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Two die trying to rescue cellphone from an open-pit toilet in China

Posted: , by Alan F.

Two die trying to rescue cellphone from an open-pit toilet in China
This seems like one of those stories that is impossible to believe. But according to the South China Morning Post, a woman in Xinxiang city, Henan, China, was answering nature's call using an open-pit toilet, when her brand new phone fell in. The device cost 2,000 yuan ($320 USD), which meant that it wasn't going to be lost in the sewage without a fight.

First, the woman's husband jumped into the cesspool in an effort to save the phone, but he was overcome by fumes and lost consciousness. Next, the husband's mom jumped in and she too passed out from the stench. The woman whose phone fell in the open-pit toilet was next, and she suffered the same fate. The father-in-law called two neighbors who both fainted inside the cesspool.

Finally a rope was discovered and six people were pulled out of the pit. The husband and the mother-in-law perished. The woman and a neighbor remain in intensive care.

According to a doctor, the two that died were suffocated. The victims were in the pit, filled with waste up to their knees, for five minutes. According to witnesses, both of the deceased had a pulse when rescued from the cesspool, but it took an hour for an ambulance to arrive. The moral of the story? Hold on to your phone as tightly as possible.

The pit where two people died trying to rescue a new cellphone that fell into it

The pit where two people died trying to rescue a new cellphone that fell into it


source: SouthChinaMorningPost via CNET

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posted on 09 Jun 2014, 00:51 2

1. Blazers (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


That's another "what were they thinking" moment, just like the Canadian/American couple that were visiting war torn Afghanistan for "vacation".

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 02:48 3

14. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


I would like to say sh*t happens but it's actually not funny.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 08:15 1

24. mrblah (Posts: 549; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


ya, not funny, but you said anyway. too bad it wasn't your sh*tty family.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 23:22 1

27. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


I mean, what is an open pit loo? That looks like doing number two in public.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 00:52 9

2. rocko0011 (Posts: 34; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Over a phone? Never!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 01:05 4

5. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Is a cellphone more valuable than a life? Disgrace......... Absolutely disgusting........ I don't care which country this.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:39 3

18. dsDoan (Posts: 223; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


This wasn't exactly a death-defying action. I'm surprised deaths occurred.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 23:21 1

26. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


I don't normally upvote your comments but I totally agree on this one. Whatever the country, a phone isn't worth swimming in poo for, let alone dying for it.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 00:55 4

3. AfterShock (Posts: 2956; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


What a tragedy on so many levels.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 01:00 5

4. skyline88 (Posts: 347; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


China, where nothing is impossible.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 01:10 1

6. imparanoic (Posts: 69; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


have you seen a china typical toilet, it's just a hole, anything can drop in there

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 05:01 2

19. RandomUsername (Posts: 552; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I think this is a case for the World Toilet Association!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 01:33

7. shahrooz (Posts: 203; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


We have a saying in my country: An insane(stupid) person throws a rock in a well, a hundred sane people can't get it out...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 01:34 11

8. promise7 (Posts: 476; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I hope this doesn't come off as insulting, but I think the reason they tried so hard to recover the phone is maybe it was a low wage type of situation. Yes, it's just a phone, but maybe for them that cost was a lot and they didn't want to lose it without a fight not knowing how powerful the fumes would be that it would make them pass out.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 02:40 6

11. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 398; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


How was that insulting....you moron

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 05:16 7

21. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


he's being polite you're insulting stfu !

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 01:44 4

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 1527; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


It might have taken me lots of sacrifices to get me an m8. But I would never choose to risk my life over it. Come on people, phones are non living things and you shouldn't risk as going as far as that to save your precious item. Condolences for the two members of the family that just passed away.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 02:30 2

10. eggimage (Posts: 68; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


to those mocking and judging, first, be thankful that you're wealthy and educated enough to not have to even consider risking your life over something that's only worth a few hundred bucks, and then, shut the hell up. this isn't funny. the family is suffering a great loss, and it's not even clear whether they'll be able to afford such medical expenses (possibly not)

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 02:42 2

12. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 398; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I wouldn't jump into a hole filled with sht for a brief case filled with a million bucks...

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 05:03

20. RandomUsername (Posts: 552; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


They can afford a smartphone but not a proper toilet???

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 02:42

13. jerrycutshaw (Posts: 28; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


I agree with another poster. This $320 to us was probably worth multiple thousands of dollars to them due to the depressed wages in China. That said if I heard my $2000 (wage adjusted) phone go kerplunk in a porta potty there is NO WAY I could ever hold it up to my head again!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:03 1

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Stupid people.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:04

16. MarioG (Posts: 21; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


DRAMA!

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 03:06

17. Awalker (Posts: 560; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


This story is from a couple of days ago:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2649743/Hello-Im-toilet-Chinese-man-gets-arm-stuck-loo-six-hours-dropping-smartphone.html

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 05:49 1

22. xondk (Posts: 175; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


to be fair, while this happened over a phone, there are incidents all over the world where farmers have forgotten to air out waste tanks on farms and climbed into them, its very easy to forget that there is practically no oxygen in those things the moment there is any waste in them, no oxygen, no breathing, no living human.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 06:31

23. iMemo (Posts: 103; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


They probably didn't know how dangerous the sh!t was.

posted on 09 Jun 2014, 13:08

25. techloverNYC (Posts: 422; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


1 question is will the phone function when it is recover from the sh*t? Like Im pretty sure with all that sh*t drowning the phone, it will not work even if they manage to find it. Even if you manage to recover it, how will you clean it (piece by pieces?). Im chinese myself and I know times are tough in those villages, but this is pointless. Don't wanna sound cold but regardless the phones broken.

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