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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C
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Woman in South Korea attacked by robot vacuum cleaner that ate her hair
The little robot thought it was doing its job and the woman escaped serious injury.

IF YOU THINK waking up on a Monday morning is painful, you will certainly feel for the poor South Korean woman who was woken up by her robot vacuum cleaner which had eaten her hair.

The 52-year-old was woken by the pain in her head and realised the little robot had sucked up her hair while she slept on the floor. She called the fire department for help and paramedics eventually freed her, The Telegraph reports.

The Guardian said she escaped serious injury, though she did lose a few strands of hair.

These small robot cleaners have gained popularity in recent years. In theory, they are supposed to detect dust and suck it up, with sensors to help them avoid walks, tables and, er, people. This woman’s hair was obviously the exception.

Korean Biz Wire has pointed out that people in countries such as Japan and South Korea, where many people sit or sleep on the floor, could be more at risk of injuries from these sometimes fiendish little robots.

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