Next time you waste your hard-earned money grasping at lobster harmonicas in a claw machine game, you better make sure there isn’t a child inside. According to WOWT in Nebraska (via Darren Rovell), a 3-year-old boy somehow wound up inside of a claw machine game at a bowling alley in the city of Lincoln. Employees at Madsen's Bowling and Billiards alerted police that there was a child inside of their machine around the same time that cops were also called to a nearby apartment after a 24-year-old mother reported her child missing.

Somehow the child escaped through an unlocked door while his mother was in the bathroom and wound up inside of the game machine. The boy was freed unharmed, and the mother was not charged with any crimes. If you ever find yourself in the mood to cheat at the claw game, this young child has shown the way.

[WOWT via Darren Rovell]