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(Click Orlando)   Her: "When you use [an] extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you're in the bath." Darwin: "You go, girl"   ( clickorlando.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Mobile phone, extension cord, Text messaging, 14-year-old Madison Coe, Bathroom, Bathtub, Mat, SMS  
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2017-07-17 12:02:09 PM  
Dad, it's outside the tub

Water can also get outside the tub.  Stupid is as stupid does.
 
2017-07-17 12:17:30 PM  
Well... that's pretty horrifying, actually.
 
2017-07-17 12:23:41 PM  
Someday I'll perfect my prototype Aqua-Toaster (modelled off of a used Cornballer I bought in Tijuana)
and you'll all thank me.
 
2017-07-17 12:54:43 PM  
Every day it gets more and more difficult to have any sympathy for people.

I guess it's sad, but how do you get to that age without choking on your own hair or walking off a roof when you're that dumb.

I guess this is why warning labels exist.
 
2017-07-17 12:57:40 PM  
GFI plug much?
 
2017-07-17 12:57:55 PM  
Great.  Now we get this tag on every electrical cord.
www.markdroberts.com
 
2017-07-17 01:53:29 PM  
She was only 14!  Yes it was stupid but do we really have to gloat and enjoy her death?
 
2017-07-17 01:54:38 PM  
Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.
 
2017-07-17 01:54:57 PM  
The teen often took her cell phone into the bathroom to play games or listen to music as she soaked in the tub, her family said,

Because Godforbid we ever be alone with our own thoughts.
 
2017-07-17 01:55:35 PM  
Don't you have FI fuses/thingies installed in the circuit that runs through the bath? Isn't that a standart in developed nations? (you may call it RCD)
 
2017-07-17 01:55:35 PM  
Memo to the dumb and idiotic:  A plugged-in smartphone is no different than a hair dryer.  DO NOT FARKING TAKE THEM INTO A BATH.

Thank you.
 
2017-07-17 01:55:49 PM  
Why didn't the circuit breaker trip? It sounds like there was some faulty wiring in that house.
 
2017-07-17 01:55:52 PM  
Damn, if someone did a PSA scripted like this, I'd call it lazy writing for heavy-handed and unlikely foreshadowing.
 
2017-07-17 01:55:54 PM  
This is why you use GFCI outlets, kids.
 
2017-07-17 01:55:54 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


daaamn
 
2017-07-17 01:55:56 PM  

PirateKing: Every day it gets more and more difficult to have any sympathy for people.


She was 14.  Did you really think about consequences that much at that age?  I have a masters degree and a job in IT and am 41 years old and to this day I do things around the house that should result in my death.
 
2017-07-17 01:56:34 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


I just love you.
 
2017-07-17 01:57:10 PM  
I would snark, but:

The girl's stepmother, who is a nurse, and father, a firefighter and EMT, carried out CPR until paramedics arrived.

"There was so much water in her little lungs and it all seemed so unreal," her father said
.

Gut punch.
 
2017-07-17 01:57:17 PM  

Mr.Man: She was only 14!  Yes it was stupid but do we really have to gloat and enjoy her death?


Sigh...on the one hand you're right, we shouldn't gloat over this.  It was a tragic and unfortunate.

OTOH:  WTF ARE WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?!  Are we getting dumber as a society (rhetorical)?
 
2017-07-17 01:57:44 PM  

Mr.Man: She was only 14!  Yes it was stupid but do we really have to gloat and enjoy her death?


Nah. It's important that the parents told the world that she died because of an extension cord, rather than her phone.

I wondered last night about how big a battery that phone must have had fully charged. This makes a lot more sense. It was probably very quick.
 
2017-07-17 01:58:26 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


And there it is, the worst/funniest thing I'm likely to read all day.
 
2017-07-17 01:58:30 PM  
"(Coe's parents) hope this will raise awareness of the dangers that combination of electricity, water.."

If grasping this concept is past you, go ahead. Plug away.
 
2017-07-17 01:58:59 PM  
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2017-07-17 01:59:19 PM  
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2017-07-17 01:59:34 PM  
The teen often took her cell phone into the bathroom to play games or listen to music as she soaked in the tub, her family said,

That in itself is not stupid..in worst case you have a broken phone.. it's the plugged in part which made her a contender for the Darwin award.
 
