It’s the Lobster Zone – a controversial item in restaurants across the country. It works like a crane game for toys: Position the crane and drop it down. If it picks up something and drops it down the chute, it’s yours.
But instead of toys, you’re picking up lobsters from a tank. It costs $2 to play, and if you win, you get that lobster cooked with a side of fries.
Here’s a video of someone playing a machine like this in Las Vegas.
Animal rights groups, of course, are not happy. But when are they ever? In any case, Mike Golding, co-owner of Dugout Pub South, told the Daily News the lobsters are living in a temperature-controlled saltwater tank. Nor will co-owner Robert Renaud let people take a live lobster home, even if they win it. Lobsters need just the right environment to survive.
Still, one may feel a little uneasy turning life-and-death for any creature into a game. An arcade game, at that – with drunk guys in sports jerseys yelling incoherently while a big metal claw comes down on a living creature, threatening to pull it up from the only environment in which it can survive.
If you’re going to kill an animal, shouldn’t it feel like that’s what you’re doing?