Even though children are a joy to the world, they’re still learning and may not be careful with their surroundings, hence the responsibility are on the parents to look after them especially when out and about. You’ll never know if they might end up breaking something.
An incident happened over in Hong Kong recently where a child accidentally broke a really expensive Teletubbies sculpture that cost more than RM30K but their money was soon returned back to them. Here’s the story:
A family was visiting a toy shop in Langham Place in Hong Kong when one of their sons accidentally knocked over a large Teletubbies sculpture that was apparently worth HKD 52.8K (RM29.5K). Luckily the boy (and nearby shoppers) did not sustain any injuries from the accident.
Perhaps the only injuries are the parents’ wallets as they had to pay HKD 33K (RM18.4K) for the damage caused. One of the KKPlus staff members asked the parents to compensate for the loss and even accused the boy to have kicked the sculpture. But that turned out to be a lie.
A CCTV recording surfaced online showed the 5-year-old simply leaning against the Teletubbies sculpture. It was proven that he did not kick it as claimed by the staff member. This soon caught the attention of the parents once more. Both the family and netizens blamed the staff for making everyone believe that the boy deliberately kicked the sculpture.
After the social media backlash, KKPlus released a (now deleted) statement clarifying that the sculpture actually costs more and that they didn’t charge more than the retail price. In the same statement, they mentioned that the sculpture has never inconvenienced customers.
ChinaPress recently reported that the shop has apologised to the family and refunded their money. KKPlus also said that they will reevaluate their safety measures to prevent accidents like this from happening again. As for the well-being of the boy, according to the father, his son has missed school after apparently being traumatised by the incident.
Sources: ChinaPress, SEA Mashable, HongKongFP
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