I love claw machines. I don't care what they say.
It's not rigged. It just requires teamwork. Family teamwork. One person at the claw...and a spotter on the side to overcome the distortion of the mirror.
It's only "rigged" when the claw sucks. Which happens often. You put your money in and the claw couldn't pick up a bale of cotton candy, much less a giant SpongeBob.
"In a way, it’s like gambling, but with the added detriment that the player might just be terrible at gauging distance."
It all makes perfect sense now!
You just leave all the goodies for us spatially challenged gamblers, suckers! ;)