There is something about the racks, shelves and merchandise in a retail store that brings out the urge to hide in even the most well-behaved child. What parent hasn’t found themselves the unwitting seeker in an impromptu game of hide and seek in a crowded department store? For a parent, it is a gut-wrenching feeling to look around and not see your child where he was standing just two seconds ago. We warn them, we threaten them, we even tether them to our carts. But the irresistible pull of a great hiding spot sometimes gets the better of an adventurous kid.
For an 11-year-old boy in Sacramento, it was a large open gun safe that proved to be his undoing. According to Sacramento fire officials, the boy wandered into an open gun safe and closed the door behind him. The door, equipped with an automatic locking system, did what it was supposed to do — it locked.
Because the batteries for the lock were either missing or dead, store personnel couldn’t free the boy. They put in fresh batteries but had to wait for the lock timer to reset. In the meantime, fire officials were standing by, ready to drill holes in the safe in case the air should run out before the safe could be unlocked.
Fortunately, the lock opened before any damage was done to the kid or the safe. This little boy is lucky in more ways than one. He got out safe and he didn’t cause any damage to the safe. Because if there is one thing a parent hates more than kids playing hide and seek in a store, it’s having to pay for something they destroyed in the process.