I get a lot of nutty e-mails. So, when I got an email from a reader who claimed that "our upstairs bathroom shower door spontaneously exploded in the middle of the night," I wrote back and asked if, perhaps, the door hadn't actually fallen from the frame and shattered on the floor, giving the impression that it exploded. I couldn't believe that this had actually happened.
And let's just ignore the fact that even my innocent explanation is quite sinister. After all, shower glass isn't supposed to fall from frames. But even that would be preferable to what actually happened...
The reader provided enough details and photos to convince me that, yes, the door had shattered while in place:
The middle of it blew clean apart leaving glass shards inside the frame. We were awakened by a very loud explosion upstairs . It was pretty scary. My daughter who sleeps upstairs said that she heard two noises. The first was like a big crack noise. Minutes or an hour later the thing 'exploded'.
The unbelievable now made believable.
If this reader tries to make someone accountable--glass manufacturer or door manufacturer--I can already hear the run-around. Glass people will say their glass was improperly fitted into the frame by the door people. Door people will say that the glass itself was defective.
We've got plenty of documentary evidence that this reader is not alone, including an ABC News report.
Any readers have similar experiences on spontaneously-shattering shower doors? Recommendations for seeking restitution from the manufacturer(s)? If so, please post as a comment.