CNN- A 4-year old boy has been freed after his arm was stuck for hours in the first vending machine he'd ever seen.
The nearly six-hour ordeal began Sunday when the child tried to reach into the machine, located in a Melbourne hotel lobby, and became trapped by its anti-theft mechanism.
"We live up in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, and I don't think he's seen a vending machine before so he saw the Oreos, and some biscuits and a few other things," his father Aaron Shorthouse told CNN affiliate 7 News.
Arnhem Land is a very remote, rural region located at the very northern tip of the country. It has a population of about 16,000 spread across 37,000 square miles.
Rescue workers distracted the child, Leo, by showing cartoons to him on their phones and giving him a stuffed toy as they worked to free him but he had to be sedated at times.
"It was (hard to watch), especially seeing a young fellow like this after five and a half hours," Aaron Shorthouse said.
Kind of a miracle this doesn't happen more often, no? If responsible parenting didn't exist -and sometimes the internet would lead you to believe it doesn't- then I think every single child would need to get his arm stuck in a vending machine to learn that you need to put money in it first. I mean, come on. A virtual treasure chest of candy? Visible to the naked eye? With a slot that looks like it's made for a little person's arm? I can't believe I didn't see this before. Vending machines are basically kid traps disguised as cheap, convenient snacking apparatuses. They have been getting away with literally disarming our youth for years because they allow us to satisfy our cravings in a timely manner. You know why I sympathize with this kid? Because I am surprised I wasn't this kid. If children had memories that weren't comparable to that of a goldfish then vending machines would have already traumatized them by the thousands. The real shame in all this is that innocent little kids whose metabolism can handle a 'Snickers' bar are risking a limb to get their hands on one. Meanwhile every human trash bin with a sweet tooth and a dollar bill is having their type 2 diabetes delivered to them within seconds and all they have to do is let out one deep exhausting breath as they bend over to get it. Sometimes the world is just not fair. Why can't the phrase be "It's like taking candy from a gluttonous fat pig with no respect for personal space"?