By Shawn Rice
A report that a woman was hospitalized with burns after photocopying her breasts in Bishan, Singapore, is fake news. Rather, a questionable new web site published the fabricated story that lacked proper sourcing. Where did this fake news originate?
The Telegraph Sun reported on May 22, 2017, that a Singaporean woman was hospitalized with burns after photocopying her breasts in a prank. You can read text from that story below.
A 25-year-old Singaporean woman is recovering in hospital after an attempted prank involving a photocopier backfired painfully for her yesterday afternoon.
According to local media reports, the woman was dared by her friends to strip naked and run inside a convenience store in Bishan. Once inside, she was to take a photocopy of her breasts using the store’s machine…
…According to the clerk, there was a moment of silence as the copier’s beam scanned across the woman’s breasts. This was followed by a howl of pain…
“Her breasts were bright red,” he told journalists. “The beam of light from the copier must have burned them.”
Despite citing “local media reports,” Snopes found no trace of this story in Singaporean news media. Nor were there any other reports of any kind to corroborate the above article. While the story quotes several individuals, it fails to offer any names. The only details provided are the age of the woman and the name of the town. The article includes several factors that strongly suggests it was fabricated.
Furthermore, the Telegraph Sun, which claims to have been founded in 1972 and to be “one of the most-read news outlets across Western Europe,” did not have a web site until November 2016. The web site features no bylines, no original reporting, and stories which are clearly fabricated. The Telegraph Sun combines the names of two British news newspapers, The Telegraph and The Sun.
Additionally, the beam of light from a photocopier does not generally burn human skin. Union Safe, a web site managed by the Labor Council of New South Wales does warn that “burns from hot components are also a potential hazard when clearing paper misfeeds or jams,” but does not mention the possibility of burning from photocopying one’s skin as suggested by the above fake story.
For those working in an office setting, the biggest danger that a photocopier’s light poses to you is eye strain and headaches. In 2007, there was a case where a five year-old boy complained of sore eyes but no burns after his face was photocopied at school. At the time, the BBC reported:
Eye experts play down the risks of photocopying the face once or twice.
What did you think of the fake news about a woman being injured while photocopying her breasts? Did you believe it or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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