While it is unclear why this dad put his child into a laundry machine, I have a feeling it was meant to be a joke considering the sign that read ”Junior Wash: $2.95.” right above the machine. According to many other sources, this was meant to scare the child, which is ironic because the parents ended up scaring themselves. Either way, they (the mother and father) seem unaware that the door would automatically lock and begin filling the washer with water while gently tumbling. After a worker was able to help them shut down the machine, they quickly exited with the toddler, who only suffered minor bruises and scrapes. I think putting the kid in the washing machine WITHOUT closing the door would have been enough, but then again, what do I know?