Firefighters in the United Kingdom are reporting an increase in some shady activity lately, and it’s not the kind they’re used to.

The York Daily Record reports that the London Fire Brigade has stated that they’ve been called in more frequently to free people from handcuffs after they’ve been engaging in adults-only entertainment. They’re attributing this spike to couples taking inspiration from the erotic book Fifty Shades of Grey.

Authorities report that wannabe Anastasias and Christians have been caught in compromising positions 79 times in the past three years, a huge increase over prior years’ incidences. Officer Dave Brown said, "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."

While that’s pretty shocking, the brigade is used to doing whatever it takes — in 2010, for example, they helped a man who’d gotten his penis stuck in a toaster, and attended to nine calls from men who had rings caught on their penises. Ouch!

On Monday the brigade urged folks using handcuffs to always keep the keys nearby, to avoid an embarrassing incident. Duly noted!

Source: The Daily BeastYork Daily Record

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