We Can Blame Fifty Shades Of Grey For The Rise In Handcuff-Related Injuries

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 29, 2013

Further fodder for my irrational dislike of Fifty Shades of Grey: since its release, London firefighters suspect the erotic series is to blame for the increase in handcuff-related emergencies. Since 2010, the London Fire Brigade have come to the aid of 79 people trapped in handcuffs and one man with his penis stuck in the toaster (not related to Fifty Shades of Grey, but I thought you’d find it interesting nonetheless).

“I don’t know whether it’s the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up,” said one of the officers.

The brigade is hoping that these stats will encourage people to exercise caution and use more common sense when playing with handcuffs (or toasting their penises). Maybe the Fifty Shades trilogy needs a disclaimer: Don’t try S&M at home unless you possess common sense. [AP[Photo from Shutterstock]