Horrified dad finds his son smashed a £3,400 Teletubby sculpture… and he has to pay for it

Time for Tubby bye bye! Horrified dad finds his son smashed a £3,400 Teletubby sculpture in a Hong Kong toy store… and he has to pay for it

  • A boy managed to smash a 5ft 9in porcelain Teletubbies sculpture in a toy store
  • The horrified dad was billed £3,400 to pay for the damages
  • The outlet said the boy kicked the sculpture, but CCTV showed it was an accident

A Hong Kong dad ended up splashing more than he bargained for after a trip to the toy store ended with his son destroying a nearly six-foot porcelain Teletubby sculpture.

Furious staff found the 5.9ft golden sculpture shattered into pieces at a toy store in Langham Place shopping mall in Hong Kong’s Mongkok district, China on Sunday, May 22.

They checked CCTV footage from the store and the boy could be seen leaning on the golden sculpture before trying to stop it from falling.

He couldn’t save the giant glittering decorative object and it crashed to the ground.

At the time, the boy’s father, Cheng, was on the phone outside the store, but returned after hearing a loud crashing sound.

The boy’s father said: ‘My son was standing still, he was just staring at the toy. My son was so terrified after the incident that he had to skip school. He asked me why the sculpture looked scary.

Believing it to be his son’s mistake, Cheng agreed to pay for the sculpture. The trader deducted the item from its retail price of £5,380 and charged the cost price of £3,400 instead.

The culprit looks at the damage after a life-size porcelain Teletubbies sculpture was smashed in a Hong Kong designer toy store

The 5.9-foot-tall golden sculpture was smashed into pieces at a toy store in Langham Place shopping mall in Hong Kong's Mongkok district, China on Sunday, May 22.

The 5.9-foot-tall golden sculpture was smashed into pieces at a toy store in Langham Place shopping mall in Hong Kong’s Mongkok district, China on Sunday, May 22.

However, disgruntled father Cheng said he was initially told by store staff that his son had kicked the sculpture, but surveillance footage later showed the youngster may have been wrongly accused. .

The video showed him leaning against her and accidentally knocking the sculpture over.

The father criticized store staff for misleading him and his wife into thinking their son had kicked the sculpture.

He later asked the store to refund the money and claimed he should have protected the sculpture, calling it fragile.

Store owners KK Plus claimed compensation for the statue was “by mutual agreement”.

The giant toy had a sign warning customers not to touch it

The damage bill amounted to HK$33,600

The boy’s father was given a bill for the equivalent of £3,400 by the toy store, who said they were only charging him ‘cost price’ for the giant Teletubby sculpture.

They said in a statement: ‘The incident was dealt with immediately and fully resolved, and payment has been offered by the owner.

“This large-scale decoration is actually a prototype of the first impression. The official pre-sale price is HKD52,800 (£5,380). The prototype cost involves various expenses including copyright and design, research and development and mold making, reinforcement, packaging, transportation, etc.

The decoration is for viewing only and has no toughness to withstand pressure.

“We did not charge the family more than the cost price of the goods.

CCTV footage shows the boy leaning against the giant sculpture

Moments later, he realizes that the sculpture is tipping over because it's too late to catch it.

CCTV of the incident sparked controversy as although the boy was clearly at fault, the outlet initially said the accident was deliberate, but it later turned out to be an accident .

“The decoration has been on display in its current location since November last year and has caused no inconvenience to customers.”

The incident sparked a huge debate on social media over who was ultimately responsible for the damage, with people accusing KKPlus of scamming the father by falsely saying his son knocked over the sculpture.

Others asked why he hadn’t cordoned off the sculpture to prevent people from approaching it.

But there were those who said the parents should have watched their son more closely.

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