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Tue Oct 24, 5:09 PM ET

ANTIGO, Wis. - Three-year-old Robert Moore went fishing for a stuffed replica of Sponge Bob and ended up trapped in a vending machine. The toddler's adventure began with a Saturday evening shopping trip with his grandmother, Fredricka Bierdemann, and three siblings.

Bierdemann ended the trip by giving each child a dollar and telling them to have fun in a retailer's game room.

A stuffed Sponge Bob in a vending machine's bin caught Robert's eye. He tried without success to fish it out with a plastic crane.

"I told him I could get it for him," his grandmother said. "He's a character. He said, 'Oh no, I can get it.'"

When she turned her back to get another dollar for a second try, Robert took off his coat and squeezed through an opening in the machine. He landed in the stuffed animal cube.

"I turned around and looked for him, and he said, 'Oma, I'm in here," Bierdemann said. "I thought I would have a heart attack."

Store employees couldn't find a key to the machine, so Robert waited while the Antigo Fire Department was called.

"He was having a ball in there, hugging all the stuffed animals," Bierdemann said. "He was so good-natured, but I was shaking like a leaf."

Firefighters broke one lock but then spotted two latches inside the plastic cube. They passed a screwdriver to Robert.

"He stacked up all the stuffed animals and used that screwdriver to open the latch," his grandmother said. "You should have seen him go."

Eventually, Robert freed himself. But his mother, Marie Moore, and grandmother said they were lucky that he remained calm when another child might not have. He went home safe — but without a stuffed Sponge Bob.


He doesn't get in trouble why now?

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no stuffed spongebob?! after all that... yeah, he tries it in about 10 years... oof.

A kid in my camp whos 13 did that, and he got in so much trouble. He got suspended from the camp, and banned from the place he did that in. Probably alot more that I don't know about.

BTW Abc, what's that equation in your sig for anyway. It looks like Games. I dont know what the G stands for. Looks complicated.

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this story is insane

i'm definately using this as my current event

the kid didn't get in trouble because he was three... but i think he should have gotten atleast a 10 minute time-out or something because his parents/grandparents need to get the message across that you DON'T DO STUFF LIKE THAT...

it would probably have been hysterical to see this happen... i wish i could have been there

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Anyone else wondering where the local gang was during this incident? The best part of the story would have been if they had come and starting kicking the **** out of the machine with the kid still inside.

Imagine the headache...oof. :lol:

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