Boy, 3, Gets Stuck In Arcade Claw Machine Trying To Get A Teddy Bear
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We all know arcade claw machines are tantalising contraptions. You set your sights on the cuddly of your dreams, you release the claw directly above its head, it grips the cuddly by the ear before lifting it up, up above the rest - before letting it slip and fall back into the cuddly mire.
In this moment, no doubt many of us have been tempted to smash the glass in and liberate the teddy from its toy prison. But one little LAD actually went one step further, clambering inside the machine to retrieve his dream teddy... before getting stuck in there along with all the other cuddly toys.
The daring boy in question was three-year-old Noah, who was taken to a play centre in Mansfield, UK, by his mum, Natalie Draper. The 37-year-old left her boy to play with his pal for a few minutes while she took his twin brother to the toilet, but upon her return, she was asked a question she wasn't prepared for.
Natalie said: "I had taken my sons out to an indoor play centre to keep them entertained for the morning, but I never expected this to happen.
"I had taken his brother, Joel, to the toilet and left Noah playing with his friend for a matter of minutes.
"But when I came back, a lady grabbed me and asked if 'that was my child in there' - to which I replied 'in where?'
"As soon as she said 'the machine' I rushed over to take a look and could see Noah had climbed into the crane and got himself stuck."
Naturally, Natalie was frightened, and because the machine was owned by a third party, the centre didn't have the keys to unlock it. Fortunately, after 10 minutes, staff were able to break three padlocks and release Noah.
Mum-of-three Natalie said it was the most terrifying '10 minutes of her life', however, now that her cheeky chappy has come out of it unscathed, she says she can only see the funny side of things.
She said: "So they had to break off three padlocks using a screwdriver and then twist the lock using a knife to be able to break the door open and get him out.
"But he came out completely unscathed, thankfully, and an 'out of order' sign was placed on the machine.
"Now it's all over and we're home I can't stop laughing at what happened.
"All he wanted was a teddy bear - if he'd asked me for the money I would have got one for him, he didn't need to go to such extreme lengths."
It is unclear whether or not Noah eventually ended up getting the teddy of his dreams.