- Bernie Sanders calls Bloomberg’s wealth ‘grotesque’ to his face Wednesday 9:53 PM
- Angry Bloomberg asks debate moderators if he’s ‘chicken liver’ Wednesday 9:29 PM
- Elizabeth Warren savages everyone else’s healthcare plan Wednesday 9:07 PM
- K-Pop stans help push ‘Pooping for Kaitlin’ hashtag mocking Kent State gun girl Wednesday 8:54 PM
- Fans speculate after learning Pop Smoke posted address prior to fatal home invasion Wednesday 8:11 PM
- Jar of human tongues found in Florida has people shook Wednesday 6:39 PM
- Video of Blueface teaching Obama lookalike to dance is turning heads Wednesday 5:58 PM
- ‘No one has the range’ for this meme Wednesday 5:21 PM
- Mom confronts man who followed daughter through grocery store in viral video Wednesday 5:05 PM
- Major study linking vaping to heart attacks gets retracted Wednesday 4:36 PM
- George Zimmerman is suing Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren Wednesday 2:55 PM
- Netflix’s ‘Horse Girl’ accused of ripping off 2017 indie film Wednesday 2:52 PM
- The Genyus Network is a safe social space for stroke survivors Wednesday 2:20 PM
- MAGA hat-wearing dog finishes last in ‘Today Show’ fan vote—still named winner Wednesday 2:03 PM
- Reddit users share stories of the worst things guests have done in their homes Wednesday 1:25 PM
Mom says this glittery iPhone case gave her daughter horrific burns and a permanent scar
Don’t let the unicorns and rainbows fool you.
The next time you decide to buy a cutesy smartphone case with a fancy, glittery liquid floating around in it like a lava lamp or snow globe, imagine this: that colorful ooze could potentially scar your skin and leave you with damage burns.
Nine year old Olivia Retter had no idea her new unicorn-and-rainbow case for her iPhone 5c had the potential to leave a permanent and unsightly mark on her body when she and her mother, Karly Retter, bought it from New Look—a store in Cambridge, U.K.—for $9.
In a Facebook post that reportedly went viral but has since been deleted, Karly Retter explained that her daughter isn’t allowed access to her phone during bed time, but she snuck it into her bedroom anyway, eventually falling asleep on top of it. She woke up in the middle of the night complaining of leg pain, but her mom sent her back to bed.
“Then in the morning I saw this awful burn on her leg – I was so shocked a phone case could do that. Doctors have said it is a severe chemical burn and she will be scarred for life. I can’t believe it – she will have a scar in the shape of a phone on her leg,” her original post allegedly stated.
The offending case showed no visible cracks where the toxic liquid could have escaped from, so the mother of three did her due diligence and contacted New Look’s customer service to report the incident. The company released a statement confirming the removal of the case from all their shelves.
Smartphones in general often have a habit of getting nice and toasty when they’re kept in tight quarters, and when you combine that heat with a glittery gel in a plastic case, it’s easy to see how trouble could arise.
A word of warning to phone case aficionados: opt for a more functional design; if you must prioritize aesthetics, rule out products that contain substances that may leave you with a permanent iPhone-shaped tattoo.
H/T Telegraph | Photo via Rebecca Phone Bags & Cases/AliExpress | Remix by Jason Reed
Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.