hapless \ ˈha-pləs \ adjective
: deserving or inciting pity
The word hapless has appeared in 134 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Nov. 11 in “Ring Recalls Video Doorbells After Several Catch Fire” by Maria Cramer:
Ring has advertised itself as a company that provides “simple, proactive whole home security.”
On Twitter, the company has posted videos of Ring doorbell owners who praised the devices for helping them scare strangers off their property or who captured neighborhood oddities, like a tarantula climbing down a wall or a hapless woman using a leaf blower with a broken bag.