Australian Toddler Has A Memorable First Encounter With A Vending Machine


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The expression 'caught with a hand in the cookie jar', took on a whole new meaning on Sunday, February 28, when a young Australian boy got his hand stuck inside a vending machine. The chain of events leading to the bizarre incident began just after noon, when four-year-old Leo Shorthouse saw a vending machine filled with all kinds of yummy goodies in a hotel lobby in Melbourne, Australia.

Like most kids, Leo rushed over to get himself a treat. The only problem? The young boy who was visiting from Arnhem Land, a remote region in the Northern tip of Australia had never seen a vending machine before. He, therefore, assumed that the treats were free and stuck his hand inside to grab one. Unfortunately, Leo reached in so far that the machine's anti-theft device sensed his hand and trapped it.

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Though emergency personnel were immediately summoned, it took the team of twelve experts that included firefighters, police, paramedics and a locksmith, almost six hours to free the young boy. They had to be careful that the angle grinder being used to cut open the vending machine would not injure Leo's hand, which had to be numbed thrice during the ordeal.

Fortunately, the six-hour trauma seems to have left no lasting effect on Leo, who now aspires to be a fireman. Hopefully, the young boy will be more cautious the next time he encounters a vending machine.


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  • lolatheute
    lolatheuteSunday, May 31, 2020 at 5:25 pm
    On poor thing. But that is a little funny.
    • ariana_grande1
      ariana_grande1Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 5:59 pm
      I am never using a vending machine again. 😫
      • meisdancer
        meisdancerSaturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:51 am
        Wow?! that really confuses me!
        • lovetoread26
          lovetoread26Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:12 am
          Oh poor kid!!
          • willow123goma
            willow123gomaSaturday, May 30, 2020 at 9:27 am
            Poor kid. He didn't mean any harm
            • bookfan2008
              bookfan2008Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 9:09 am
              That's sad :(. #feelbad
              • animereina2020
                animereina2020Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 8:55 am
                Hopefully he still uses vending machines without having to get scared or anything like that...
                • snowycat56789
                  snowycat56789Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 9:06 am
                  Lol that's kind of funny but I also feel bad for him
                  • jessicaWednesday, October 23, 2019 at 5:01 am
                    so sad
                    • lisaThursday, May 16, 2019 at 6:37 am
                      lol, oh i am so sorry wittle boy. i hope you can help other kids this happens to