A young girl in southeastern China was stuck inside a claw machine after climbing through the flap to ensure that she gets hold of a Pikachu doll.
The incident occurred at a shopping mall in Dongguan, Guangdong province on June 20, Kanka News reported.
Many netizens are calling out an arcade claw machine for using real live puppies after a video of it has gone viral online.
It is unclear where the viral video was shot, but according to the Mirror, it is believed to have been taken somewhere in China. Elisa Allen, the director of the animal rights group PETA, has described the arcade game as a “matter of life and death.”
Ya Li, a 28-year-old woman from Qingyuan city in northern Guangdong province, China, owns around 7,000 stuffed toys that she won from claw machines, earning her the unofficial title of “Queen of the Claw Machine”.
At first, Ya wasn’t very interested in claw machines, until one day in 2016 when she saw a particularly cute stuffed toy that she wanted, according to Shanghaiist via Medium. So she tried her luck and eventually won the toy as a prize.
Meng Meng Da, an arcade in Tainan, Taiwan, attracted controversy earlier this month for putting four women in skimpy swimsuits inside four claw machines as part of the gaming center’s promotion.
Dressed only in alluring swimsuits, the four women, dubbed as “bikini goddesses,” jiggled on stuffed animals to entice customers to play the claw machines, Shanghaiist reported.
Multi-billion dollar e-commerce company Alibaba recently set up a live-crab claw machine at a mall located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, in east China, in celebration of the upcoming crab season.
It offers actual live crabs as prizes instead of the traditional stuffed animals and plush toys that people love.