean, your dinner is free.

It was really quite disturbing, imagining the lobsters scurrying away from the descending claw, in some obscene parody of a scene from Toy Story.

Playing with the Food

Las Vegas, Nevada
October 2009

Comments

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grey_lady
Nov. 2nd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
I was always taught that one shouldn't play with one's food. :)
marthawells
Nov. 2nd, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
That's pretty creepy.
stevegreen
Nov. 2nd, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Vegas is definitely a city of extremes. I was surprised there weren't one-armed bandits in the toilet cubicles.
sbisson
Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
You weren't going into the right toilets...
saffronrose
Nov. 2nd, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
that doesn't seem right, somehow. I love eating lobster, but I don't want mine terrified to death before it hits the water.
sbisson
Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
That was much my thinking...
nojay
Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
The one time I passed through Las Vegas I saw an exhibit (it might have been at the airport) on display. It was a million dollars -- in quarters. They were in a biiig stainless steel bowl in an armoured glass case under spotlights plus two rather bored-looking armed police or security types standing next to them. Since a quarter weighs about 6 grams then four million of them would weigh about 24 tonnes. I couldn't imagine a thief running off with any significant number of them, but hey they'd be easy to pass off...
ffutures
Nov. 2nd, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Bloody hell. I've been watching a few episodes of the Las Vegas TV series recently (picked up some ex-rental DVDs very cheap) and I knew the place was crass, but that is just sick.
micheinnz
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
There are some of those machines in Auckland, too. I think they're cruel.
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