Robot Vacuum Cleaner Attacks Korean Housewife’s Hair

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Well, that sucks. A robot vacuum cleaner “attacked” a South Korean housewife in her sleep last month by sucking up her hair. The incident required a few paramedics to untangle her hair from the vacuum’s nozzle, according to Korea Biz Wire.

The woman, a 52-year-old resident of Changwon, South Korea, laid down on the floor to take a nap while the robot vacuum was running. She later woke up in agony when the robot began sucking her hair into its nozzle. The vacuum only stopped running one to two minutes after it ingested the woman’s hair.

Unable to free herself from the machine, the housewife called 119, South Korea’s emergency number. Paramedics responded to the call and managed to extricate her hair from the nozzle. The woman sustained only minor injuries.

According to the Changwon Fire Service Headquarters, the robot vacuum’s sensors, which allows the machine to detect dirt while avoiding obstacles like furniture and cables, misidentified the woman’s hair as dust.

Since it’s commonplace for people to sit or nap on clean floors in South Korea, it’s likely that more Korean households will pay more caution to their vacuum cleaners following this accident.

After all, it only takes one Roomba to start a Terminator uprising.

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Featured photo via Changwon Fire Service Headquarters/Korea Biz Wire