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  posted on 5/21/2005 at 03:09 PM
Boy Gets Stuck Inside Vending Machine


ELKHART, Ind. (May 21) - A 3-year-old boy upset that his mother wouldn't let him use a crane vending machine to try to win a small stuffed animal took matters in his own hands. He climbed up the chute to get the prize himself.

Danielle Manges said she took her eyes off her son, James, for a moment to pick up a juice bottle he threw. When she looked up, he was in with the plush toys.

''I bent over to clean it and within two seconds he had climbed through the hole, into the chute and pushed the door shut so we couldn't get him out,'' she said. ''He climbed up in the toys and was in there for a good hour.''


"He was swinging from a bar, jumping around. He was having a ball."
-Anthony Coleman, firefighter

Manges said James has been sick and sleeping odd hours so they went shopping about 3 a.m. Thursday at a Wal-Mart in the city some 15 miles east of South Bend. She let the boy play on some of the rides, but wouldn't give him money for the vending machine.

At first, Manges thought it was funny.

''He was playing with all the toys and hanging from the bar like a monkey,'' she said.

Manges said people leaving the store went back inside to buy disposable cameras to take photos of her son. She bought one herself.

She became upset, however, when Wal-Mart employees said they did not have a key to let James out. So Manges called the fire department for help.

''I expected his hand to be caught in the machine but it was his entire body in the machine,'' firefighter Anthony Coleman said. ''He was swinging from a bar, jumping around. He was having a ball.''

About 40 people watched as the firefighters removed the back of the machine and freed him.

James still came up empty handed.

''He definitely didn't get a toy after that,'' Manges said.

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Did anyone think of putting in $.50 and using the crane? (Dang!! St. Peter just e-mailed me...he saw what I posted....who would've thought heaven gets HTW?)



[Edited on 5/21/2005 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 5/21/2005 at 03:48 PM
"Did anyone think of putting in $.50 and using the crane?" - LMAOOL!!!!!

 

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  posted on 5/22/2005 at 06:11 AM
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Did anyone think of putting in $.50 and using the crane?

TanDan, haaaa!

I saw this funny story, too. I like this passage:
"Manges said people leaving the store went back inside to buy disposable cameras to take photos of her son. She bought one herself." Not just the other Wal-Mart shoppers but Mrs. Manges, too!

The story reminded me of a similar boy-in-crane-machine story from a couple years ago. For some reason, I had just told that story three weeks ago to my sister and niece, who are also named Manges! I forwarded this story to them this weekend!

 

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  posted on 5/23/2005 at 11:47 PM
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I saw this funny story, too. I like this passage:
"Manges said people leaving the store went back inside to buy disposable cameras to take photos of her son. She bought one herself." Not just the other Wal-Mart shoppers but Mrs. Manges, too!




I did not read the part where the mother bought a strap and tore his litle legs up...in front of all his adoring fans.

 

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  posted on 5/24/2005 at 08:00 AM
Leno joked about using the crane on his show last night. He must've read it here first, I want my payment!!

 

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  posted on 5/24/2005 at 08:09 AM
uh Pam, were you standing around taking pictures of the boy too... what were you doing at Walmart at 3AM

 

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  posted on 5/24/2005 at 11:56 AM
Better get used to that confined space kid
 

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  posted on 5/25/2005 at 08:57 PM
After I emailed this story to the Mangeses, I emailed it to a few others in my extended family. I received a reply from my cousin Brian* to the effect that if the Wal-Mart manager had tried an extraction with the crane and hadn't waited for the fire department to come rescue young James from his "crib" full of stuffed animals, we might have been seeing this headline:

Manager Mangles Mangy Manges in Manger




*Brian is a newspaper editor and writes headlines all the time!

 

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