'A gamekeeper shot my smartphone'

Mar 08, 2014, 14:42 IST | Agencies

From being blown with a shotgun to being mistaken for a biscuit and dunked in a cup of tea are among the bizarre and hilarious reasons given by owners to their gadget insurer for demise or loss of handsets

London: Gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble has complied a list of the strangest reasons its customers have given for the demise or loss of their handsets, including being blasted by a shotgun and lost in a freezer cabinet. “I was out shooting one day when my mobile phone rang,” said one claimant. “The gamekeeper confiscated it, threw it into the air and gave it both barrels of a 12 bore shotgun!”

A disgruntled gamekeeper shot the phone of a claimant
A disgruntled gamekeeper shot the phone of a claimant

Dogs are a common element in the untimely death of mobile phones. One particularly hungry pet decided it was a good idea to eat nearly all of a claimant’s phone, whilst another diligently placed its owner’s handset in the birdbath. While eight-month-old Scooby dropped his owner’s mobile in his water bowl.

Another major factor that has lead to mysterious phone breaks appears to be young children. “My grandson thought it was not right for my phone to be left out on a cold day on the kitchen table instead of being put away in its cover, so he put it in the microwave to warm it up. He set the microwave on full power for an hour but it blew up long before that, along with my phone,” was an elderly customer’s tale.

The younger brother of another claimant destroyed their phone with a hammer, while one germ-conscious nephew put his relatives tablet in the washing bowl ‘because it was dirty’. Another customer’s four-year-old son purposely dropped his phone into a fish tank because he wanted his father to buy a new BlackBerry.

But it is not only kids who mistakenly mixing gadgets and water. “I was doing an aqua aerobics class, but left my phone in my pocket and discovered only after 90 minutes. I decided to dry it in a sauna. Once dry I turned it on. It gave a couple of feeble flashes before it died,” was an excuse.

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