• Germany edition
 
Kid traps grandpa on freezing Munich balcony
This was not the man. But Kühl does mean chilly in German. Photo: DPA

Kid traps grandpa on freezing Munich balcony

Published: 17 Jan 2013 15:04 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Jan 2013 15:04 GMT+01:00

The desperate Munich man even did gymnastic exercises while trapped on the second-floor balcony on Wednesday in an effort to keep warm - in between trying to persuade his two-year-old grandson to open the door.

"I don't understand why he didn't shout out for help, into the street or courtyard or something. I'm sure I would be shouting a lot if I were stuck out in the cold for that long," a spokesman for the city's fire department told The Local.

"We are not sure whether the little boy thought he was playing a game, or whether he was unable to open the door," he said.

"The man was only wearing slippers and the kind of clothes you wear around the house. He had only popped out onto the balcony to smoke a cigarette. But he was on the second floor, six or seven metres up off the ground, so jumping down was not an option."

The grandfather, who was only babysitting the boy while his parents were out, eventually managed to get the toddler to pass him a phone through the window which was tipped open - and he called the parents.

But when they returned home to rescue him, they found the door key was stuck in the lock from the inside - and had to call the fire brigade to let them back in.

The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

15:45 January 17, 2013 by trevor999
"A 72-year-old German man has been hospitalized with hypothermia after his toddler grandson locked him out on the balcony - trapping him in sub-zero temperatures for five hours...

But when they returned home to rescue him, they found the door key was stuck in the lock from the inside - and had to call the fire brigade to let them back in."

Murphy was an optimist...
17:31 January 17, 2013 by heathen
Darwin Sr. vs. Darvin III
19:14 January 17, 2013 by jg.
Smoking now causes hypothermia.
19:48 January 17, 2013 by raandy
Kid traps grandpa, toddlers do not trap people, dumb title, grats!
20:46 January 17, 2013 by Steve1949
Grandpa must have been pretty dumb. Why not just break the glass in the door or one of the windows?
21:40 January 17, 2013 by IchBinKönig
The Grandpa should be quiet, thankful and happy. When his grandchild is his age, it won't be cold at all anymore due to Global Warming he caused. lol. I read at theLocal.de there will be no more snow in Germany.
15:15 January 20, 2013 by Vargaz
Brought to you by Philip Morris, maker of Marlboro cigarettes and other fine cancer-causing tobacco products.
Today's headlines
Fourth time lucky for free Berlin WiFi?
Coming soon? Photo: DPA

Fourth time lucky for free Berlin WiFi?

Berlin's bid to set up a free city-wide wireless network has so far come to nothing. But city bosses are now trying for a fourth time - and hope to have the project running next year. READ  

Opinion
Do German unions have too much power?
Lufthansa passengers rush to change their flights at Frankfurt Airport on Monday. Photo: DPA

Do German unions have too much power?

Germany's pilots and train drivers are taking it in turns to bring the country to a standstill with strikes that have cost the economy tens of millions of euros in the last two weeks. Are unions abusing their power or standing up for their rights? READ  

Older workers can have extra days off, court says
Photo: Workers in a German shoe factory. Photo: DPA

Older workers can have extra days off, court says

Older workers in Germany are allowed more time off than younger ones, a court ruled on Tuesday, saying the difference was not discriminatory. READ  

Expat's family battles for answers four years on
Matthew Fitzpatrick died in 2010 in Mannheim. Photo: Fitzpatrick family

Expat's family battles for answers four years on

In 2010 an Irish computer engineer was found dead in his apartment in Baden-Württemberg. Four years on, his family are still pressing the German justice system for answers. They feel badly let down by police who they say have refused to examine evidence of foul play. READ  

Court: Germany can keep arms deals secret
The judges of the Supreme Court announce their decision about weapons exports on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Court: Germany can keep arms deals secret

The government can keep arms deals secret and only tell the public about them after contracts have been signed, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. READ  

Tourist finds €7,500 instead of cheesecake

Tourist finds €7,500 instead of cheesecake

Just how honest would you have to be to return €7,500 that you found in a box supposed to contain your favourite cheesecake? READ  

Tanker fills up gas station with wrong fuel
Photo: DPA

Tanker fills up gas station with wrong fuel

Around 160 car owners are stuck after a gas station's storage tanks were filled with the wrong fuel, causing an estimated €100,000 in damage. READ  

Lufthansa strike hits 1,500 flights
Photo: DPA

Lufthansa strike hits 1,500 flights

UPDATE: In the second day of their strike, Lufthansa pilots have, as promised, extended their industrial action to include long-haul international flights until the end of Tuesday. READ  

Merkel tells allies to pay Ukraine's gas debts
Chancellor Angela Merkel in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Monday. Photo: DPA

Merkel tells allies to pay Ukraine's gas debts

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Ukraine's allies to help the war-scarred nation pay off its gas debts to Russia, amid concern over gas supplies this winter. READ  

Steinmeier wants epidemic task force
Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks at the World Health Summit in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Steinmeier wants epidemic task force

At the World Health Summit in Berlin, the Ebola crisis took centre stage at talks meant to create plans for how to handle future outbreaks. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: Mariana Schroeder
Munich
Special Report: Hope and chaos at Munich's refugee shelters
Photo: DPA
Berlin
Robbers blow up Berlin bank
Photo: DPA
Culture
Can you top our history quiz leaderboard?
Photo: Facebook
Society
German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight
Photo: DPA
Politics
UKIP ‘seeks EU pact’ with German satirical party
Photo: DPA
Gallery
PHOTOS: World's biggest erotic fair opens in Berlin
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
11 things Germans are afraid of...
Sponsored Article
International School on the Rhine: a legacy
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The ten richest people in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,478
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd