[CrackMonkey] DEATH TOILET: Risks Digest 21.35

Nick Moffitt nick at zork.net
Mon Apr 23 16:46:57 PDT 2001


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Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 16:45:30 +0100
From: Gareth Randell
Subject: Hi-tech toilet swallows woman

  [Source: Article by Lester Haines, 17 Apr 2001, via Brian Randell 
  http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/28/18312.html]

A 51-year-old woman was subjected to a harrowing two-hour ordeal [on
16 Apr 2001] when she was imprisoned in a hi-tech public convenience.
Maureen Shotton, from Whitley Bay, was captured by the maverick
cyberloo during a shopping trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The toilet,
which boasts state-of-the-art electronic auto-flush and door sensors,
steadfastly refused to release Maureen, and further resisted attempts
by passers-by to force the door.  Maureen was finally liberated when
the fire brigade ripped the roof off the cantankerous crapper.
Maureen's terrifying experience confirms that it is a short step from
belligerent bogs to Terminator-style cyborgs hunting down and
exterminating mankind.

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