2017-07-17 01:59:47 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


God dammit. You hilarious bastard.
 
2017-07-17 02:00:36 PM  
Rather than electrocution like we think of an electric chair, it might have been more of a case of just enough current that she tensed up and couldn't let go. The article mentioned she had a lot of water in the lungs, wonder if she just couldn't move and sank into the water. The examiner put it down as electrocution. Something still doesn't feel right about this though.

Also FTA: "The girl's stepmother, who is a nurse, and father, a firefighter and EMT..." - and they let her do this repeatedly???
 
2017-07-17 02:01:13 PM  

lucksi: Don't you have FI fuses/thingies installed in the circuit that runs through the bath? Isn't that a standart in developed nations? (you may call it RCD)


Sometimes. For example my bathroom has one on the outlet by the sink but not the outlets on the other wall. I think the theory is that you might use something electrical standing over a wet sink but nobody would be stupid enough to plug something in while in the bathtub.
 
2017-07-17 02:01:46 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: The teen often took her cell phone into the bathroom to play games or listen to music as she soaked in the tub, her family said,

That in itself is not stupid..in worst case you have a broken phone.. it's the plugged in part which made her a contender for the Darwin award.


A lot of phones are IP67 or IP68 rated, so they'll survive a dip in the tub with no problem.

The plugged in part is still stupid, though.
 
2017-07-17 02:02:14 PM  

Rwa2play: Memo to the dumb and idiotic:  A plugged-in smartphone is no different than a hair dryer.  DO NOT FARKING TAKE THEM INTO A BATH.

Thank you.


There actually is a significant difference between the two: a hair dryer is directly attached to 120V 15A AC line voltage. The smartphone will be connected to a 5V ~2A DC charger. The danger levels are nowhere close.

In this case, it was because she had a faulty extension cord (w/ 120V 15A AC) lying on the floor next to the tub. Had she plugged the charger directly into the wall, and used a long USB cable, she probably would've been fine. Still inadvisable though.
 
2017-07-17 02:02:24 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: GFI plug much?


I actually thought this was a Federal law in both CA and the US>

Apparently it isn't in New Mexico or the bathroom power mains were illegal for bathroom use.

The outlets in water areas (kitchen, bathrooms) and the breakers that power those outlets are GFI in my home and all breakers for sleeping areas are Arc-Fault protected.

Maybe we just have stricter safety laws in Virginia?
 
2017-07-17 02:02:56 PM  

mcsiegs: PirateKing: Every day it gets more and more difficult to have any sympathy for people.

She was 14.  Did you really think about consequences that much at that age?  I have a masters degree and a job in IT and am 41 years old and to this day I do things around the house that should result in my death.


I do incredibly stupid things with knives. That's after working in a kitchen and childhood.

The one thing I will say in my defense is that I have recognized that if I am going to do stupid things with knives, there are some knives I refuse to do stupid things with. I have a bird's beak paring knife I'll never use because the thing is thin and wicked sharp. I have santoku knife that when I use it and I'm finished with it, I stop what I'm doing, wash the knife, put it in its scabbard and put it away. Then I go back to prepping the rest of the meal.

There's stupid. And then there's just taunting the Gods of Stupid.
 
2017-07-17 02:04:31 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


.....aaaand that'll do it guys. Someone get the lights, we're done here.
 
2017-07-17 02:04:45 PM  
no gfi and a frayed extension cord nice job, dad.
 
2017-07-17 02:07:09 PM  

Rwa2play: Memo to the dumb and idiotic:  A plugged-in smartphone is no different than a hair dryer.  DO NOT FARKING TAKE THEM INTO A BATH.

Thank you.


Except it wasn't the phone or the charger that killed the kid.  They are very different from a hair dryer.  It was the extension cord that brought 120V and a ton of amps into the picture.
 
2017-07-17 02:07:21 PM  

Headso: no gfi and a frayed extension cord nice job, dad.


Two good points. Dad sucks.

/this is New Mexico...building codes? what are those? a source of side income for the building inspector?
 
2017-07-17 02:07:31 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


Annnnd.... then you can go on the circuit and talk about this.
 
