A German music fan’s home was raided by police after his Alexa Amazon Echo device decided to ‘hold a party on its own’ while he was out.
Neighbours complained after music was blaring at 2am in Oliver Haberstroh’s Hamburg flat and police had to break down the door to get in.
The Sun reported Haberstroh had to pay the police for the cost of a locksmith and posted on Facebook how he believed the smart speaker system had a mind of its own.
He wrote: ‘While I was relaxed and enjoying a beer, Alexa managed on her own, without command and without me using my mobile phone, to switch on at full volume and have her own party in my apartment.’
‘She decided to have it at a very inconvenient time, between 1.50am and 3am. My neighbours called the police.’
A police spokesman said music was coming from ‘a black jukebox which is usually activated by voice control’.
An Amazon spokesman told Metro.co.uk ‘Working directly with the customer, we have identified the reason for the incident.
‘Echo was remotely activated and the volume increased through the customer’s third party mobile music-streaming app.’
He added: ‘Although the Alexa cloud service worked flawlessly, Amazon has offered the customer to cover the cost for the incident.’
The Alexa Amazon Echo is designed to make its owner’s life easier and can even order a pizza or Uber for them.
Several weeks ago a mischievous parrot used Alexa to order itself a set of ten gift boxes while the owner was away.