Little Boy Broke The Expensive Sculpture At Kansas Community Center Making His Parents Face A Whooping Fine

Date June 20, 2018

Perhaps, the main rule you hear in every museum around the world is not to touch anything. But the temptation is still huge. In most instances, you secretly commit your small crime and have no consequences after that, however, there are cases when you understand something went wrong.

Unlucky incident

The Goodmans family now knows the meaning of the phrase “you break it, you buy it” popular in the museums around the US. Their son dropped a huge statue on the ground at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center.

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The poor boy tried to put it back but wasn’t strong enough and eventually broke it. Little did he know the sculpture was quite expensive, and now, his family faces the possible fine of $132,000.

Debates over the fine

Sarah Goodman didn’t expect the price tag would be so high. She also didn’t expect the insurance company would reject their plea on covering the cost of the broken statue. Now, the family looks for excuses as the fine is too big for their budget:

My children are well-supervised, but all people get distracted. It's in the main walkway. Not a separate room, not plexiglas, not protected, not held down.

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Even though the city called it an unfortunate incident, the museum authorities claimed they assumed all measures to distract people from touching the exhibits:

There's a societal responsibility that you may not interact with it if it's not designed for interaction.

The piece of art was entitled Aphrodite di Kansas City and made of glass elements and small bricks. The museum claimed they don’t demand the money directly from the family but want to contact their insurance company. Their aim is to compensate the authors work.

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Don't touch

Time will tell whether the family will go bankrupt or the insurance company will eventually pay for the broken sculpture.

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Even though the poor boy didn’t intend to break the expensive artwork, he was well-aware of the main rule of such establishments: not to touch the exhibits because if you break it, you buy it.

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