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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Reading Comprehension (3 questions)

  1. What did Leo do when he saw a vending machine? What happened to him when he put his hand inside the machine?
  2. Why did Leo not know that he had to pay to get a treat from the machine? Why did his hand get stuck inside?

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What does the expression 'caught with a hand in the cookie jar'...


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“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.”


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  • pugpresley11223
    pugpresley11223Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 6:25 am
    i did that once
    • koreanbacongirl
      koreanbacongirlWednesday, December 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm
      omg! First of all, i didn't know vending machines had an anti-theft thingy. And I feel so bad for the boy!
      • Leif AllredTuesday, November 7, 2017 at 8:07 am
        That is kind of freaky getting your hand stuck in a vending machine
        • CrystalTuesday, October 24, 2017 at 5:23 pm
          Feel so sad!
          • AmielFriday, October 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm
            So cute and inacent
            • 2ka17
              2ka17Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:03 am
              o so sad
              • dogyWednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6:15 pm
                i feel so bad for him
                • CdbearMonday, October 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm
                  I feel bad for that boy his had got stuck.
                  • CoolWednesday, September 27, 2017 at 1:48 pm
                    Oh snap
                    • 🐱‍👤Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 3:08 pm
                      they should have given him a treat afterwards

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