Revolving restaurants and lounges are becoming very popular. Usually rotating at about one revolution per hour, their motion is inconspicuous. Distracted or inebriated adults or inattentive children may be caught by the progress of the moving parts. Two such incidents have occurred recently in Tampa, Florida. The case of one child is presented.


A 3-year-old boy was leaning out of a booth in a revolving restaurant when the motion of the floor compressed him between the booth and the stationary wall. The space between the end of the booth and the wall was 12.5 cm (Fig. 1). He was trapped until the rotation of the restaurant was stopped by turning off the motor and his father pulled him out, with considerable effort.

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