– A three-year-old ends up in a fancy toy clutch machine
Little Ethan climbs through the exit room to get his toys. Then he gets stuck in the machine – until the police come.
Australian police have rescued a young boy from a toy-grabbing machine in Brisbane. As Queensland State Police reported on Thursday, three-year-old Ethan climbed through the dispenser slot into the machine filled with Hello Kitty plush toys during a shopping trip with his family and then got stuck in the machine.
Police video shows four officers called to help using gestures to push the boy into the back of the device before breaking the window. “Police made sure Ethan was a safe distance before breaking the glass window of the ATM to free him,” the police report said.
Ethan, who actually doesn't look unhappy among the stuffed animals, hides in a corner and covers his eyes when the window shatters. The young adventurer then jumps into the arms of his nervous father, Timothy Hopper, with a long “daaaaaad.”
The officers handle the strange task with good humour: “I've won a prize, which prize do you want?” A police officer can be heard joking after freeing the boy from the machine.
His father later told Australian media that he only let the boy out of his sight for a short time. “He loves these machines. But I have no idea how it got there.”
The issue initially appears to have caused confusion among the automatic clutch operator. The company has now announced measures to better protect itself against such petty thieves in the future.