There's a subreddit called r/techsupportgore, and its name perfectly describes its content: people who fix computers upload photos of the nightmarish scenarios they find themselves in. From melted extension cords to server rooms that look like a jungle, some of these hardware disasters are so bad, you can't help but feel for the folks who have to fix them. So continue scrolling, check out the pics, and don't be surprised if you cringe to the brink of passing out after only a few of them.

#1

Ticket Said "Camera Flickers To Fuzzy Brown Image Often"

Ticket Said "Camera Flickers To Fuzzy Brown Image Often"

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Hans
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4 months ago

This is a very accurate description. Bird-friendly design as well. Hans approves.

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One of the moderators of the subreddit, Coffeechipmunk, said the most popular posts there are those that depict situations just moments away from exploding. "[It's] very dangerous, but very cool looking. They probably get so big because people post the pics and you think, 'Wow, that's just a bomb at that point,'" they told Bored Panda.

The subreddit was created on the 29th of February, 2012, and since then it has grown into a 427K member-strong community. They aren't interested in trivial things like cracked screens or anything -- just the filthiest, nastiest gore there is. And it doesn't seem that it's drying out, too. Just think of all the people who acquire a new gadget or an appliance and are so eager to use it, they skip the operation manual (myself included).

#2

“The Printer Isn’t Working”

“The Printer Isn’t Working”

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Elsker
Community Member
4 months ago

that's just.... wow....

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, you don't take the toner out of the cartridge, you load the whole thing. I guess they thought the paper worked the same.

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Peachikeen
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4 months ago

These people are the reason there's instructions on shampoo bottles.

Sergio Bicerra Descalzi
Community Member
4 months ago

And in hair dryers, and irons, and Batman capes, and...

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Ray Heap
Community Member
4 months ago

As a tech support guy I can tell you that this happens a lot.

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
4 months ago

We techs, could have our own "page" dedicated to "people"

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Tovah Roche
Community Member
4 months ago

I had a co-worker who went on a profanity laced fit one day because he couldn't get the paper drawer to close in the copier. The dumbass was trying to put 8.5" x 14" paper in a 8.5" x 11" slot. How he could not see the paper was too big to fit in the drawer is beyond me because it was visibly sticking out of the drawer.

Molly
Community Member
4 months ago

What the hell? How is the person who did this, even allowed to work in an office?

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
4 months ago

My thoughts precisely. We have no printers in Gondor, and even I know that this works not.

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Not-so-MadMax
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4 months ago

I love stupid people, this would really make my day :')

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh holy christ... how do these people survive day to day????

Ed Souza
Community Member
4 months ago

As an IT guy myself... I've seen things...

PhotoJenic12
Community Member
4 months ago

Or "do not drink"warnings on Bleach.

Matthew Smith
Community Member
4 months ago

People are that thick? how did they get a job in the first place?

Cristina S.
Community Member
4 months ago

God. I remember working in the office and people constantly came to me to fix the copier (I wasn’t the tech person either). Probably because I was the only one who actually followed the machine’s instructions. I was the only one who could fix it.

Erin
Community Member
4 months ago

This happened in our office. We told an intern to load 5 reams of paper in the side feeder of the printer and he did not unwrap the reams. So yeah...

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

He did what he, or she, was told to do without having ever been around a copying machine before.

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

"Stupid thing can't even open that"

elfin
Community Member
4 months ago

This would be perfectly natural for a newbie who had no idea how a printer worked. One place I worked required a lot of wires to have their ends stripped and then have metal connectors attached. A newbie was told to add the connectors, but no one told her the wires needed to be stripped first. She did exactly what she was told.

Sue Knerl
Community Member
4 months ago

That's pretty funny someone would be that clueless.

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
4 months ago

Do enough tech support, and you'll encounter a lot of people who are a ramp shy of a cloverleaf.

Layla Corman
Community Member
4 months ago

How did no one check this before calling for help?!?!

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
4 months ago

And teachers wonder why certain kids can't get on Google Classroom?

Eva Zaqqum
Community Member
4 months ago

No way! :D I used to work in a big office house full a loads of people, each floor had at least three printers in the hall.... Never seen anybody that stupid, really. And sure I worked there as an maintenance girl for the printers. This is just unbelievable for me. :D i remember some really dumb people... But this one? :D crazy

Jason Caulkin
Community Member
4 months ago

And this person who did that is a functioning human adult.

Aneese
Community Member
4 months ago

Who hires these people?!???!!

