When Christopher Air’s mom went to change a £20 note so that the tot could try the toy game again, the tot took matters into his own hands.
Mrs Air said: ‘My back was only turned for a minute. When I looked around, Christopher was inside.
‘He’s good at solving problems. He obviously saw getting the teddy bear as a problem and getting inside the machine as the answer.’ For Christopher, at last united with the bear, it was the perfect solution… in the short term at least.
The machine proved more difficult to get out, than in – especially as the arcade owner couldn’t locate the keys.
Mrs Air, 33, of Grangetown, Sunderland, added: ‘Initially, Christopher was laughing. But then a crowd started to gather and he got upset and started crying.’
After 30 minutes, he was released – and is sure to have learned his lesson.
But, misguided as it was, his ingenuity paid off – the arcade owner gave him the bear to cheer him up.
While I am happy that this child was able to finally get out of the machine, I think that someone needs to figure out why it is so easy for kids to get inside…