Don't Do That: Girl Sleeps With Samsung Galaxy S4 Under Pillow, It Catches Fire

July 30, 2014


Not gonna lie, I did think those were shit stains at first.

13-year old Ariel Tolfree of Texas says her Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone allegedly "slipped under her pillow" while she was falling asleep one night and she woke up to it on fire. And that's why you never sleep with a phone under your pillow. Jesus, it's not a tooth. The phone ferry isn't going to come bring you a Galaxy S5 just because you put a 4 under your pillow. Right? They won't do that right? I'm only asking because I have an iPhone 2.

A spokesperson for Samsung says their products are safe, and pointed out that the battery inside the phone was a replacement unit and not an original Samsung part.

Nevertheless, the company does agree there is a need for consumer education when it comes to rechargeable batteries. That's exactly why they post a warning in their user guide, which specifically states covering one of their devices with bedding or other material could restrict airflow and cause a fire.

Tolfree and her dad, though, didn't read that warning.

"If anything, they should put a big warning on it, like a cigarette label, if that's the case," said Thomas.

In the meantime, the phone, the bedding, the mattress and pillow will all be replaced by Samsung.

Right, they should put a big warning on it like a cigarette label. Good call, dad! Or maybe just don't sleep with your cell phone in the bed. That's like forgetting a friend in the trunk of your car on the hottest day of the summer -- they're not going to survive. It wasn't even an original Samsung battery, I can't believe the company agreed to replace her phone and bedding. I only hope they sent her a twin sized sheet set for a queen sized bed.

Keep going for a video news report.

Thanks to PYY, who agrees the only things a person over the age of seven should be sleeping with under their pillow are snacks, weapons and sex toys.

  • jaime_arg

    Her last name is Tolfree? She's going to get teased so hard when her friends reach sexual maturity. With a name like that she's destined to become the class slut.

  • archer923

    Shouldn't the phone auto shut down? That's what my iPod touch did when it got too hot. I had it in my pocket and left the video recorder on. I was unable to use it till it cooled off.

  • aint seen nothin yet

    " The phone ferry isn't"
    fairy, GW, f-a-i-r-y...

  • Ed Hopkins

    How is being covered in bedding appreciably different from say, being in the pocket of a pair of pants? My wife keeps a phone in her purse, is that restricting the airflow too? Companies shouldn't sell things until they're finished inventing them.

  • pukoh

    well ain't she lucky the phone didn't blow up while it was in her vajayjay while calling herself on the landline.

  • radamhadameal

    This is like the 7th time I've heard about this recently. WHY DO PEOPLE KEEP BUYING SAMSUNG? Literally get anything else. Nokia, HTC, LG, Moto-fuckin-rola. How many of those have you heard exploded lately?

  • roehlstation

    Samsung has a stance that is valid, the battery is not an authorized part from them. And you should totally sell that iPhone2, it is incredibly rare, in fact, how did you get it?

  • Forblat

    The Phone Ferry capsized in the Geekologie Sea today...

  • NitaDiamond

    IN USA a lot of people buy this best machine
    Samsung Galaxy K / S5 Zoom SM-C111 Unlocked GSM Quad-Core Camera

  • Hiddnfox

    That's what happens when you have your vibrator app turned to 'HIGH' for an extended period while having it under the pillow you are humping.........

  • Bling Nye


  • Ollie Williams

    The dad's statement is an obvious grab for a future lawsuit. I'm not saying we should start killing stupid people, but let's start taking warning labels OFF things to weed them out a little bit. We as a society, and especially in the U.S., constantly pander to the lowest intelligence, and it needs to stop. It's not the job of a company to post a fairly obvious warning that has existed since the dawn of cellphones on the front cover. It's your job, as the consumer, to read the guide and have some common knowledge.

  • Bling Nye

    First step, is to remove all the lawyers, since they're the ones that bring the lawsuits on behalf of the idiots. If it weren't for the lawyers and the lawsuits, there would be no warning labels.

  • zin

    Let's remove the law while we're at it!
    Seriously, we're long overdue for some anarchy & the longer we avoid it the harder it will be to make change.

  • You'd be surprised how many people fall asleep with their cell phones under the bed; sometimes I do that myself, while listening to some ASMR videos on Youtube while wearing earplugs.

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