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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

A 72-year-old German man has been hospitalised with hypothermia after his toddler grandson locked him out on the balcony - trapping him in sub-zero temperatures for five hours.

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.

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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
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