Rob Gronkowski warns kids to avoid risky 'Tide Pod Challenge'

Laundry pod

A disturbing number of teenagers have been posting videos of themselves accepting the challenge and trying out the pods, which are extremely toxic and absolutely not meant to be consumed.

Rob Gronkowski, who isn't necessarily known for being a responsible adult, is a spokesperson for Tide for their pods.

I might not take Gronk's advice all the time but I will here and say to not eat these pods.

DO NOT try to eat them yourself. What started as an innocent meme is now a unsafe challenge - the Tide Pod Challenge - like that of the cinnamon challenge.

It has prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to renew its warning about how lethal it can be to consume laundry detergent. Legit enough that it's apparently become something of a minor public health crisis in the United States, and overnight, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an actual federal government body, sent out a Tweet pleading with Americans to stop consuming detergent.


"A meme should not become a family tragedy", the federal agency tweeted.

It's the latest social media challenge that comes with some unsafe risks: people recording themselves eating Tide laundry pods after social media memes compared the cleaning product to food.

Following the craze, Tide issued a statement: "Our laundry packs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes ..." They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children. "They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if meant as a joke". At least 10 deaths have been linked to ingesting these pods. You hear that, folks?

Don't eat Tide Pods, fellow kids.

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