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Florida boy seeking toy climbs into arcade claw machine. Firefighters save the day.

  • Author: Fred Barbash, The Washington Post
  • Updated: February 8
  • Published February 8

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville, Florida, Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines.

Apparently seeing no reason to wrestle with the contraption to get one of the stuffed toys inside, the boy reportedly climbed in through the back and couldn't get out.

The Fire Department tells the story in a Facebook post:

"Often times we say to ourselves that you never know what the next shift will bring. The unexpected ways we get to help people in their time of need. That's what draws people to public safety, the unexpected. Well today was no exception. This evening little Mason was enjoying some food and decided he wanted a stuffed animal. He wanted it so bad, he climbed into the game to get that toy!! Thankfully he was never in any distress as one of our own Lt.'s happen to be there off duty and assessed the situation. Engine 10 led by Lt. Abernathy, made short work of the situation. Driver Operator Lane and Firefighter George were able to get Mason out in short order with minimal damage to the game. We love a happy ending and are glad everything worked out. Mom, Mason and friends went back to eating dinner, E10 back to their station to await the next call. Pretty sure it won't be the same as their last."

Commenters were pleased with happy-ending story and impressed with the agility of the child, whose age was not provided.

"Kid might have a prosperous future as a contortionist or an escape artist," said one.

Wrote another: "LOL!!! Wow!!! Genius!!! Why didn't I ever think to do this?! I could have saved my parents tons of money!!! Apparently, I was playing the animal/claw machine all wrong as a child!!

"I hope he got his toy," said a third.

This has been known to happen in the past. And it won't be the last.