Id row
Community Member
4 months ago

At what point do you start charging them triple for grief and aggravation for this level of stupidity?

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
4 months ago

We frequently got phone scams centered around our copier - "Hi, this is Joe Blow from the warehouse. Just calling to confirm the serial number off your copier for your order." My coworkers were very trusting, so these scams would sometimes get pretty far downstream before they were spotted.

togcrewsc
Community Member
4 months ago

hmmm.... i wonder why......

Chloe Drury
Community Member
4 months ago

i genuinely have never operated this type of printer so idk what is what so idk whats wrong lol

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Dippin Dot
Community Member
4 months ago

I got a call from an employee (happened twice, same person) where she said the printer was broken. It needed paper. Thank god she retired.

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

Really? How stupid can you be!

Tanya Creighton
Community Member
4 months ago

😂😂😂

Rodno7493527
Community Member
4 months ago

Really? This is dumb on a whole other level.

Jace
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone is passive-aggressive, or a malicious compliance expert in that office...

Jeff Diamond
Community Member
4 months ago

How stupid can a person get?

Kk C-Mcgee
Community Member
4 months ago

This takes the cake for "the dumbest human alive" category

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

I hope that the interview went well for this bright person? HA!

MikeMaxis
Community Member
4 months ago

Printer abuse, I'm calling the authorities.

Carrie Roettger
Community Member
4 months ago

My husband works for a litigation support company and they have 5 printer/copiers. I showed him this picture and I thought he was going to have a serious meltdown.

CADEN FRENCH
Community Member
4 months ago

yhjoj

Luke Weng
Community Member
4 months ago

Plot twist: that's actually a paper with the package printed on it

melbfk
Community Member
4 months ago

April Fool's Day?

Андрей Лошаденко
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes! https://allena555.tumblr.com

Cindi Steele
Community Member
4 months ago

You just can’t fix stupid.

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
4 months ago

God above of course their from my country!

Rebekah
Community Member
4 months ago

These are the people who leave the cardboard under the frozen pizza.

Carole Hamilton
Community Member
4 months ago

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Mary Dellenbusch
Community Member
4 months ago

Fucking idiot! One has to be really dense to do this.

Amelia Sober
Community Member
4 months ago

I dont get it.

Lisa Mengucci
Community Member
4 months ago

Yea, there really are some rocket scientists out there. How do they even get get dressed in the morning?

Trash Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

Stupid is as stupid does

Tim Garber
Community Member
4 months ago

That'll work.

Nikki Spears
Community Member
4 months ago

That cannot be real. No one would do that. No one. Right?!

rehabisforquitters
Community Member
4 months ago

People are really that stoopid....

Sharon Madsen
Community Member
4 months ago

And they walk among us

JJM
Community Member
4 months ago

Seriously?????

Heather Boardman
Community Member
4 months ago

Surely people are not that stupid

okpkpkp
Community Member
4 months ago

funny. I was a printer for years.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
4 months ago

*facepalm*

Batwench
Community Member
4 months ago

I have actually seen this in the wild.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

Seriously? Someone that fucking stupid managed to get a job?

katboxjanitor
Community Member
4 months ago

Proof you can survive when you are dumber than a box of rocks. Wow

Joycez Zhuang
Community Member
4 months ago

(o.O!)

Lynn Morello
Community Member
4 months ago

And there are intelligent beings on this planet. Honestly.

Ronald Nye
Community Member
4 months ago

HAHA. nobody is quite that stupid.

Susan Mourning
Community Member
4 months ago

you can't be serious

Donald Holder
Community Member
4 months ago

You had one job. Just one!

Meami
Community Member
4 months ago

SMH...

Bored Silly
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow some people are too stupid for words

Attila Boncok
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, it is only 99.99% jam-free.

JuJu
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh, you know our last intern.

CR Harvey
Community Member
4 months ago

Open the team, first?

the redqueen
Community Member
4 months ago

Ok this one is just a small "funny"-but it's a true story: My father used to work for a company, in NC., many, many years ago, that repaired, rented, and provided all kinds of office equipment and supplies. One large account that they had, they retrieved a printer from, for repair. There was a "form" they used, that included several boxes with descriptions, on how the damage occurred. This particular printer, was actually "struck" by lightning, so, the box with the description of : damage caused by "acts of God", was marked. It wasn't until after they noticed what account the printer had come from, that it became funny: ATTN: Jim Bakker C/O : PTL Club ( this was in the 80's, in a department , with nothing but Dad-joke telling guys working there, who laughed about this, for years......)

