Some of us have not yet renounced classic headphones that link us to our devices by outdated wires, like some sort of robot. Wireless AirPods, however, become more common every day, despite the fact that they have one extremely obvious design flaw: how unbelievably easy they are to lose.
Twitter user Ashley Mayer discovered that when she dropped one of hers into the subway tracks and that should have been the end of it.
The AirPod fell out of my ear several feet away from the edge of the subway platform, but I’ve never seen anything more inevitable. RIP little buddy. Thanks for all the podcasts.— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) July 9, 2019
While I’m understandably shattered, I’m proud of myself for:— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) July 9, 2019
1) Not lunging after it and becoming the first ever AirPod-related subway death.
2) Still going to the gym against all odds and without entertainment!!!
Mayer was going to let her AirPod go gently into that good night, but when she returned to the same platform, she saw it was still there! Pizza Rat had not grabbed it and run off to enjoy a Silent Disco night under the Williamsburg bridge!
Omg you guys he’s still down there ?— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) July 10, 2019
(I had asked to have him rescued yesterday but it was going to take two hours and I had to be present) pic.twitter.com/4FeRUQy6QH
Mayer promised her followers that she would not jump into the train tracks, but she WOULD rescue her little friend. She headed to the grocery store for supplies.
Game on.— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) July 11, 2019
(The romaine is for dinner, not rescue.) pic.twitter.com/3iqDCT7UFQ
She duct-taped the bottom of a broom to make it sticky, waiting for the crowded platform to empty after the train passed and then perfectly executed her mission:
He’s filthy but he’s mine (again)!— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) July 11, 2019
She thoroughly disinfected it, charged it up, and discovered the AirPod still works perfectly:
I dedicate this selfie to the germaphobes. (You may be onto something, guess we’ll see!)— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) July 11, 2019
Verdict: he’s working wonderfully ??? pic.twitter.com/vCCMdQpypd
A lot of people are pretty horrified that Mayer put the AirPod back in her ear. Most people would not want to put something that touched the floor of a subway track to be inserted into any part of their body. It is full of rats and sewage—on the other hand, podcasts.
Mayer seems to have no regrets, and she’s enjoying the attention she’s getting for her clever rescue mission. She even got her story on Good Morning America:
Yes, I disinfected the AirPod ? https://t.co/AzCccvu6AH— Ashley Mayer (@ashleymayer) July 11, 2019
Meanwhile, Twitter is wondering if there’s some way to avoid anything like this ever happening in future:
Hmm wired air pods I think your on to something— Dirtydirt animates (@TheDirtAnimate) July 11, 2019
Perhaps you can borrow some of Ashley’s duct tape and use it to tape the AirPods in— Taylor (@taybart13) July 11, 2019
We gotta put some of Apple’s greatest minds on this.