It is estimated by Plaxo that approximately 33% of people either lose or break their smart phones. Another study by PC Advisor found that British iPhone owners are likely to break or damage their phones in the first 10 weeks!
But even though it’s an increasingly common occurrence, there’s still nothing more heartbreaking than a cracked phone screen, so here are 16 stories that will remind you to be extra careful with your mobile.
“I was wading in a river looking for pretty rocks. My purse was slung over one shoulder with my cell phone inside. Each time I bent down to pick up a rock, I steeped my purse in the river water like a bag of tea. I didn’t realize this until someone pointed it out to me.” — subtlebiscuit.
“I worked at a movie theater and was texting near the popcorn butter machine. A customer came in, and when I looked up, I apparently moved my phone into the machine button, causing butter to pour all over and inside my phone.” — Morgan Preziosi.
“There was a waterbottle on my desk with a tiny pin-sized hole in the side so that water was dripping out very slowly, couldn’t have been more than a drop per minute. At night, I put my phone beside it on the dry desk. When I awoke, the desk was soaked and I didn’t have Wifi anymore.” — Aztecah.
“I was watching a video panning up the length of an anaconda and when it reached the head, the anaconda strikes at the screen, and I threw my phone against the wall.” — Eduarda De Souza Queiroz.
“I got drunk and repeatedly hit my phone with a bread knife…” — aaronwilliamj.
“When I was running on the treadmill, my phone fell onto the belt and SHOT at the wall behind me, cracking the screen.” — Joriet.
“Jumped into a pool with my phone in my pocket. This is right after I had used my phone to take a selfie in front of the pool and placed it back in my pocket.” — SpewsALotOfBullshit.
“My time to shine! Was at McDonald’s working an overnight shift had speakers and phone on top of a shelf. Speakers fell then pulled my phone down with it into the deep fryer” — menevissis.
“Found my 2 cats playing with my iPhone like street hockey by batting it back and forth between each other on the hardwood floor. The thing is my cats (fosters waiting adoption) hate each other and were hissing as they whacked the phone to each other, as if saying “no, *you* get to have it”. My phone is an older model and didn’t break so this story doesn’t fully qualify here, but something about technology+cats= irresistible to me, like those pictures of kittens sleeping on keyboards.” — Zenezie.
“A homeless guy threw a plastic bag at me and I was so dumbfounded by it that I dropped my phone, cracking the screen.” — Lena Ackermann.