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Computer Repair Workers Share Their Weirdest Stories

Updated November 19, 2019 4.5k views15 items

Computer repair and IT workers have the thankless job of solving problems for the technologically illiterate on a regular basis. With all that access to computers, it's pretty common for them to come across weird things - and not just adult videos.

From computer towers turned into animal nests to people treating their devices as ashtrays, these workers told Reddit about the oddest things they've found while working on other people's computers.

  • They Found A Live Snake

    From Redditor /u/Helen_A_Handbasket:

    [In this] particular job, we received units for repair from all over the US, so we'd occasionally find things in them that obviously didn't come from our area. Found a [deceased] scorpion in one once, many live spiders, a... mummified lizard, and a live snake.

    It wasn't a very big one, only about a foot long since it had to fit through a missing slot cover in the back of the system. It probably just crawled in there looking for warmth, I'd suspect. I popped off the lid, and there it was, just curled up next to the power supply. I have no fear of snakes, so I just picked it up and took it outside to let it go. It did freak out several people on my way out of the building, though.

  • She Had An Awkward Google Search Open

    From Redditor /u/meatwad75892:

    I was at an elementary school doing updates to a classroom's computers and got to the teacher's desk. Class was at lunch, and the teacher left her computer unlocked with a Google search page open.

    She [had] searched for "do watermelon seed gets you pregnent?"

    There. That's [who's] teaching your children.

  • Her Computer Was A Literal Roach Nest

    From a former Redditor:

    Once... a woman lugged in an older Dell desktop. One of the optiplex models that sat flat [and] opened similar to the way a car hood opens. It wouldn't boot, she says. She is standing a full five feet from me, and the aroma coming off of her made me think she had bathed all the previous week in bear piss. I opened the case of the computer [and panicked] - there was barely a square inch inside that wasn't moving. It was full of cockroaches [and] had so many antennas stuck up in the air waving around looked like they were all at a rock concert - all that was missing was miniature lighters.

    I told her it would take a day or two for me to figure it out, so just be patient and I would call her as soon as I knew. I waited until her car left the lot [and] took the computer [and] made for the door. Roaches started swarming out on my shirt [and] my hands... the cover was partially cracked, and then... I dropped the damn thing. The corner hit the floor, effectively jarring a good percentage of the confused occupants out onto my floor, where they began to do as roaches do and scatter in every direction they could. I had a stomp fest. Then a "seal computer in plastic bag" party. Then I went to the store [and] bought [a bunch of] bug [spray, sprayed] the entire shop, [and] went home for the day.

    Days later, I informed her of the problem and that I wasn't going to touch the computer anymore but was pretty damn well certain it was done for. She bought another one, and two days later, she was back with it. It wouldn't power on. I cracked this one open... roaches. I went into the power supply... roaches.

    At some point during this fiasco, I apparently inadvertently touched my eye. I have contacts, so sometimes I have to readjust them. Within another week, I was in the emergency room with 38 STIES total on my eyelids. I had some deep in the eye sockets in my cheek. I took vicodin and enough antibiotics to change my genetic makeup. I sat for an entire afternoon with hot compresses on my eyes while the sties weeped yellow oozage. The doc said it was a severe bacterial infection - I recounted the cockroach story... he said that was the likely culprit. Now, if I smell roaches when they come in with the computer - they go right back out with it.

  • He Forgot The Monitor

    From a former Redditor:

    A guy came in with a desktop computer and said that he couldn't get it to work. I put it on our counter and started hooking it up to the monitor to see what he was talking about. When he sees me doing this, he says, "Oh, I need a monitor!" I laughed a little, thinking he was trying to be funny. He was not trying to be funny.

    He thanked me, grabbed the computer, and left. I just stood around awkwardly while I processed what had just happened.