It’s easy to see why you’d keep things like small toys and toxic chemicals out of the reach of toddlers, but your laptop? How much trouble could possibly come from a three year-old child banging away at your keyboard?

So thought Pipi Quinlan — at least until she opened her email to find out that she had placed the winning bid on a 20,000 New Zealand dollar ($12,295) bid on an earth-moving digger on the online auction site TradeMe.co.nz. Although she had been bidding on toy trucks earlier that day, she definitely didn’t recall bidding on a multi-ton machine. It turns out her toddler had accidentally placed the rather sizeable bid inadvertently.

The site was very forgiving after speaking with the mother and repaid the selling costs, and allowed the digger to be relisted. Clearly something to think about next time you leave your laptop open around a small child.

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Michael Kaufmann, lover of all things science and gadget, is a contributing editor at Blast. He can be reached at [email protected]

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