A pizza shop boss pleaded with fire crews NOT to cut a five-year-old boy from a dough rolling machine – because it would cost him money, a court heard.
Sajid Mahmood, the former owner of Pizza De Roma, on Gospel Lane, Olton, told emergency services the equipment cost £1,500.
And he urged them to dismantle the machine instead of freeing the injured and crying child with cutting tools.
Crews were worried the youngster, the son of a worker, could have lost three fingers on his right hand which were trapped between the rollers of the machine.
But the court was told customers were still being served meals when firefighters arrived to rescue him on March 17 last year.