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Security camera footage captures the moment a toddler is placed inside a laundrette tumble dryer "as a joke" before the machine is inadvertently switched on.
CCTV from the store in the United States shows a couple loading a tumble dryer. When the woman's back is turned, the man picks up his child and hides it among the laundry before closing the door.
The auto-lock on the machine's door activates the tumble dryer, preventing the shocked father from retrieving his son, The Daily Telegraph reported.
As the machine begins its cycle, the parents frantically try to shut it down. After a minute of panic, an attendant turns off the power allowing the couple to retrieve their child before making a hasty dash for the exit.
The child is reported to have survived its ordeal with only minor bruising.