ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The claw machines in two St. Paul bars boast something quite different than the typical stuffed animal — they’ve got live lobsters.

For $2 a pop, customers at Shamrocks Grill and Pub can try their hand at winning their very own lobster. If they do, the kitchen staff cooks it for them and serves it with broccoli and bread.

But Minnesota Public Radio reports that can quickly turn into $20, as the lobsters are difficult to catch.

There’s another one at Tiffany Sports Lounge in St. Paul, and the distributor has plans for two more, including one at Burrito Loco in Minneapolis.

Although similar operations have drawn complaints from animal rights groups in other states, distributor Cliff Hentz said they’re treated no differently than the lobsters at Red Lobster.

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Comments (10)
  1. Karen says:

    Claiming that your cruel practice is no worse than Red Lobster isn’t something to be proud of; its barbaric and vulgar.

    1. JustSayin says:

      Well, what else will the lobster do? Sit there and be bored……..that’s about it. It might as well get played with, and teased a bit

  2. macatmacdotcom says:

    Oh, shut up. It’s a lobster, you idiot.

  3. hahahaha says:

    Karen, what else is a lobster good for besides being boiled, cracked open and eaten???

    just like turkeys, they were put on this planet for a reason, and that reason is to support the specaies above it on the food chain

    you are ignorant

  4. Jacob Wright says:

    lol human beings been eating animals since the begining of time..i bet your mother ate meat to feed you in the whom Karen ..grow up
    there is a fricken line u must draw wen complaining about the abuse of animals.
    i have 2 dogs that are very loved but wen it comes to my dam food… EAT it!!!

  5. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    I used to scuba dive off Gloucester, Mass., and we would try to catch lobsters. Those buggers are quick when they want to be. We had a helluva time trying to catch one with our hands. With a claw? I think the lobsters are pretty safe and the proprietor has found a moneymaker.

  6. captainobvious says:

    Lame article, show a video or picture so i can see the crane, i own these cranes show me what i have 2 work with

  7. Victim Du Jour says:

    If Karen took a long walk in Africa, a Lion might eat her. Then the Lion has Karen DNA in his Balls, makes birds and the bees with a female lion, and then Karen comes back to life as a baby lion.

    I think Native Americans think like that, that’s why they pray after they kill an animal like it’s a brother.

  8. Herb Palmer jr says:

    Im’ going over there to whats up with the lobsters and talk with them, maybe we can work out a lobster to lobster deal. Its takes a lobster to know another lobster. Herb palmer Jr author ‘The lobster and the chicken”

  9. Herb Palmer Jr says:

    I have a plan to talk to the lobster in the lobster zone game and see what their story is, maybe they want to plan another game like dump me back in the ocean and you can have a steak for dinner instead of lobster. The plan is lobster book signing at the lobster zone games, have your lobsters call my lobsters, we can do lunch, no sea food, LOL Herb palmer jr author ” The lobster and the chicken” an adult fable..