UK handcuff users getting stuck à la 'Fifty Shades'

Hundreds of Britons stuck in handcuffs and other items, perhaps because of the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' effect, have required help from London firefighters.

The erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" may be key to why hundreds of Britons need London firefighters to free them from handcuffs and other, um, things.

LONDON — London firefighters say they have freed hundreds of people with body parts trapped in household objects in the past three years, including 18 children with heads stuck in potties or toilet seats and 79 people trapped in handcuffs.

The London Fire Brigade speculated that the popularity of erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" may account for a rise in handcuffs incidents.

Third Officer Dave Brown said, "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."

Related: Now at the mall: 'Fifty Shades' merchandise

Firefighters treated almost 500 people with rings stuck on their fingers, and nine with rings stuck on their penises.

The brigade Monday advised people to exercise common sense — and always to keep the keys nearby when using handcuffs.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' blamed for handcuff emergencies

'Fifty Shades of Grey' blamed for handcuff emergencies
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