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Boy Gets Trapped Inside Vending Machine
ap ^ | 5-20-05

Posted on 05/20/2005 8:05:32 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan

Boy Gets Trapped Inside Vending Machine

ELKHART, Ind. - A 3-year-old boy upset that his mother wouldn't let him use a crane vending machine to try to win a small stuffed animal took matters in his own hands. He climbed up the chute to get the prize himself.

Danielle Manges said she took her eyes off her son, James, for a moment to pick up a juice bottle he threw. When she looked up, he was in with the plush toys.

"I bent over to clean it and within two seconds he had climbed through the hole, into the chute and pushed the door shut so we couldn't get him out," she said. "He climbed up in the toys and was in there for a good hour."

Manges said James has been sick and sleeping odd hours so they went shopping about 3 a.m. Thursday at a Wal-Mart in the city some 15 miles east of South Bend. She let the boy play on some of the rides, but wouldn't give him money for the vending machine.

At first, Manges thought it was funny.

"He was playing with all the toys and hanging from the bar like a monkey," she said.

Manges said people leaving the store went back inside to buy disposable cameras to take photos of her son. She bought one herself.

She became upset, however, when Wal-Mart employees said they did not have a key to let James out. So Manges called the fire department for help.

"I expected his hand to be caught in the machine but it was his entire body in the machine," firefighter Anthony Coleman said. "He was swinging from a bar, jumping around. He was having a ball."

About 40 people watched as the firefighters removed the back of the machine and freed him.

James still came up empty handed.

"He definitely didn't get a toy after that," Manges said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: trapped; vendingmachine

1 posted on 05/20/2005 8:05:32 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: Dan from Michigan

This happened 3 times now, the first was several months ago.

Copycat or law lottery?


2 posted on 05/20/2005 8:07:26 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." AYN RAND)
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To: Dan from Michigan

talk about "reporting abuse" on FR! Why do we have these dangerously dumb parents?


3 posted on 05/20/2005 8:09:20 PM PDT by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Manges said James has been sick and sleeping odd hours [el clippo] "He was swinging from a bar, jumping around. He was having a ball."

Rather odd sequence of events.

4 posted on 05/20/2005 8:11:33 PM PDT by The Red Zone (Florida, the sun-shame state and Georgia, the rotten peach, and Illinois the chicken injun.)
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To: Dan from Michigan

This comes from letting the kids watch Toy Story....Time to sue Disney!


5 posted on 05/20/2005 8:14:07 PM PDT by Peter vE (Ceterum censeo: delenda est Carthago.)
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To: Dan from Michigan; LibertarianInExile; bitt; NYTexan; Joe 6-pack; speedy; Rennes Templar; ...

I'll humbly dispense my two cents worth and note that this machine made a monkey of the lad. If another customer had put in money and tried to win the kid, the device could have injured the child's crane-ium. Mom's wisdom did not com-prize a lottery of common cents.


6 posted on 05/20/2005 8:15:02 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Dan from Michigan
She watched her kid in there for a "good hour"? Just let the little dumpling romp around with all those stuffed animals while people were taking pictures of him in there?

Wal-mart should have called the cops and settled that, and it doesn't seem like the boy learned not to do it again.

I dunno, I always insist that my kids behave in stores and they know not to try any nonsense.

7 posted on 05/20/2005 8:15:33 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Blurblogger; martin_fierro; didi; Yaelle; cyborg; Petronski; Fiddlstix

Psssst. Over here at the Wal-Mart Midway. Bring cotton candy popcorn, and mainly quarters....


8 posted on 05/20/2005 8:17:39 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Blurblogger

LOL!

Truth is stranger than fiction!


9 posted on 05/20/2005 8:18:42 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: Dan from Michigan

Sounds like a horrible child.


10 posted on 05/20/2005 8:20:26 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Dan from Michigan

Another reason to always have some change on hand.


11 posted on 05/20/2005 8:21:50 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Dan from Michigan

Leave him in there - That'll learn him.


12 posted on 05/20/2005 8:22:00 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Blurblogger

was the confined to his quarters afterward?


13 posted on 05/20/2005 8:22:56 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: Graybeard58

After I scooped him out I wouldn't spank him either if he would bring me one of those bears out with him.


14 posted on 05/20/2005 8:24:18 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: cyborg

Ping thyself over and look at this story - It's funny.