LC Greenwood
Community Member
4 months ago

Fail better

David Jeu
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a sabotage

Lillukka
Community Member
4 months ago

One of my analysts in the lab told me that a machine wasn't working, and we need to call the expencive maintenance for it. Ask her what's the problem, and she told me it's not printing. Went to check it, and surprice surprice, it wont print if it's out of paper...

Felicia Dale
Community Member
4 months ago

No. Really?

We Were On A Break!
Community Member
4 months ago

That made me laugh for real. People can be dense.

Pavlina G
Community Member
4 months ago

Ha ha ha ha ha

Eepe
Community Member
4 months ago

I know people who would do that.

Panda with Heart
Community Member
4 months ago

Now that's pretty bad!!

Kjorn
Community Member
4 months ago

typical… i'm not surprised

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
4 months ago

There are two trays, maybe the person put the spare paper in the wrong tray? Often customers only use one of the two trays unless they have different types of paper in use, e.g. plain vs letterhead.

Community Member
4 months ago

No, moron. There is NO spare "paper tray".

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
4 months ago

i never met anybody that stupid...

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
4 months ago

Being without relevant experience or knowledge is not equal to being stupid.

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4 months ago

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This person votes.We're f*cked!

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"A lot of the content on the subreddit does rather well, except for people coming for actual tech support, they get redirected to the right subreddit. For actual tech support gore, though, it seems like broken screens and slightly messy wires are the current posts that don't hit too hard," Coffeechipmunk explained.

They think the reason why r/techsupportgore got so popular is quite a simple one: "Honestly... it's very fun," Coffeechipmunk said. "In a time where most of the internet can be incredibly serious and most times saddening or angering, r/techsupportgore is fun because you go on it and you can laugh (and/or cringe) at the crazy posts. Where else can you see a post like, "Wow, these cables really are messy" to, "A lizard fried my motherboard" back to back? I love our growing community. They're a bunch of people that just enjoy tech and to some extent, the worst of it."

#3

End User Had A Heater Next To The PC Which Was Randomly Shutting Off And She Thought She Had Smelled Burning A Couple Of Times. It Is Literally Screaming

End User Had A Heater Next To The PC Which Was Randomly Shutting Off And She Thought She Had Smelled Burning A Couple Of Times. It Is Literally Screaming

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Panda Kicki
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4 months ago

Oh, that face!

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If you are, however, afraid that you're gonna end up on this subreddit, there are things you can do to prevent it. There's plenty of information on the internet that you can utilize to become more tech savvy. There are forums, websites, and YouTube channels dedicated to specific fields where you can find comprehensive information on how to reset your iPhone and how to fix a malfunctioning laptop. Heck, if you're feeling really adventurous, you can even learn how to code.

When it comes to technology, the information is out there and it's available. You don't have to study computer science to know this stuff. Like a blacksmith who has an exact feel for how he needs to beat a piece of metal in order to mold it, knowledge and regular use of it will make you better at technology.

#4

I Can't Even...

I Can't Even...

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Slinkman
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4 months ago

'I saw a red floor and i want it painted black'

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#5

Hospital Server Room

Hospital Server Room

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
4 months ago

Spaghetti! Spaghetti for everyone!

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#6

First Day On Job; Set Up Those 4 Wireless Speakers For You.

First Day On Job; Set Up Those 4 Wireless Speakers For You.

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Ola Polowczyk
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4 months ago

And here, dear children, you can see speakers resting in their natural habitat

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#7

Told A User To Shutdown Their Virus Infected Computer And Ship It Back And To Label It As Infected. They Did Good

Told A User To Shutdown Their Virus Infected Computer And Ship It Back And To Label It As Infected. They Did Good

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JessG
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4 months ago

Funny

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#8

Ancient Temple Of Asus

Ancient Temple Of Asus

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Mark
Community Member
4 months ago

Well seeing as there is nothing connected to it its just looks like a mother board covered in a load of crap.

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#9

I Need Somewhere To Set This Candle... Oh Here’s A Good Spot!

I Need Somewhere To Set This Candle... Oh Here’s A Good Spot!

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
4 months ago

Lucky it was just a mess and not a fire...

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#10

"My Fan Was Making Too Much Noise!"

"My Fan Was Making Too Much Noise!"

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Hans
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4 months ago

Not comprehending technology is one thing. Not comprehending basic physics is yet another. How do such people survive?

