A father has had to spend £3,400 after his son smashed a “creepy” 6ft tall Teletubby sculpture in a shopping centre.
The costly accident happened at a toy store in Hong Kong’s Langham Palace mall.
Cheng, the boy’s father, had stepped out of the store to make a phone call but went back inside when he heard a loud crash.
When he returned, his son was standing motionless next to the huge Teletubby, which lay broken on the ground.
CCTV footage later revealed that Cheng’s son had leaned on the porcelain ornament and caused it to fall over.
Cheng said when he returned to the store, he found his son frozen.
“My son was motionless, just staring at the toy,” Cheng said.
“My son was so scared after the incident that he had to skip school. He asked me why the sculpture looked scary.”
Cheng agreed to pay for the smashed toy, which has been reduced to £3,400 from its retail price of £5,380, but the father now claims his son was wrongly blamed.
He said staff initially told him his son kicked the monstrous sculpture, but video footage showed his son accidentally knocked it over.
Cheng has now asked the store to refund the money, saying the sculpture should have been better protected and marked as fragile.
But shopkeepers KKPlus have insisted compensation for the broken Teletubby was “mutually agreed”.
They said the company has already offered Cheng a discount on the item and the cost of the sculpture reflects the labor, design and copyrights that went into its creation.
In a statement, KKPlus said: “The incident was dealt with immediately and fully resolved and payment was proposed by the owner.
“This large format decoration is actually a prototype of the first printing. The official pre-sale price is HKD 52,800 (£5,380).
“The cost of the prototype includes various expenses including copyright and design, R&D and mold making, reinforcement, packaging, transportation and more.
“The decoration is for display only and is not resistant to pressure. We did not charge the family more than the cost of the goods.’
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