15 posted on 05/20/2005 8:25:23 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Dan from Michigan

"Mr. Simpson, I'm not sure how to say this, but we're going to have to saw off your arms."

"They'll grow back, right?!?"

"Uh...yeah...sure."

"Whhheeewwwww."

"Homer are you just holding onto the soda can?!?"

"...Your point being?"


16 posted on 05/20/2005 8:27:10 PM PDT by 0siris
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To: The Red Zone

Sounds like Ted Kennedy during Happy Hour.


17 posted on 05/20/2005 8:30:20 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: hispanarepublicana; speedy

This kid is a future anti-Houdini, he's good at getting into things and can't escape. Possibly we should use some of his DNA and clone all future children. In case they become future criminals we wouldn't need locks on the prisons...

For more details, watch the mailbox for your quarter-ly Quarterless Cloning Clueless Climbing Kids Catalogue...


18 posted on 05/20/2005 8:30:21 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: Dan from Michigan

I wonder how many quarters she spent trying to get him out before she called rescue....


19 posted on 05/20/2005 8:32:23 PM PDT by Fido969 (I see Red People!)
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To: tuffydoodle

I question that it really happened but come see what some kid got into:')


20 posted on 05/20/2005 8:38:42 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Blurblogger; hispanarepublicana

Aw, chute, I got here too late to dispense any puns. Not to change the subject, but I was still loafing over at the bread pun thread from a few nights ago.


21 posted on 05/20/2005 8:42:05 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Graybeard58

Put the little brat in the naughty seat.


22 posted on 05/20/2005 8:43:56 PM PDT by cyborg (Serving fresh, hot Anti-opus since 18 April 2005)
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To: speedy
but I was still loafing over at the bread pun thread from a few nights ago.

Glad you carbed out some time to pop-up over here. This kid's parents in this thread need to make an exact change in their discipline skills, though.

23 posted on 05/20/2005 8:49:39 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: Dan from Michigan

The thread last night had a photo


24 posted on 05/20/2005 8:52:36 PM PDT by RIGHT IN LAS VEGAS
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To: hispanarepublicana

Thanks slot. It's quite a slice of life. (Mixing bread and vending puns may be a new low, but I'm sure we can sink even lower.)


25 posted on 05/20/2005 8:53:19 PM PDT by speedy
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To: speedy

we could sink lower but it would drain my energy to dish out mixed puns


26 posted on 05/20/2005 8:57:45 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

Pipe down or this will turn into a plumbing thread.


27 posted on 05/20/2005 9:00:02 PM PDT by speedy
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To: hispanarepublicana
I thought I read it right...This happened at 3 AM??

What was mom doing?? Picking up what?? Aren't we all out at 3 AM with our kids.

28 posted on 05/20/2005 9:01:57 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: speedy
Pipe down or this will turn into a plumbing thread.

That crack was uncalled for. You should washer mouth out.

29 posted on 05/20/2005 9:03:08 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: Dan from Michigan; All
Three-year-old James Manges swings from a bar inside of a toy vending machine at Wal-Mart early Thursday. Manges crawled into the machine and was unable to get out until the fire department arrived and opened the machine from the back.
30 posted on 05/20/2005 9:05:03 PM PDT by freepatriot32 (If you want to change government support the libertarian party www.lp.org)
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No way! Too funny!


31 posted on 05/20/2005 9:08:59 PM PDT by TNdandelion
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To: hispanarepublicana
That crack was uncalled for. You should washer mouth out.

I didn't mean to pan your efforts; they really bowl me over.

32 posted on 05/20/2005 9:09:23 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Dan from Michigan
What does it take to get him out?

A few quarters? Sheeeshh.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

33 posted on 05/20/2005 9:11:59 PM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: speedy

Well, don't bother flooding me with complements now. You've tanked.


34 posted on 05/20/2005 9:12:33 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I think I probably am tapped out, now that you mention it. Urinal these pun threads, aren't you?


35 posted on 05/20/2005 9:15:19 PM PDT by speedy
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To: speedy

I just can't stopper myself when I get this tired at night. I try to wrench myself away. What's sewer reason for being on the pun threads?


36 posted on 05/20/2005 9:18:31 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: Dan from Michigan

Wasn't there a scene something like this in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"?


