The father of a young girl whose arm became stuck in a vending machine for nearly an hour was forced to take matters into his own hands to try and free the girl.
Martin Kristofferson received a worried phone call on Thursday informing him his daughter had her arm stuck in the skilltester machine at Wynnum Plaza in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs.
The eight-year-old, who had gone to the shopping centre with her mother after school, decided to try her luck and to her excitement had won a prize, but it became stuck halfway down the collection slot.
The father of a young girl whose arm became stuck in a vending machine for nearly an hour has told of taking matters into his own hands to free the girl
Martin Kristofferson received a worried phone call on Thursday informing him his daughter had gotten her arm stuck in the skilltester machine at Wynnum Plaza in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs
‘She reached her arm into the slot to get the prize but there is a door mechanism that locks,’ Mr Kristofferson told Daily Mail Australia.
He said he rushed to the centre, grabbing a chisel on his way, and got there 15 minutes later.
‘I walked in and there was a crowd of people and centre management was on the phone,’ he said.
‘I asked if anyone had called the fire brigade and they said they were only just doing it as I got there.’
He said he used the chisel to loosen one of the latches on the contraption to make his daughters arm more comfortable.
‘No one there had a key which was surprising and we tried calling the number of the machine but it just rang out. Eventually the fire brigade arrived and got her arm out.’
Mr Kristofferson said it had been about 50 minutes since his daughters arm became stuck before she was freed.
‘I want it fixed. I want things to change to prevent another child getting stuck. At the very least they should have keys there,’ he said.
Wynuum Plaza management told the Wynnum Herald the problem ‘should be a priority’.
‘Wynnum Plaza is aware of an incident which occurred on Thursday 25 June 2020 whereby a child was attempting to retrieve a prize from a skilltester machine and has subsequently trapped her arm in the prize chute,’ general manager Michael Belfield said.
‘Once notified, Security and Centre Management staff immediately responded and requested the presence of emergency services with QFES and QAS attending the incident.’
Mr Kristofferson said it had been about 50 minutes since his daughters arm became stuck before she was freed