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December 26, 2005

'U.S. woman swallows phone in spat'


What I like about the BBC's story about the remarkable events that transpired early last Friday morning in Blue Springs, Missouri, is the identification of the swallower as a "U.S. woman."

As if no one but an American woman would do such a thing.

That's not true – is it?

Anyway, the caller — most likely the woman's boyfriend, with whom she was arguing — at 4:52 a.m. said that there was a non–breathing person, prompting the police to come to the house in the 3000 block of Southwest U.S. 40.

Detective Sgt. Steve Decker of the Blue Springs Police Department told the Associated Press, "He wanted the phone and she wouldn't give it to him, so she attempted to swallow it. She just put the entire phone in her mouth so he couldn't get it."

And he didn't: Sgt. Decker said the woman still had the telephone in her throat when the ambulance carrying her arrived at the emergency room of St. Mary's Hospital in Blue Springs.

Sgt. Decker added, "This is the first I've heard of this happening. I don't know what kind of phone it was. I don't know if it was on ring or vibrate, either."

I suspect not a whole lot happens in Blue Springs, population 49,467, at 4:52 a.m.


The make and model of the phone were not specified in any of the many accounts of the event in media worldwide.

If I'm working for a cellphone company I'm already looking into the identity of that phone because if it's my company's, well, heck, there's a guerilla marketing campaign just waiting to be jump–started.

Sure hope it wasn't a RAZR, for the woman's sake.

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