37 posted on 05/20/2005 9:21:59 PM PDT by henderson field
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To: hispanarepublicana

I just like to plunge in now and then to waste time. When a thread starts overflowing with witty puns, it can really be a ball. It also helps me to brush up on a lot of different subjects. (Have we scared everybody else off of here?)


38 posted on 05/20/2005 9:23:24 PM PDT by speedy
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To: speedy

There were others here bidet just couldn't handle it.


39 posted on 05/20/2005 9:26:54 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I think our watered-down puns might have flushed them out. Well, we've probably stalled long enough. Maybe it's time toilet ourselves out gracefully.


40 posted on 05/20/2005 9:31:55 PM PDT by speedy
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To: speedy

I'm septical that staying would do me any good, and Mr. HR cess it's brdtime, so I'd better roll.


41 posted on 05/20/2005 9:34:44 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I need tub be getting along too. See you around the fun stuff!! (Jeez, even Blurblogger dropped out of this one!!)


42 posted on 05/20/2005 9:38:20 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Dan from Michigan
Manges said James has been sick and sleeping odd hours so they went shopping about 3 a.m. Thursday at a Wal-Mart

. What's a 3 years old child doing up at 3 AM? If he's sick, ain't he suppose to be at home in bed and not at Walmart?

43 posted on 05/20/2005 9:40:13 PM PDT by dit_xi
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To: dit_xi

Sick, well, it doesn't seem to make a difference around here. I sometimes go to Walmart really late(or early) to avoid the crowds. Kids are up, even on school days. I was talking to a school teacher about this a couple of weeks ago. It's no wonder the students are sluggish in the mornings.


44 posted on 05/21/2005 5:37:09 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

LOL Looks like something my son would do at that age.


45 posted on 05/21/2005 5:41:45 AM PDT by tuffydoodle
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To: CindyDawg
Yeah, but would you bring your 3 y/o son to Walmart at 3 AM? It seems to me that one of the problems in our modern American society is a lack of parental responsibilities. In this case, the mother found it first amusing for a whole hour that the child was trapped inside this machine. Later, she then became upset and blamed Walmart for not having the keys to unlock the machine. Heaven forbids if the child incurred some injury, I'd bet she be suing Walmart.

Personal word of advice, I would not be out driving or shopping in such late or early hours. The majority of drunk driving accidents occur after mid-night (usually around 2 AM when the bars close) and then again between the hours of 5AM and 7AM when the drunks wakes up but not fully sober and they decide to drive anyway. The majority of assaults occurs after midnight as well. I worked as an Emergency Room physician for 9 years and it is all too well known that the majority of traumas comes in during the night shifts.

46 posted on 05/21/2005 6:17:14 AM PDT by dit_xi
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To: dit_xi

Are you kidding? I go at night to avoid as many of the little "rug rats" as I can:') I worked nights for so long that I guess it became a habit. I have to weigh the risks. A drunk driver or getting run over by kids pushing shopping carts:') Seriously, I hear your concerns and stay alert and am careful where I park. IMO, this mom knew she shouldn't have had that baby out that late or she wouldn't have felt the need to explain his sleeping habits but they can get away from you in just seconds . I doubt if I would have bought a camera and took pictures though. I probably would have tore the machine apart


47 posted on 05/21/2005 6:39:10 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: acapesket

I'm very sorry about your Dad, but your story doesn't change the validity of the Gould family's case. If there weren't obvious evidence of a lesion on a scan taken over a year before his diagnosis, and there were no tangible evidence of the lesion prior to Dr. Gould's stage 4 diagnosis in early 2002, then maybe you could say, "It was his time to go." However, the proof of his adenocarcinoma was there on a scan over a year before anyone noticed it, and by then it was too late. The lesion on his scan was not a pinpoint; it was 1/2 inch to an inch in size.

A man who had so many ideas to share and so many positive things to offer to his students, his readers and most of all his family, was dead 10 weeks after his diagnosis with adenocarcinoma because specialists at one of the world's leading cancer centers failed to notice it. That's their job; that's why they have the reputation of being the best. If they had used due diligence, Dr. Gould could have enjoyed many more meaningful and productive years of life. His loved ones are still deeply affected by his death, and the physicians who made this fatal mistake should account for it.


48 posted on 06/16/2005 10:01:10 AM PDT by checkerboardchatter
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