A father who took a chisel to a toy skill tester to free his daughter’s stuck arm has become the victim of vile online trolling.
Martin Kristofferson, of Wynnum, in Brisbane, said he was shocked by the public’s reaction to the June 25 incident which left Hannah, eight, stuck for about 50 minutes after reaching into a machine to retrieve a prize.
Mr Kristofferson stepped in after being called by his 16-year-old son, Miles, who was with his daughter at the time.
The pair, who went shopping with their mother, Alana, were left without any assistance from Wynnum Plaza’s centre management or authorities, he said.
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Hannah (pictured), eight, was stuck in the toy vending machine for about 50 minutes before she was freed by her dad, Martin Kristofferson. She was stuck after reaching into a machine to retrieve a prize
Mr Kristofferson said he rushed to the centre, grabbing a chisel on his way, and got there 15 minutes later.
He used the chisel to loosen one of the latches on the contraption to make his daughters arm more comfortable.
‘I expected a bit of backlash on social media because the internet is a toxic place but not the personal messages and comments calling my daughter a ‘little b*tch’ or that she have a slap for stealing,’ the 43-year-old said.
‘My daughter is fine – she isn’t on social media. It just makes you realise online bullying does happen and it happens at any age.
‘Parents really need to keep an eye on their kids online just to make sure they’re not being bullied. It has affected me but I can cope with it. I have a thick skin. Others may be different.’
Mr Kristofferson, who was born in Denmark and has been living in Australia for more than 20 years, said he was yet to hear from centre management about the incident, even though the toy vending machine had been fixed.