We’re all living in the future now, and there’s a very good chance you own an Amazon Echo, the very popular voice-operated home assistant that can play music, make lists, and even automatically order items for you on the Amazon website.
While those skills are useful and time-saving for busy shoppers, since the Echo was first released they’ve developed an infamy among parents who have found out the hard way that anyone can use Alexa to shop for them, including their children.
There are countless stories of kids unwittingly ordering items to their parents’ accounts:
But one couple got an even weirder surprise from Alexa.
Greg and Kelly, from Frankfort Township, Illinois, have a parrot named Bibi. They also own an Amazon Echo…
But it never occurred to them that it would ever pick up their parrot’s voice.
But one day, they noticed Alexa was “listening” to Bibi—and were baffled by Alexa’s response:
“I’ll add that to your shopping list.”
The couple had never intentionally used the Echo’s shopping list feature.
So they asked Alexa to read them the list… and what they heard left them in stitches.
“We laughed until tears were streaming down our faces,” they told Newsflare.
The parrot had created a long (and bizarre) shopping list.
They took a video of Alexa’s robotic voice reading the increasingly nonsensical list of items. The first five items revealed that Bibi is surprisingly literary, and really, really likes strawberries:
The list keeps going, and takes a turn for the weirder. Bibi, having made absolutely certain to include those strawberries, now turns to odder groceries like “Big Tofu” and “Harry.”
- Strawberry Yogurt
- Easy Water
- Big Tofu
But then rounds out the list with more of his berry obsession.
- Red Retreat
Thankfully, there won’t be a truck full of berries (nor a man named Harry) arriving at their doorstep anytime soon.
“Fortunately, we disabled the automatic-purchase feature of the Echo,” the couple explained.
“Otherwise we’d be up to our necks in the bird’s favorite food.”
Indeed. While it’s tempting to wonder what Amazon might’ve sent when asked for “Easy Water” and “Red Retreat,” some mysteries are best left unsolved.