As time passes, humans have come up with all sorts of inventions to make life more convenient. We’ve come so far and simplified so many things. But what happens when something that’s supposed to be fast and convenient ends up making things worse and becomes time consuming? That’s exactly what happened to one poor family and a “poopy” Roomba mishap.
Jesse Newton from Little Rock, Arizona, posted to Facebook in August about the horrible situation involving his Roomba and their dog. In the middle of the night, when the Roomba was set to vacuum the house, it somehow managed to run over dog poop and then proceeded to drag it throughout the house.
“If the unthinkable does happen, and your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle…” wrote Newton who wasn’t so lucky. Roomba’s are designed to vacuum the floors and get into every nook and cranny, and that’s exactly what it did except this time it was smearing a trail of stinky stuff all over the house.
While it may be convenient to run the Roomba at night when everyone is sleeping and out of the way, Newton wasn’t lucky enough to catch the accident. “And so begins the Pooptastrophe. The poohpocalypse. The pooppening,” Newton wrote as he explained the long cleanup process.
Newton explained that it took him a little while to share the ordeal as he was processing what had happened and couldn’t find the words. “The Horror. Oh the horror,” describes Newton, that his 4-year-old crawled into his bed at 3 a.m. and he wondered why he was smelling like dog poop. When Newton went to the living room, he found the “brown encrusted, vaguely roomba shaped thing”.
Next came the extensive cleaning process. First Newton had to clean his child and put them to back to bed. Rather than cleaning up and going back to bed himself, Newton decided to stay up and tackle the “warzone of poop in the living room”. He scrubbed, wiped, mopped, bleached, and said a lot of profanity as he attempted to clean the already drying poop. He desperately tried to save the rug that his wife loved and used a ton of carpet shampoo to no avail as the carpet ended up in the trash.
The next morning, Newton tackled cleaning the actual Roomba which the family loved. He threw it in the bath regrettably, with batteries still inside, but decided to try reviving it anyways. After screwing the entire thing apart and scrubbing down its mother board with a toothbrush, there was no hope. After contemplating how he was going to replace this expensive piece of equipment, he decided to call the store where he got it and they offered to replace it. Since posting the ordeal on Facebook, Newton has been reached by other companies such as Merry Maids and Clorox. Overall, it was a pretty unfortunate ordeal, but the Newtons are grateful to Hammacher Schlemmer for their generous responses. You can read about the mess on Facebook.