Sunday 20 May 2018

'Who'd steal vegetable shaped toys?' - thieves ransack toy grabber machines at bus stops

An empty toy grabbing machine in Drumcondra Picture: Amy Molloy
An empty toy grabbing machine in Drumcondra Picture: Amy Molloy
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Toy grabber machines installed by supermarket chain Lidl at bus stops across Dublin have been ransacked by thieves.

A Lidl spokeswoman confirmed that two of the machines had to be replaced this week.

"Lidl's Goodness Gang installation was stolen from George's Street, Dublin 2 earlier this week," she said.

"The installation has since been replaced and is fully functioning for the public to use. An additional unit was damaged in Drumcondra, again this has since been replaced."

Harry Jones (20), who works as a barista on George's Street, said he noticed the machine had been completely emptied overnight.

"I knew it couldn't have been a case of someone winning all the toys overnight," he said.

"Then we had some guys in here asking for CCTV footage so I think they are investigating it. Who would steal vegetable shaped toys?"

The machines are free to use and people can win a vegetable-shaped toy including 'Connor Carrot', 'Bob Broccoli' and 'Pat Pear'.

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