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Two Kids Broke a $64,000 Glass Model of a Disney Castle

Luckily, the museum doesn't seem to have a "you break it, you buy it" policy.

An intricate glass model of Shanghai Disneyland’s Fantasy Castle was recently damaged by two kids visiting the Shanghai Museum of Glass, VICE reports. While playing a game, they climbed over the barriers separating the model from the public and ran into the box holding it, dislodging a piece that shattered when it fell to the floor.

The sound of shattering in a glass museum has to be traumatic, but the museum seems surprisingly cool about the whole thing. In a post, the museum wrote that  “The little visitors knew that their behavior was inappropriate, and, under the encouragement of their parents, reported the incident to the museum staff. Their attitudes were friendly and sincere, and they agreed to help out with follow-up matters.”

“This makes us touched, and we believe that the future generation will be good visitors.”

It took 500 hours to make the model, which consists of over 30,000 components an is adorned with 24-carat gold. It’s the work of Arribas Brothers, a company that began when two Spanish glassblowers met Walt Disney at the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens. Three years later they were operating out of a tiny glass studio inside the (full-size) Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland, and the company now makes tchotchkes at Disney parks around the world.

Miguel Arribas has already agreed to fix the castle, and the museum is launching a program to teach kids what they can and can’t do while they explore the exhibits.

Online, some are criticizing the lax way the museum handled the situation, with many arguing that a “you break it, you buy it” policy is what the parents deserve for raising “little emperors,” Chinese slang for spoiled kids.

“Little emperors” are a phenomenon associated with the one-child policy, which produced generations of only children who were the only outlet for their parents’ affection and, as the stereotype goes, developed what we in the States call only child syndrome, self-centered, and socially inept behaviors.