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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.

  • He Started Dissecting A Foot

    From Redditor /u/GotSka81:

    I was once working for a hospital, and we got a call about a PC in the "gross room," which is pretty much what you would expect. The room is dedicated to dissecting and researching body parts and such that are removed from [cadavers] or during surgeries.

    I was working on the PC for several days and got to know the staff. At one point, the gentleman next to me asked, "Are you squeamish?" to which I replied, "Nope, do what you have to do," and he pulls a full human foot (up to the ankle) out of his bag and begins doing whatever it is that they do (involves chemicals, maybe preservation?). Pretty awesome.

  • His Screensaver Cycled Through Graphic Images

    From Redditor /u/nebnodlew:

    I [managed] computer repair for a retailer a couple year ago. We had a client's computer in the back running various malware and virus scans. I was doing morning paperwork in the back near the computer. This PC had its screensaver on displaying random photos from the "My Pictures" folder - various family members, children's birthday parties, the usual stuff. Then, from the [corner] of my eye, I swear to God I saw a picture of a woman from the shoulders up with her throat cut.

    As soon as I realized what I was making out, I [gave it] my full attention, [but] it was back to photos of a car show. As they day went on, I though nothing of it and proceeded [to] work, until I was bringing another customer's PC to the back to work on, and again, [in] my peripheral [vision,] I could have sworn I saw a bloody [person]... bound in a trunk of a car. At that moment, I began to freak out.

    I grabbed one of my employees [and] explained the situation [to him]. We then sat for 10 minutes and watched this screensaver (it is against company policy to search through the client's personal files without absolute just cause). We then proceeded to see a photo [of] two bodies in a shallow grave out in the woods, and another photo of a severed hand down in kitchen drawer. I then went [to] the general manager, informed him of the situation, and had him view this screensaver. We then felt that [it] would be in everyone's best interest to contact law enforcement.

    [About] 15 minutes later, [the] owner of the computer and another gentleman show up, [and] I proceed to tell him that his computer is not ready and it will be a while. He then informs me that he was called there because someone reported there [were] some photographs of a grisly [slaying] that we had found. I showed him his computer, and then his partner... begins to laugh at him. Apparently, he went against police policy and took some of his work home with him. [He] had never noticed his work photos were being used as a screensaver.

  • His Computer Was Filled With Flour

    From Redditor /u/rmulv12:

    I used to work at Staples in the Easy Tech department. One person came in with the work desktop PC for [his] bakery. Well, he brought it in for a basic clean up. When we opened the computer up, it was literally filled 3/4 of the way with flour. I do not know how the thing still worked, but it did.

  • His Computer Was Stuffed With Food

    From Redditor /u/BushidoSamurai:

    The craziest thing I've experienced was probably this Nigerian guy [who] would come in from time to time [with] computer issues... The first time he came in, he told me his mouse wasn't working. It was a factory laser Gateway mouse that came with his computer. I plugged it up to our tech computer, wiggled it around, and got nothing. Looked at the laser on the bottom, and it was gunked up pretty bad.

    I asked him if he ate food around his computer. He said he didn't, but his children did... I told him I'll de-gunk it, and it should work. Well, I unscrewed the bottom of the mouse to open it up, and I kid you not, peanut butter had filled the entire inside of the mouse. Perfectly from edge to edge like someone took the mouse apart, filled the inside [with] peanut butter, smoothed the top off, and closed it. I confronted him saying, "Is this some kind of joke, sir?" and he insisted he didn't do [it], but his oldest son probably did (kid was maybe 10-12).

    I told him [to] NOT let his son anywhere near his computer, fearing he might do more damage. Well, about two weeks later, be brought in his desktop saying there was a CD stuck in the CD tray and it wouldn't open. I took out a paper clip and tried to open it [with] the little force open button, and it did nothing. So I went and go some tweezers and a flashlight to see if I could see the inside of the tray. [His] son had somehow shoved eight popsicle sticks into the CD tray and shattered the disc in there. Told him his CD burner was FUBAR'd and got another one off the shelf to install.

    I popped off the front of the computer to install the new CD burner, and I found about 10 more popsicle sticks, half a dozen fried shrimp, a pacifier, and what looked to be a [used] tissue [with] the goop of a spilled soda. I showed him all this and told him if he doesn't show his son some discipline, it's only going to get worse. Fortunately, his son was right there, and we showed him what he did. His dad chewed [him] out while he sat there [with] a "I give no f*cks!" look...

    I went by his house on another occasion to install some software, and his kid was still a brat. Would walk by me while I was peacefully working and would scream at the top of his lungs. I would scream back at him playfully, trying my best to not knock the kid out for about blowing out my eardrums... Wasn't surprised to see that the desk... and carpet [were] sticky [with] soda... and smelled like mildew.