A YouTube video showing an oven-gloved Burger King employee struggling with a burning Galaxy Note 7 has become a viral illustration of the crisis facing Samsung over its troubled smartphone.
The video has been viewed nearly one million times since it was posted on the video-sharing site on Saturday, two days before Samsung announced a global halt to sales and exchanges of the Note 7.
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The world’s largest smartphone maker issued a worldwide recall of the model in early September following complaints that its lithium-ion battery exploded while charging.
The move turned into a PR disaster when reports emerged a week ago of replacement phones also catching fire.
The YouTube video, shot on a mobile phone by a customer, showed a Note 7 smouldering next to an empty food basket on a table at a Burger King outlet in the South Korean city of Incheon.
A Burger King worker wearing large heat resistant gloves struggles to remove it from the table but it drops to the floor, causing shrieks among onlookers.
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She eventually picks it up with both hands and walks away from the table, which is scarred with a black, charred mark.
A Samsung spokeswoman confirmed that the device in the footage was a Note 7 without elaborating further.
The manager of the outlet told an online news website Wikitree that the store had requested compensation from Samsung for the damage to the table.
Courtesy : Express Tribune