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Child caught ploughing snow with excavator

AFP · 24 Dec 2009, 08:07

Published: 24 Dec 2009 08:07 GMT+01:00

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Officers on patrol found the boy atop the 3.5-metre-tall (11.5-foot-tall) excavator after he had cleared the street in the town of Reinfeld and was driving back to the parking lot.

The child noticed the police car behind him and stopped immediately.

"He opened the door, got out and admitted immediately that he did not have

a driving licence," the police report said.

When asked why he had begun ploughing, he said his father had complained about the state of the roads. He saw the key in the ignition of the vehicle and set off.

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Police retrieved the key to the loader from the child and returned it, and the boy, to his mother.

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09:00 December 24, 2009 by wood artist
Clearly the young man has been caught up in the spirit of the season, hearing an expression of desire and then doing everything he can to provide a gift.

Hopefully he receives nothing more than an appropriate admonition, and some honest thanks from those who benefited from his gesture. Would that more people could perform such selfless acts, while hopefully remaining within the framework of the law.

This may be the best Christmas gift his father will ever receive. I hope he appreciates it appropriately.
09:01 December 24, 2009 by Frenemy
these days, I'm actually surprised the title of this article was not "...Caught ploughing child in snow excavator"!!
12:28 December 24, 2009 by Frenemy
amen to that. (But there is nothing wrong with a kid gaining a leg up on the competition by bringing his laptop to a paint ball shoot-out in order to run terminal ballistics simulations to pwn the competition)!! ;-)
15:32 December 24, 2009 by mixxim
Does he get the minimum wage?
06:43 December 25, 2009 by Frenemy
@7-year-old-kid: You're a credit to your nation (the fact that kids like you are still produced/manufactured really warms my heart). Keep it up son, in 9 years I'll recruit you myself ;-)
12:55 December 25, 2009 by mossmusic
What a great christmas present. I would have wanted to see the kids with his father not alone in the machine. But he showed outstanding initiative and a big heart helping out like that. I hope he gets nothing more then a reminder not to do such things till he old enough to drive such a machine. He should also get some sort of compensation from the state for his duty me thinks! And of course a big hug from his parents.
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