Now, we all love the wonderful technological gadgets of today’s generation, right? And a lot of us are either familiar with or have a Google or Alexa in our home.
They’re great, as well.
You can play music, set alarms, listen to the news, or even have the gadget play games with you.
But, when 1 ten-year-old girl was looking for some fun, Alexa suggested something that could have been quite fatal…
If she followed through with the instructions.
Mom Kristin Livdahl posted to Twitter in shock.
“OMFG my ten-year-old just asked Alexa on our Echo for a challenge and this is what she said,” she wrote.
“Here’s something I found on the web. According to Ourcommunitynow.com: The challenge is simple: Plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs,” Alexa suggested rather fatally.
And so, Amazon Customer Service reached out to her in the comments, saying:
“Hi there. We’re sorry to hear this! Please reach out to us directly via the following link so that we can look into this further with you: https://amzn.to/3sGEtkT. We hope this helps. -Daragh”
Talking to the BBC, the momma said that they were doing challenges together, and the little girl: “Just wanted another one,” as per TooFab.
Twitter users were astounded by the situation, too.
1 user questioned why the parents have an Alexa.
To which Livdahl responded: “We have been doing some physical challenges from a Phy Ed teacher on YouTube as the weather gets colder and she just wanted another one. I was right there. The Echo was a gift and is mostly used as a timer and to play songs and podcasts.”
And another person jokingly asked if her ten-year-old had won the challenge.
With the mom replying: “I was right there and yelled, No Alexa, no! Like it was a dog. My daughter says she is too smart to do something like that anyway.”
And it’s a good job because if the young girl did follow through with the challenge, she could have lost a finger or an arm, or even set the house on fire.
1 person even warned her to get her child “Off the the adult’s” version…
Because Alexa doesn’t know who she’s talking to.
In a statement, Amazon told the BBC that they had rectified the potentially life threatening issue.
“Customer trust is at the center of everything we do and Alexa is designed to provide accurate, relevant, and helpful information to customers.
“As soon as we became aware of this error, we took swift action to fix it,” they said.
We are thankful that the challenge didn’t escalate…
So, I couldn’t imagine how grateful the momma bear is feeling right now.
What do you think about the situation?