Distracted by their phone: woman falls off a pier, girl stuck in a trash chute

Distracted by their phone: woman falls off a pier, girl stuck in a trash chute
If having a smartphone is that much of a distraction for you, you might be better off without one. This definitely applies for the two women that made it to the headlines by falling off a pier and getting stuck in a trash chute.

First comes Michigan’s Bonnie Miller who took an accidental plunge into the waters off a pier after being so distracted texting and walking she wasn’t well aware where she was going to. She was taking a walk with her husband and sone when she remembered she’d set an appointment wrong and strayed to text someone about the error. She typed her third word as she stumbled and fell off the pier. Her husband jumped in to help and her son stayed by the side of the pier helping out as well until the Coast Guard and firefighters came to rescue her.

Miller said she was embarassed, but wanted to warn other people. Sadly, the rescuers couldn’t save her phone, but that might be more of a good thing.

Another comically funny story happening recently includes a teenager who accidentally threw away her phone. She then jumped into the trash chute to get it back and... got stuck in it. A 19-year-old girl from Atlanta, Georgia dropped her phone in a food bag and then threw it away. Later on she realized her phone was missing and dove in the trash to retrieve, only to get stuck. Her friends had to call police and fire fighters got her safely out of there.

"I've heard of people getting stuck while cleaning the chutes, but taking a swan dive, like in the movies, that's pretty rare," Georgia policeman Tim Fecht said.

So there you have it, your embarassing tech distraction moments of the week. And if this could happen to people just walking around, imagine how much worse things would have gotten if the same distraction happens when you’re driving. Applying extra caution wouldn’t hurt and it’d definitely save you the embarrassment. 



1. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

the sony ericsson xperia active survived the water drop while the owner died.

2. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I see this too often where people are walking and texting and almost walk into people. Annoying when someone almost bumps me until I pretty much yell at them to watch where there going and to stop texting and walking! Obviously it can be dangerous.

3. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012


4. tomn1ce

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

I've seen plenty of people attempting to cross the street while texting or on a call without looking to either sides to make sure that they can cross. The funny thing is you hunk your horn at them and they get a fit like its your fault that they are so stupid to be on a phone and forget that they are in the middle of the street when they are not supposed to.

5. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

I'd jump into a trash chute to retrieve a $500+ phone. It would be like throwing away a good watch or jewelry, or your laptop.

8. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Can't you just go down to the garbage where it will end up in and get it instead of jumping in a chute?

17. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

greyhulk is the next 19 year old girl to get caught in the trash

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

nearly died once because of my xperia arc


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iBet they were both using iPhones which made a baaa-haaa-aaaaa- aaaaad situation worse. If they had been using Android, Google Location services would have warned them of the iMpending danger.

9. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Was waiting for the first person to point out which phone they were using without actually knowing.

24. NOKIA.8800.ARTE

Posts: 100; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

that was really funny!!!!!

10. savien808

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

when i was in middle school, i walked solidly into a pole cause i was texting....i broke my phone too

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i sh!t you not, my local news wgn 9, reported "woman takes long walk off of short pier" OMGROFLMAO also did you guys hear about the chef with oral cancer?

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

what a dumb idiot. people really need to get off their phone.

13. GeckoHA559

Posts: 47; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Some people think the world revolves around them, when you sound the horn they look up towards you turning away from their phone in the middle of the road and gesture with their arms or say 'what' followed by abuse.

14. wizzardtech

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

this women are lucky compared to what happened last year here in toronto that was hit by a truck and died because of texting while crossing the street. not at all times that the driver are focus on whats in front of them. so pls be aware of your sorroundings.

22. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

We call this "Darwinism". Cell phones have greatly expediated the process.

15. warriorbeats

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

This is funny!

16. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

lol thats why there are times i prefer crappy phones

18. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Today i was walking and tweeting & i fell up the stairs at school, missing a step. i feel her pain.

19. hornetmx

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

That lady is probably gonna sue because she fell off the pier and there "should" have been some sort of fence to prevent it. Wouldnt surprise me one bit. That only applied here in the US

20. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

soon we will see a new law banning people from texting whilst walking... smh...

23. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Idaho already has this law. Sad, but true. It's easier to pass blanket laws and take the rights away from everyone than to actually deal with the people who can't handle the responsibility. http://money.msn.com/auto-insurance/article.aspx?post=a8b7daf9-5e31-4cd1-a9c7-ca3979b7abc2

21. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Both women, hmmmmmm.....who wants to bet they were using "itouches"? On a serious note, why the hell did the coast gaurd/fire department need to get involved? If I were in charge I would have left them there to rot with a giant golden sign proclaiming "Here lies a f***ing idiot. Died of texting." Our tax dollars at work, folks.

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