Town Bars Live Lobster Claw Machine

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) _ Turns out using the claw to snag tasty lobsters from a tank doesn’t wash in one Massachusetts town.

The Board of Health in Framingham ordered a restaurant to remove a live lobster vending machine that works just like the popular claw arcade games. In the game, players maneuver a joystick-controlled claw to try to grab prizes, such as stuffed animals.

The owner of Angry Ham’s Garage tells the MetroWest Daily News  that customers loved the chance to claw up a lobster. But town health inspectors cited the restaurant, saying the “Maine Lobster Game” doesn’t meet the food code.

Distributor John Whelden said the machines are all over the U.S., and meet federal safety standards. He said the 60-gallon tanks have a filtration system and ultraviolet lights to kill bacteria.
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Information from: MetroWest Daily News, http://www.metrowestdailynews.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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