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OT: Boy, 11, urinates on $36K worth of Apple MacBooks


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Initial post: Apr 30, 2012 9:07:55 PM PDT
VGF random says:
He had the means and the opportunity, but we may never know the motive of an 11-year-old student who urinated on a couple dozen laptops left unattended at Upper Allen Township Elementary in Pennsylvania.

In a report now bemusing Mac fan forums across the Internet, the Upper Allen Township Police Department states that "the cart and computers were damaged beyond repair, resulting in the loss of over $36,000."

The cart in question contained approximately 30 school-owned MacBooks, according to a police department spokesperson I spoke to, who couldn't tell me why the kid did it - let alone how. Because, c'mon - 30 MacBooks, even stacked, make for a formidable amount of square footage to cover, especially for a kid.

Nevertheless, all MacBooks went down as a total loss, and John Brownlee at Cult of Mac educates us on the likely reason why.

We can all surmise that urinating upon your Mac will not be covered by your AppleCare, but here's an interesting question: If you stand up right this second, unzip your fly and hose off all over your MacBook, can you even pay Apple to service the machines? The answer is no, because Apple looks at micturated-upon MacBooks as a biohazard.

Sure enough, not even dog urine is acceptable. I know this because the helpful woman who answered the phone at the New York City's Fifth Avenue Apple Store told me that no, if my dog urinated on my MacBook, no Apple Genius would touch it. What's more, "biohazard" is the exact word she used, right before she encouraged me to "Google" a repair outfit that would deign to do such dirty work.

Dog urination aside, there are other MacBook pathogens that may surprise you. So if you smoke, heads up. Cigarette smoke-infused Apple products count as biohazards too, as Consumerist reported in 2009.

For the crime of creating $36K in Apple biohazards, the boy in question was charged with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief. While the police spokesperson assures me that, contrary to some reports, the kid was not arrested, his case was forwarded to the Cumberland County Juvenile Probation Department.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 9:09:07 PM PDT
That kid is awesome.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 9:12:03 PM PDT
Zen Kaizoku says:
Oooh, something made by Apple, all of a sudden I feel like taking a leak.........

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:12:09 PM PDT
P-Nasty says:
Hero.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 9:15:00 PM PDT
I heard a story of a special-ed kid who broke an iPad. The rumor is that Apple not only charged for the cost to repair the iPad but also what it would have sold for as a brand new item. The bill to the school was something like $1,300 for that iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:21:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 9:23:09 PM PDT
Yep... I'd love to shake his hand. (after i make sure its sanitized) lol.

I heard a story of a special-ed kid who broke an iPad. The rumor is that Apple not only charged for the cost to repair the iPad but also what it would have sold for as a brand new item. The bill to the school was something like $1,300 for that iPad.

shouldn't tha be illegal, has to be 1 or the other not both. I would rebut those charges if i was the school. Thats why Apple is so bad. No good customer service and over priced.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:31:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012 9:32:12 PM PDT
Flores. says:
I don't think he's going to think he's that "awesome" when his folks will have to take a second mortgage or borrow from his college fund to be able to pay for that.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:34:46 PM PDT
I still think he is awesome. Of course, I don't have to foot the bill. I would be surprised if Apple comes down too hard on the kid. Public backlash and all that.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:36:10 PM PDT
Yep that is true, For sure the school is not going to swallow that bill.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 9:36:28 PM PDT
Flores. says:
The MacBooks are school owned, so he'll have to deal with Uncle Sam.
And I hear he's not too kind.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:57:17 PM PDT
Sisyphus says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 11:24:17 PM PDT
E. Holland says:
Jobs only did what others did and put it in a nicely colored box. Overrated colored boxes. Let's not forget his evil side - just look at the BeBox.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 11:26:46 PM PDT
actually it was Harlheinz Bradenburg who invented the MP3 player not apple. Apple did not have anything to do with the size of the laptop that is just natural evolution of hardware miniaturization. Phones also would evolve as the technology got better without apple.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 11:31:19 PM PDT
I remember the BeOS just never seen it or used it. That is really old school. How about OS/2 I actually tried that one out. It sucked but it was interesting at the time.

Posted on May 1, 2012 1:54:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 1:58:45 AM PDT
Ham Salad says:
"I heard a story of a special-ed kid who broke an iPad. The rumor is that Apple not only charged for the cost to repair the iPad but also what it would have sold for as a brand new item. The bill to the school was something like $1,300 for that iPad. "

Well I heard this was a load of crap, so there!

Seriously though, I can't believe everyone liked such an obviously pandering and uncorroborated post. There's no way Apple is going to charge almost twice the price for a brand new version of their most expensive iPad just to fix one. And even if they did, whoever runs that school is an idiot for not just buying a new iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 2:51:36 AM PDT
Cats Go Nyan says:
Well the MacBooks swallowed it for sure.

Posted on May 1, 2012 5:28:46 AM PDT
I wouldn't be fixing any laptop without gloves personally. A urine soaked laptop wouldn't be my ideal day but I think it's kind of funny that they have no problem looking past the cocktail of fluids, mange, and organisms that populate the average keyboard.

Posted on May 1, 2012 5:30:52 AM PDT
I have ruined two MacBooks just by spilling drops of tea on them. Next time I'll just go the whole hog and pee like a rock star.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 5:30:55 AM PDT
GUEST!! says:
Considering Apple's history with steep discounts for schools, I'm not entirely sure I believe that one. I'd have to see definitive proof before I considered that to EVER be anything more than a rumor.

Posted on May 1, 2012 5:45:55 AM PDT
Anti-Mac jokes aside, really, how spoiled does a kid have to be to indulge in that kind of vandalism?

Posted on May 1, 2012 5:57:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 5:57:16 AM PDT
SMH says:
I can't imagine the amount of shame I would feel if I were this kid's parents. What a loser he is.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:07:51 AM PDT
JWK says:
Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:22:35 AM PDT
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Posted on May 1, 2012 6:34:27 AM PDT
J. Pardee says:
"In a report now bemusing Mac fan forums across the Internet"

What is bemusing Mac fans is making perfect sense to non Mac fans.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 6:45:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 6:46:35 AM PDT
I do have a distinct feeling that many of those lapbooks probably work fine, but the teacher just said "ewwww peee, throw it away" instead of making any effort to make them work.

That kid would have to be a race horse to pee enough to completely damage 30 laptops...
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