Not the first time

Kapi-Mana News - - OPIN­ION -


[Re­gard­ing the three-year-old girl who lost part of a fin­ger – KMN, Au­gust 16], a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent took place on the same trav­e­la­tor when my daugh­ter was four years of age. Even though she is seven now, she still re­lives that mo­ment ev­ery time we visit North City Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Three years ago we were vis­it­ing North City Shop­ping Cen­tre and went down the trav­e­la­tor – upon reach­ing the bot­tom some­how my daugh­ter’s pull cord from her hood on her jacket got caught in the black rub­ber hand grip (which sur­rounds both sides of the trav­e­la­tor both up and down) and once it went un­der (into the floor) it be­gan to draw the cord tighter.

It dragged her lit­tle frame straight down and not know­ing what was hap­pen­ing, im­me­di­ately we thought she had just tripped up, we then saw her grab­bing for her throat and gasp­ing for air.

I ran straight for help whilst her mother and aunty be­gan to scream and fran­ti­cally try­ing to rip her jacket off her.

I fi­nally ar­rived with a se­cu­rity guy who only treated the in­ci­dent as a joke, he thought my daugh­ter was hav­ing a tantrum. My daugh­ter’s mother and aunty had ripped her jacket off her and re­leased her from a po­ten­tially deadly sit­u­a­tion.

We im­me­di­ately went to the ser­vice desk to make some kind of a com­plaint, the se­cu­rity of­fi­cer said he would fill out a re­port. At the time there were no warn­ings or cau­tion signs.

We still have not heard back from North City Shop­ping Cen­tre, no apol­ogy. I’m glad we still have our lit­tle girl, due to the in­stincts and re­ac­tions of a mother and sis­ter.

We all hope that lit­tle girl’s fin­ger heals quickly. FRED LAU­MUA, Porirua.


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