18 Phone Store Employees Recall the Weirdest Thing They Saw on a Customer’s Phone

Every industry has it’s oddities, I suppose, and sometimes, those could maybe be viewed as perks.

If you’re someone who works for a cell phone company, in a store all day where a lot of your time is spent repairing or troubleshooting customer’s phones, it’s a blessing and a curse to be able to see what’s on them.

These 18 employees are scrolling and telling about the weirdest thing they ever encountered on a customer’s phone.

18. He was proud of that.

one more – a male elementary school teacher who was also a nudist. wanted to learn how to bookmark pages in safari – so i click on safari and its a picture of him skinny dipping into a lake.

no big deal, i close that window and open a new one…


17. Because it couldn’t be him!

Former employee here. Did data transfers a bit, and it’s remarkable the amount of people (not young, mind you) have naked pics of themselves in their iPhoto library. We weren’t supposed go through them, and we didn’t, unless the customer explicitly stated they wanted us to check and make sure every photo transferred. Keep that crap in a separate folder so your friends/children don’t see it.

Once had someone from a site similar to suicide girls come in, and was big on promoting herself and showing off her photos.

And then there was always the random wife who found their husbands porn stash after a transfer and wanted to accuse us of putting it there.

16. That title though.

Genius here, once had to get a disk out of a failed optical drive.

Old Grannies, Young Panties IV

15. What is wrong with people?

My old room-mate was a genius…

He offered to sync some lady’s photostream to her phone… as he did… pictures started popping up from her husband’s photo album of him fucking all these other women…

left in tears…. he called me all bummed… felt so bad.

14. Wow people have zero shame when they’re desperate.

Worked in several different positions at an apple store. All the demo products are on a schedule and wipe every time they restart. Though I have seen people add their business as the homepage. Also seen people pull up that product at best buy or another site.

Since working as a tech I’ve seen a lot of porn, a lot of it self made. Weirdest was a picture on this girls desktop of her on a dog cage wearing only a dog collar.

Weird interaction with the guy who kept asking me how to go to porn sites without getting on their mailing lists. Another with the middle aged guy who had a problem importing pictures, some of them were of him with other guys. (He had the decency to cover my eyes and say “you’re too young to see this”)

Or the guy who swore his phone was broken because he couldn’t stream his porn. (Sorry man, that site uses flash. Was not a good enough explanation)

13. Spoiler alert: your girlfriend doesn’t want to see it.

Worked at best buy and I got a picture of this girl’s boyfriend’s dick over text while I was transferring her contacts.

She wouldn’t stop apologizing.

12. I’m not surprised.

Not Apple, but Verizon.

People would leave their phones and go to do other shopping while we transferred data and such.

I had a co-worker who had 100% accuracy when guessing if someone would have naked pictures of themselves.

It became a game fairly quickly.

11. Someone’s idea of a joke.

I work at an apple store! We see a lot of weird shit. Once when I was a specialist, I went to go demo an iPad mini to someone.

Turn on the screen and BAM, penis as the lock screen wallpaper. They did not end up buying the iPad mini.

10. So much porn.

Once, one of the Experts had a guy come in wanting help with an iMovie project. Not exactly part of their expertise, but Expert (female) wanted to help and no Family Room people were available so she said sure. The guy had 5 hours worth of home made porn that he wanted to edit together into his own home porno.

Another Genius told me that he had a guy come in for his iPad because his data wasn’t working anymore. After a bunch of troubleshooting, it seems the problem lay with his carrier and his outstanding $6000+ bill he had in going over his data limits. What was he doing with all his data? All the gay porn.

And of course, all the obligatory dick, vag and boob pics of SOs while they are standing right there.

9. I guess the daughter doesn’t need to come out now.

I worked as a specialist and was good friends with some people at the genius bar. One time a mother came to pick up her daughters laptop from the genius bar after a data transfer from her old computer.

When the genius’s brought the computer out from the back room she rudely insisted that she goes through the computer while still at the genius bar to make sure everything was transferred.

