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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Blamed For Rise in Handcuff Emergencies

handcuffs-bondageThe bestselling erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” may have done more than spice up readers’ love lives.

Firefighters in London say it could be to blame for a rise in the emergency calls from people stuck in all kinds of awkward situations — some involving handcuffs.

The wildly-popular trilogy details the S&M-flavored love story of a recent college grad and a billionaire CEO. It’s also credited with boosting sales of sex toys, driving women to hook-up sites and fueling a craze over sexual domination.

So, it’s not surprising there would be a downside.

In the past three years, London’s fire crews have been called to 79 incidents involving people trapped in handcuffs.

“I don’t know whether it’s the Fifty Shades effect, but the number of incidents involving items like handcuffs seems to have gone up,” said Third Officer Dave Brown.

Read the full story at CNN.com.

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