The South Korean government is attempting to crack down on retailers of so-called “selfie sticks”.
Sadly, they’re not arresting them for the crime of making people look uncool. No, the Korean government are organising a crack down because the bluetooth devices haven’t been properly tested before going on sale and could cause other electronics to malfunction, Korea Times reports. Anyone found selling the untested tech could face fines of up to 30 million won (£17,000) and a prison sentence of up to three years.
The extendable devices hold your phone in place and let you take selfies from further away. This means you can include more people in your photograph- no, we’re not calling a ‘group selfie’ an ‘usie’ or an ‘ussie’ or whatever it is.
Selfie sticks are available on Amazon for less than £5
Here’s a selfie stick in action:
Seflie stick in action! @montyhamilton @JoeFernandez #TelstraSummit pic.twitter.com/Gwwd10tOgq
— Jessica Box (@jessicabox) October 19, 2014
Doesn’t look cool at all does it?
The Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning is asking citizens to help “root out the distribution of illegal broadcasting communication devices such as uncertified camera extender rods”.
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