Thursday, July 10, 2008

Misuse & Innovation: Woman kills husband with folding couch

There is a long history of product innovation springing from consumer misuse. The latest example comes from St. Petersburg:

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - A Russian woman in St Petersburg killed her drunk husband with a folding couch, Russian media reported on Wednesday.

St Petersburg's Channel Five said the man's wife, upset with her husband for being drunk and refusing to get up, kicked a handle after an argument, activating a mechanism that folds the couch up against a wall.

The couch, which doubles as a bed, folds up automatically in order to save space. The man fell between the mattress and the back of the couch, Channel Five quoted emergency workers as saying.

The woman then walked out of the room and returned three hours later to check on what she thought was an unusually quiet sleeping husband.

Police refused to comment.

Via Reuters: Woman kills husband with folding couch

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1 comment:

Kathleen said...

There are at least two directions of innovations I can see coming out of this...