An article in Better Homes and Garden in the November Holiday issue tells of the ordeal of Harold Hooper, who, when, while taking a shower, was viciously attacked by his automatic shower cleaner which went berserk and almost drowned him.
It was just a little cleaning unit hanging there that I bought at Walmart. I saw them doing a demonstration a few weeks ago and it seemed to work alright there, but today, I hung it up in the shower, got undressed and got in the shower, and all of a sudden it went berserk. Water and soap were gushing out of the unit, and instead of oscillating back and forth, it aimed all of that suds right at me. I was frightened beyond words. I would move to the left and it would follow my movements," Harold stated, "It followed me everywhere."
He said it finally wore him down and the pressure from the little unit gradually caused him to slid down to the bottom of the unit, and the constant stream of soap and water caused the shower to fill up.
"It wouldn't stop, it was aiming right at my face with a stream that seemed as strong as from a fire hose. I could not believe how much liquid was coming out of that little unit," he commented.
The article stated that both the Police and the Fire Department were summoned, and it took four firemen to finally subdue the little shower cleaner.
"The little thing put up one heck of a fight," fireman Seth Portman stated, "I would hate to go through that again."