Mobile devices, no matter how useful they are all have flaws. Just like how humans can never be perfect, that is also the case with technology. One of the most notable imperfections of mobile devices is its tendency to explode or to malfunction due to overcharging. Although there were many recorded cases of people being victims of malfunctioning devices, it seems as though, we never learn.
A chef who liked to stay up late watching football on his phone is believed to have died after being electrocuted by the handset.
Somchai Singkhorn, 40, was last seen on Tuesday night laying on his mattress with a can of beer, watching TV on his phone with his headphones plugged in.
According to Daily Mail, Somchai, who worked as a restaurant cook, was found dead the next morning in his room in Samut Prakan, with burn marks on his arm and neck where they had touched the cable. The phone was plugged into the mains and the earphones were resting across Somchai’s arm, face, and neck.
Stunned roommate Saeng, 28, from neighboring Laos, called his boss to report that his friend was sick. It wasn’t until later that he discovered Somchai was actually dead.
Saeng said that it was normal to see Somchai listen to music or watching football on his phone before he went to bed. He said: “He always stays up late concentrating on his phone before he sleeps. Last night when I last saw him alive he was doing that, the same as other nights. He was watching football.”
The Laotian roommate said that he tried to wake him up in the morning but he did not respond. He called their boss to help assess what had happened.
Saeng said: “I went to wake him up but he was not moving, so I [was] worried that he might be ill. I contacted our employer but when he came to check, he told me that Somchai was dead.”
The police arrived to investigate and they found cans of beer and Coca Cola at the deceased’s feet. The body has been taken for an autopsy where the cause of death is being investigated.
Police Colonel Warawach Thammasarot said: “From the initial checks, we suspected that he was electrocuted but we need to check everything and wait for his postmortem examination results before we confirm the exact cause of death.”
Although nothing has been confirmed yet, may Somchai’s unfortunate death be a lesson to everyone to always set limits when it comes to the use of their mobile devices. It is always better to take extra caution than to regret it when it’s all too late.