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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  • 16Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 11:12 am
    • supah dadThursday, February 21, 2019 at 9:02 am
      job welll done
      • flutemillie8
        flutemillie8Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 5:50 pm
        i feel so bad for him ,it also sounds scary to have that happen
        • 031208kaytacos
          031208kaytacosSaturday, October 6, 2018 at 6:39 pm
          i feel sorry for the boy and i also hope now he doesn't have a problem with vending machines. :)
          • ajg16
            ajg16Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm
            Hopefully he won't have nightmares of vending machines now. °.°
            • bookstory14
              bookstory14Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 5:13 pm
              Lol I would probably walk up to him and say, ohhh, is your hand stuck? Like in the voice you talk to little kids in. Then I would freak out when I realized his hand WAS stuck. --BKS
              • 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!
                  • bookfan2008
                    bookfan2008Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 9:10 am
                    Me too!
                  • 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!