Based on an advocacy group’s “10 Most Dangerous Toys” list, an Arkansas man became convinced that a Dora the Explorer lamp sold at Walmart posed an imminent electrical shock threat to any children for whom which it was bought, so he conducted his own personal recall…
Though sold in the toy section, the lamp comes with the warning, “THIS IS AN ELECTRIC LAMP – NOT A TOY! TO AVOID RISK OF FIRE, BURNS, PERSONAL INJURY AND ELECTRIC SHOCK, IT SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED WITH OR PLACED WHERE SMALL CHILDREN CAN REACH IT.”
First he warned shoppers away from buying it. Then he confronted the manager and urged him to take it off the shelves. Failing that, he bought the floor model, then the next one when they brought out another from the back. Seeing they were just going to keep bringing them out, he took the next lamp outside and smashed it. He was arrested for shoplifting. Welcome to the zeitgeist. People are so fed up with unsafe products for kids that they’re being driven to acts of man-on-toy violence.
“>A Wal-Mart Christmas Toy Story: Shopper Jailed For Removing Dangerous Baby Toy [Huffington Post] (Thanks to Mike!)