Love them or hate them, claw machines are nearly everywhere in Taiwan. And for some, playing these games has become an addiction.
A 44-year-old man surnamed Cheng in New Taipei’s Banqiao District was so addicted to the games that he wasted his son’s tuition at one claw machine on May 8. In all, he lost NT$5000 (US$161), Apple Daily reported.
After losing his son’s tuition, Cheng contacted a 22-year-old construction worker named Kuo and told him about the loss. Cheng asked Kuo for help with the claw machines on Nanya West Road. Cheng said that the store did not have any surveillance cameras, so they wouldn’t get caught if they broke into the machines.
Kuo brought a grinder to help Cheng break the locks on the change machine as well as the claw machines to recuperate his loses, stealing NT$10,150 in NT$10 coins. As the pair was putting their new-found wealth into a bag, the police walked by and became suspicious of their actions.
The police noticed that the claw machine had been damaged and questioned the men as to whether they owned the machines. Cheng and Kuo admitted to stealing from the claw machine and were promptly arrested.