Crazy about claws

Sprouting up islandwide, claw machines are all the rage with people young and old

They are everywhere, in malls, restaurants, pasar malams, karaoke venues and even coffee shops, promising a tantalising bounty - from soft toys and ice cream to character figurines and wireless headsets - all for $1 or less.

Whether singly, in rows or taking up entire retail units, claw machines, decked in blinking lights and playing jaunty tunes, have sprouted islandwide.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'Crazy about claws'. Print Edition | Subscribe