An Amazon Alexa owner in Germany had a bit of a shock recently when his device started a party on its own. Oliver Haberstroh was out one Saturday evening and when he returned home he found out that his locks had been changed.
The reason his locks had been changed, was because the police had to break down the door to his apartment near Hamburg after Neigbours complained about loud music. The culprit of the loud music was Oliver’s Amazon Alexa device which started playing the music on its own at 2am.
The music was so loud that Oliver’s neighbors knocked his door multiple times and after getting now answer they phoned the police. The police turned up and decided to break down the door. When they go in they found nobody in the apartment, just an Amazon Alexa device playing music really loud.
When Oliver returned home he could not get into his apartment as the locks had been changed, he then had to get the new keys from the Police and also pay a large bill for his new locks. When he contacted Amazon about the issue, a customer service assistant said that Alexa could have picked up sounds from the street below his flat and then started playing music.
I can see how this could happen as we have had times when Alexa starts talking randomly or starts playing music whilst we are watching TV.
Source Business Insider