2017-07-17 02:07:49 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Why didn't the circuit breaker trip? It sounds like there was some faulty wiring in that house.


Their house must have been built before Code required Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) for locations where water may be present.  Even so, it's an easy upgrade (IF the house isn't so old that it doesn't even have grounds present at the outlets).  This case demonstrates that even if it *isn't* an easy upgrade, it's well worth it.
 
2017-07-17 02:07:54 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


are you positive?
 
2017-07-17 02:08:30 PM  

mcsiegs: PirateKing: Every day it gets more and more difficult to have any sympathy for people.

She was 14.  Did you really think about consequences that much at that age?  I have a masters degree and a job in IT and am 41 years old and to this day I do things around the house that should result in my death.


Yes. I won't deny being stupid as a kid, but I understood consequences and basic environmental hazards.

The rules about electricity and water should not be a farking surprise to a 14 year old.

"I'm only going to put half my face on the stove burner, that way it will be half as hot!"
 
2017-07-17 02:08:38 PM  
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Smart AND funny - back to back. Thanks internet!
 
2017-07-17 02:08:51 PM  
First of all, didn't this happen last week, and we already commented on it?

Anyway...

I think that the main reason we've never heard of this happening before, is that generally speaking, people are afraid to bring their phone around the tub anyway.  You might drop it in.  Why anyone would figure that it's a good idea to play with your phone in the tub at all doesn't make a lot of sense.

Then when you throw in the whole, "Ohhh, my battery is dead, lemme just plug it in..."  That's a whole new level of stupid.

However, isn't there a GFCI on that outlet.  You know, they ones mandated be near anything that contains water.  Usually, every single outlet in the bathroom.

So, for this story to be true, we have to assume that this person needed to use their phone in the tub, AND plug it in, AND run an extension cord from somewhere that didn't have a GFCI.

I'm not saying it's a false story.  But it's not very believable.
 
2017-07-17 02:08:53 PM  

chewd: oblig
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That looks like a picture they would show at a Coroner's Inquest to explain how 3 teenagers were all electrocuted in a pool.
 
2017-07-17 02:08:58 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


Damn you...

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/Well done
 
2017-07-17 02:08:59 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Boy if I were her dad I'd ground her.


Will that be an aisle seat, or window?

/Just jealous that I'll be back in coach while you're enjoying first class on the trip down there...
 
2017-07-17 02:09:11 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Why didn't the circuit breaker trip? It sounds like there was some faulty wiring in that house.


When I bought a new electric stove some years ago, I went looking for the fuses; I was used to Canadian stoves having fuses, the old fashioned screw-in kind. No fuses to be found. Asked about it. Answer? Oh, they took that out of the Canadian electrical code as part of the negotiations for NAFTA.

The interesting part? Fuses are much superior to circuit breakers in this use because they are faster. Circuit breakers are slow enough to allow a short in a stove to cause significant smoke damage.

I imagine the same thing is true wrt inattentive fourteen year olds having their phone plugged in while bathing except that the downside is death, not smoke damage.
 
2017-07-17 02:09:29 PM  
The kids at school will miss her electrifying personality. She was a real spark-plug.
 
2017-07-17 02:09:29 PM  

Mr.Man: She was only 14!  Yes it was stupid but do we really have to gloat and enjoy her death?


yes.

http://www.madmagazine.com/tags/snappy-answers-to-stupid-questions
 
2017-07-17 02:09:41 PM  

Court Dude: Tr0mBoNe: GFI plug much?

I actually thought this was a Federal law in both CA and the US>

Apparently it isn't in New Mexico or the bathroom power mains were illegal for bathroom use.

The outlets in water areas (kitchen, bathrooms) and the breakers that power those outlets are GFI in my home and all breakers for sleeping areas are Arc-Fault protected.

Maybe we just have stricter safety laws in Virginia?


Pretty normal safety laws if you ask me. I have GFI on all exterior plugs, the kitchen and bathrooms.

I'm installing a Koi pond and you better believe the power plug by there is GFI.
 
2017-07-17 02:09:58 PM  
She immediately sent a follow up text correcting her use of "and" to "an" because she didn't want the person she was texting to think she was dumb. I can't get that out of my mind...
 
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