A four-year-old girl got her hand stuck in a vending machine for 45 minutes while trying to retrieve a packet of LOOM BANDS.
Little Layla Ridley had to be freed by four firefighters because the machine did not distribute the bag of Disney Princess tapes when she put in her £ 1 coin.
Firefighters had to dismantle most of the machine at Ankerside Shopping Center in Tamworth, Staffs to access Layla’s wrist in order to twist it and free her arm.
Layla’s dad, David, said it all happened in seconds.
The 38-year-old said: “My brother just slapped me on the shoulder and said ‘I think Layla got stuck.’
“I thought he was kidding, but when I turned around she was there.
“He had given her the money to get the loom bands, so I guess he got stuck and that’s why she got hold of it.”
“She was really calm about everything because she’s really shy around new people and a big crowd had formed.
“There were a few tears when the firefighters started twisting her arm, but she was fine after being released. “
Layla had managed to get her hand caught between two plastic flaps in the machine’s air chambers and could not extricate herself.
Thus, the firefighters had to dismantle most of the vending machine from top to bottom to access the youngster’s little hand.
Two paramedics were on hand to help calm Layla down as she started to get a little stressed.
David said: “They were really nice to her – they even gave her some Calpol to relax her.
“We were lucky the firefighters released her so quickly.
“Paramedics said if she had been stranded for another 15 minutes, they should have given her gas and air to force her arm out.
“They didn’t know if there was still traffic in his hand, so they were a little worried.
“In the end, there was just a little red mark on his elbow.”
After Layla was released, the mall security guard gave her a bundle of Disney tapes for all of her troubles.
Pete Barber, Manager of Ankerside Mall, said: “We are very happy to hear that this little girl is no worse off for her experience, although we are sorry for any upset that may have been caused to her and his family.
“We will let the company operating the machine in Ankerside know what happened and ask for assurance that it cannot happen again.”