TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – A man surnamed Lin, who manipulated a sensor in a claw machine through electrical interferences to win several action figures in a row, was sued for alleged fraud by the store owner in Taipei.
Shilin District Prosecutors Office declined to prosecute Lin tough, stressing that interfering with a sensor can also be considered a “playing skill.” Taiwan netizens seemed to agree with the ruling, saying that “it is absurd that owners adjust claw strength (for their own benefits) but put the blame on players’ skills.”
Through various settings, claws strength increases or decreases based on the last time, a top prize was won. According to the business owner, Lin used his skills to increase the strength of claws in one of his machines last summer.
透過機台設定，若物品掉落，機台累計的次數會歸零，爪子就會鬆開。林男利用這個技巧，連續夾走價值 1050 元的 3 隻公仔。
By manipulating the aforesaid sensor, Lin managed to win three action figures worth NT$1,050 each in a row.
Lin wasn’t prosecuted because his behavior was considered “a playing skill” instead of fraud, according to prosecutors.
According to media reports, similar cases have been reported recently.
雖然業者提告，但地檢署認為消費者有先投錢，也有成功夾起物品，並非使用不正當手法取物。一名業者就表示，幾乎沒幾天就有消費者利用「技巧」取物，讓他「每個月損失 4 至 5 千元」。
The Prosecutors Office further explained that the customer paid and skillfully grasped an item with the claws rather than winning it in an illegal way. One of the owners said that similar cases have caused an estimated NT$4,000 to NT$5,000 loss per month.
不過站在消費者心態可就不同， PTT 有網友就認為業主自己調鬆爪子，就別怪玩家用技巧，「業者可以調鬆緊就不是詐欺？」、「各種內丟鬆爪然後怪玩家用技巧取物？」、「店家調鬆夾子還怪客人反制？」、
On the consumers’ side, some people on a popular online chatroom (PPT) said: “Adjustment of strength is a fraud, isn’t it?” “Why blaming players for using their skills?” “Can business owners deliberately loosen the strength of claws?”
Some remarked, “If the adjustment of claw strength is okay, giving broken net in a night market’s fishing stand is also acceptable.”