They started going through the photos and the mother stumbled upon a photo album of a her daughter with 3 or 4 other girls in a lesbian orgy. She immediately closed the computer and left the apple store in tears.

8. The biggest downside of the internet.

I don’t work in an apple store, but I went through the iMessages on one of the store iPhones.

Someone was sending really nasty, mean texts to someone they obviously didn’t like with an anonymous number.

If you’re going to be an asshole, at least own up to it.

7. Noooo worst day of work.

I’ve got some Apple store stories.

I used to be a Genius for a few years and a man came in with a non-functioning iPhone. When I asked him what was wrong he said “I don’t know man, just woke up and it won’t turn on.” Upon further questioning it came up that he had been drinking the night before, and it might have had something to do with his problem.

I started to check for liquid damage thinking he might have spilled a drink on it inadvertently, and that’s when the stench hit me…(as a side note, you need to get your face really close to the phone to look at the liquid damage sensors in an iPhone). What I had only now began to smell was the odor of stale piss.

This dude had somehow soaked his phone in urine and gave it to me to try to get replaced. Needless to say he did not get a new phone. Ruined my day.

6. Folks…why?

I manage a Cricket store. Had a guy come in to pay a bill, turns out I was in the same clinic with him in Virginia a few years back when I was ill. I lingered by the iPhones as he left and he just said, deadpan: “oh hey bruh you might want to wipe that man, I Googled the word “nutsack” on there.”

He was at that phone for 10 seconds, tops. No pictures, he just said hello, walked over to the phone, Googled the word “nutsack” and closed the screen and walked away.

5. Why would she bring her mom?

Former employee. A girl brought in her own laptop because it was running real slow. Hard drive was basically full with all sorts of animal porn.

This girl was like 16 years old, we live in a pretty wealthy area outside New York City. When she returned to pick up the computer, she brought her mother with her. One of those real snooty upper class types.

My friend was actually the genius that worked on her computer and he originally planned to be straight with this girl and tell her she had way too much porn on the ol’ iBook, but with mommy dearest around he just had to tell her that there were “a lot of pictures on the hard drive” along with other issues.

4. What an accomplishment.

Not at Apple, but I work for Sprint. Some guy managed to take a picture of himself without his shirt on with a store phone. He didn’t send it, he took it. Somehow we didn’t notice, but I know it was taken there because the rest of the store was in the background

3. Man that is random.

I’ve seen some weird shit before.

One time someone FaceTimed one of the iPads I was cleaning. Another specialist and I answered it. It was a very large hispanic lady with a shirt not quite covering all of her belly. i informed her that she called a demo iPad (someone clearly logged in with their Apple ID). She asked if we still wanted to talk. We didn’t.

Also, various people who don’t belong on demo backgrounds.

2. Probably a common tale.

I used to work as a specialist in a mall store. One time a man came in, and said that the internet wasn’t working on his phone.

So I said the ol’ “Let’s find out together” line, and I open the dude’s phone. The guy was like a 60-ish aged white guy, I’m a late 20s-aged gal…

I open his Safari, and go to a website. He just didn’t know how to do it. Then he asks me how to search, and the ONLY thing in his history is “interracial porn.”

I looked at his Asian wife, looked at him, he looked at me, and it was the longest 10 seconds of all of our lives.

1. I…have nothing to say.

creative of 7 years, recently promoted to full time customer. my job was to train old people how to use macs, one hour at a time. one lady in particular comes to mind, her husband had recently passed so she came in weekly for lessons, but also maybe to make her mind off things?

A few weeks in a row however, she would bring up iphoto and find a picture of her late husband and start crying. this happened for a few weeks – until one week it was pictures of her and her husband naked in bed – but someone else was taking pictures.

This time it was tears of joy as she explained that it was her SON TAKING THE PICTURES because he thought they looked beautiful.

I am rolling!

I’m also checking the histories and photos on my phone. Just in case.