ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Crews rescued a 2-year-old girl from inside an arcade claw machine in the food court at the Mall at Robinson.
“She was happy, she was calm and everything,” Joey Shutka with Robinson Township EMS said. “One of the security guards was entertaining her.”
The little girl’s mother and a friend were sitting near the Maxi Claw. The toddler and a sibling were playing near the machine.
“The mother looked at her phone or something and two seconds later she looks in and her daughter’s standing inside of the machine,” Shutka said.
When a key couldn’t be found, the fire department stepped in and removed the door.
The child was returned safely to her mother. Apparently, it’s not the first time it has happened.
“I guess that’s like the third time it’s happened at the Robinson Mall from what I was told by security guards,” Shutka said.
Many vending companies are trying to child-proof those claw machines by adding slats inside the trap door at a 45-degree angle so it can’t open all the way.