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#11

I Should Tell Them It's Not A Touch Screen...

I Should Tell Them It's Not A Touch Screen...

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Hand wipes, pleeeeeeeease!

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#12

"My PC Shut Off Suddenly And Won't Turn Back On"

"My PC Shut Off Suddenly And Won't Turn Back On"

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Chris Watson
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4 months ago

What a filthy environment

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#13

Quality Repost Here. (I Assume This Has Been Posted Before)

Quality Repost Here. (I Assume This Has Been Posted Before)

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Bill
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4 months ago

How old is this picture? I haven't used a floppy in over 25 years

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#14

One Of My Co-Workers Was Eager To Unpack Her New Mouse

One Of My Co-Workers Was Eager To Unpack Her New Mouse

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Hans
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4 months ago

Admittedly, these packings just are super annoying!

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#15

“My Space Heater Stopped Working”

“My Space Heater Stopped Working”

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Blakkur Sverrir
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4 months ago

Don't worry. Will be heating again, soon

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#16

Professional Cabling At Pepsi

Professional Cabling At Pepsi

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Mark
Community Member
4 months ago

To the MAX!!!!!

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#17

AT&T Has No Idea Why Their DSL Services Is So Poor. It Must Be My Wires In My House. No I Don't Think So

AT&T Has No Idea Why Their DSL Services Is So Poor. It Must Be My Wires In My House. No I Don't Think So

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Hans
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4 months ago

"This is meant to be like this"

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#18

Someone Unplugged Something And Now The Office Internet Doesn't Work...

Someone Unplugged Something And Now The Office Internet Doesn't Work...

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Jinal P
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4 months ago

noope, am outta here.

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#19

Customer Came In With His iPhone, His Glass Cracked, He Thought He Could Peel Off The Glass So He Wouldn't Notice The Crack Anymore

Customer Came In With His iPhone, His Glass Cracked, He Thought He Could Peel Off The Glass So He Wouldn't Notice The Crack Anymore

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

Genius!

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#20

Plugging In Your USB Receiver With A Hammer For That Flush Mounted Look

Plugging In Your USB Receiver With A Hammer For That Flush Mounted Look

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Elsker
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4 months ago

when the problem sits between the laptop and the deskchair...

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#21

"It Didn't Plug In, So I Bent The Pins To Make It Fit"

"It Didn't Plug In, So I Bent The Pins To Make It Fit"

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Hans
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4 months ago

If it fit, I...oh, nervermind, I will just read the newspaper.

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#22

Don't Forget To Tip Your Server

Don't Forget To Tip Your Server

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Emi A.
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4 months ago

I don't even have a clue what's gong on in here lol

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#23

My Friend Drilled Holes In His Mouse To Make It Lighter So It Would Give Him An "Advantage"

My Friend Drilled Holes In His Mouse To Make It Lighter So It Would Give Him An "Advantage"

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TheDivineMs.M
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4 months ago

Advantage of what????

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#24

My Grandpa Thought His Headphone Jack Was A Screw Hole

My Grandpa Thought His Headphone Jack Was A Screw Hole

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Mark
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4 months ago

A screw hole for what exactly though?

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#25

Work For Local High School, The Disc Drive Wasn’t Working. Probably Been There Since 2012

Work For Local High School, The Disc Drive Wasn’t Working. Probably Been There Since 2012

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Hans
Community Member
4 months ago

I did not see that meme face in quite a while...

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#26

When The Acid Kicks In

When The Acid Kicks In

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Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
4 months ago

weird oof

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#27

User "Dropped It Walking To The Car." It Came In The Day After The Super Bowl

User "Dropped It Walking To The Car." It Came In The Day After The Super Bowl

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Elsker
Community Member
4 months ago

drop it like it's hot...

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#28

"But I Like It This Way, It's Convenient." -My Tech Savvy Aunt

"But I Like It This Way, It's Convenient." -My Tech Savvy Aunt

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Martha Meyer
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4 months ago

I would like to unsee this please!

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#29

Round 2 Of How Students Treat Their Chromebooks In My School, I Have No Words

Round 2 Of How Students Treat Their Chromebooks In My School, I Have No Words

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Monday
Community Member
4 months ago

This makes me sad. This Chromebook did not deserve this.

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#30

“My Flash Drive Won’t Show Up And I’ve Literally Tried Everything!”

“My Flash Drive Won’t Show Up And I’ve Literally Tried Everything!”

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Mark
Community Member
4 months ago

Other than plugging in into the right port!

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