Skip to comments.Boy Rescued After Crawling Into Vending Machine
Posted on 10/02/2010 9:21:18 PM PDT by Ellendra
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. -- A 9-year-old boy was rescued on Saturday morning after climbing into a claw-crane vending machine at a Wal-Mart in Sun Prairie.
Firefighters said that somehow the boy crawled through the 1-foot-by-1-foot opening on the front of the machine and was sitting with the stuffed animals inside. The lock was cut and the boy was removed a few minutes after help arrived.
Officials said that boy wasn't injured and suffered only a small scratch on his nose.
After the entire ordeal, the boy went home with two stuffed animals from the machine.
The child's mother said that she wasn't at the machine when the boy went in, WISC-TV reported.
buh - loney.
Great post! (Gosh I love this place.)
Wait, a trial attorney will enter the picture soon, a law suit re:Product safety will appear.
9-years-old is a bit much, but look at the vids I posted.
#1 How did the kid get two toys from the machine other than by stealing them?
#2 No mention of who is going to pay for the damage to the machine.
“The child’s mother said that she wasn’t at the machine when the boy went in...”
Two outrages: the fact that she wasn’t there and that the “journalist” didn’t think that I would assume this.
Two toys? He should have received two lumps of coal.
Oh that first video killed me!
I love the first one. The employee just keeps right on washing the windows. What a crack up.
Well I dont know how dangerous a city Sun Prairie, Wisconsin is but what mother can keep a constant eye on an active 9 year old boy?
I also suspect that it would only take the kid 30 seconds to climb in to that machine. I have seen these machines and the chutes that the toys drop in to are not that complicated. A small child can easily get in side.
Personally I think the over protectiveness of parents today is damaging.
But a 12" x 12" opening? Wouldn't the diagonal on that be 17 inches tops? Anyway you look at it, its got to be a tight fit for a 9 year old kid.
What was it Morrison said? “I eat more chicken ‘n any man ever seen.”
And since it happened at Wal-Mart, we know that Wal-Mart has deep pockets as a target of the lawsuit.
Kinda like this little girl.
Walmart doesn't own those machines. They are owned and operated by outside vendors, the usual arrangement is that the store gets a percentage of the cash-box collection.
All costs to buy, maintain, repair, fill and install/remove those machines are borne by the vendor.
**but what mother can keep a constant eye on an active 9 year old boy? **
The kind that takes protecting her children seriously?
I know I wont change your mind but I will give you my thoughts on the subject.
The old children become the more independence they want. As a parent you have to use your judgment to decide how much independence they can handle.
Making that judgment requires experimental testing on the parents part. The parent yields responsibility to the child and sees how they handle it.
Eventually you have to trust the child out of your sight. If you do not your child will rebel, become overly fearful of the world and/or become narcissistic.
Certainly there are great dangers in the world for a 9 year old. But you can not totally isolate him from the world. He must be taught to negotiate the dangers on his own. You will not be there all of the time.
I am told it is not all that easy to sue Walmart.
When my son was small, he visited the claw machine near the check stand where I was in line at the grocery store. I heard an announcement on the PA system looking for his parent. Uh-oh.
He had apparently put his saved-up coin in the machine, and nothing happened. So he stuck his arm up inside the hole. And it was stuck. When the firemen came in carrying axes, it scared him silly, as he figured they were going to chop off his arm. It cured him of any further episodes with rip off machines.
And are there any worse looking prizes tha those inside claw machines? He did get his money back, as it popped out of the machine during the rescue.
I actually agree with a lot of what you’ve said except this: you don’t leave your child alone in a public place like Wal-Mart at the age of nine to see what they will do on their own. I guarantee they will behave childishly, you know, like a nine year old. Also, you don’t do it because there are too many perverts hanging out in public places waiting to snatch a kid.
By the way, I have an adult child, a teen and a ten year old. So its not like I don’t have a clue about what I’m talking about. And so far, no narcissists or rebelers at my house. And I pray to God it stays that way.
Well, better make sure you keep an eye on them at all times!
Especially the adult child.
Ok, who are you?
Why would you want more stories about kids getting trapped in vending machines?
Why did you join today only to dig up an article this old?
And did you even bother reading the article before deciding to spam it?
(Mod, could you zot the spammer? Pretty please with sugar on top??? Thank you!!!!)
A NINE year old?
Unless there is a problem with his mental capacity, that is just stupid. If it were my child, he wouldn’t have gone home with any animals, he would have gone home to a big spanking.