Someone hands you their phone to show you a picture, do you look at it and then hand it back, or do you swipe to see what else is on that sucker? The following are 7 of the best stories from people who accidentally found insanely embarrassing content on other people's devices.
1. Chris Potter, who pulled someone's content out of the closet.
I was in college, living in a duplex next door to 3 attractive college girls.
Well, one had received a used laptop from her boyfriend, but it was terribly slow and she was hoping I could figure out a way to speed it up. I ran malware scans, checked the registry, and then realized the OS drive was fairly overloaded with data. I asked her if she minded that I delete some files to free up space for virtual memory, and she agreed, but wanted to make sure I didn't delete anything important, so she sat with me and we went through various folders.
One was filled with video files with random alphanumeric titles. This was back before computers would show a preview icon, so I double clicked on one to see what it was.
Apparently her BF had a thing for hardcore gay male porn.
I don't know what happened between them thereafter, but oh to be a fly on the wall during that conversation…
2. Asha Tampa, who gives a good reason to never pal around with your co-workers.
A few years ago a bunch of colleagues went out on a team outing and ended up taking a lot of pictures. The next day, back in office, we were all swapping pictures taken from our phones when my friend decided to plug the phones into his office computer so we could see the photos on a bigger screen. One colleague had taken a LOT of pictures and she willingly gave us her phone to transfer the pics (maybe she forgot what she had in there?). We plugged the phone into the computer and started going through the pictures one by one, in slideshow mode. The quality was good and we got so engrossed that we had inched closer to the screen, when suddenly, almost like a scream, her boyfriend’s picture was splashed on the 21-inch monitor in all his hairy glory. That wasn’t all - he had decided to send her a picture in the Superman pose.
Without any clothes on. The girls broke down into fits of laughter while our guy friend stared at the screen in shock. We immediately disconnected her phone and gave it back to her before she found out what we had found out.
To this day I can’t see a Superman poster without remembering that incident.
3. Robert Hollander whose phone hid a butt-load of medical data.
About six months ago, I was having a lot of problems with gas and constipation for no apparent reason. By the time I went to the doctor about it, I knew I had the problem for a long time but I really didn't remember when it began. Was it a month or did it just seem like a month? The answers are important because something long-term could indicate the need to see a specialist and undergo a series of expensive and uncomfortable tests.
I decided that it would be wise to document the “situation” to make sure I was getting consistently better and that it wasn’t just hopeful thinking on my part. Such information would be of particular value if the need arose to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist.
The way I did this was to use my cell phone and take a photograph of every bowel movement before I cluttered the toilet with toilet paper. I did this for close to two weeks before I concluded that I no longer had a problem and decided to stop taking photos.
Without getting into any more detail, let me summarized by saying that I had collected something in the neighborhood of 30 or 40 photos before I concluded that everything was back to normal. Like a lot of the photos on my cell phone, I forgot about them.
About a month later, I was hanging out with a friend of mine. I was telling him about a female friend I had met who I thought was very attractive. He asked me if I had any photos of her. Without really thinking about what I was doing, I found one on my phone and handed my phone to him so he could see it better.
I had forgotten that a lot of people have the habit of swiping across a photo so that they can see other photos on the phone. He did exactly that and after a few swipes, before I realized what he was doing, he came across my collection of bowel movements.
Trying to explain to him why I had those photos on my phone was a bit embarrassing. Needless to say, as soon as I got back to my PC, I removed all of those photos and put them in a file folder on my PC in my main “MEDICAL” file folder.
4. Mehak Nayak, who accidentally embarrassed her uncle in front of all her elders in India.
This happened when I was 10, around 7 years ago. I was dumb and naïve.
One day my uncle (chacha) came to our home from village and his marriage was due in a month or so. There was a happy ambiance and the elders were talking about the arrangements.
I was getting bored so I asked him for his phone, I wanted to play, of course. He gave it to me. But soon I realised that he didn't have anything even remotely interesting in his phone so I started scrolling through his gallery. Sure enough, all I found was stupid mirror selfies and pictures of bikes.
But then at the end of it, there was a folder named X, I opened it. Another folder. I opened that. Another folder! This went for around 10 folders and finally what this 10 year old girl saw, shocked her. Hundreds of pictures of naked women! Not secretly taken though, these women were posing. (He probably got em from the internet?)
But in all honesty, I was more amused than shocked. I had seen naked women before (horrible memory, lol) but never thought that they let themselves get photographed! So after going through all the pictures I went to the room where all of the elders were seated and showed the images to each one of them as I laughed hysterically.
I vividly remember, at first my uncle didn't realise what I was showing to the others. When my mother's turn came to see the pictures, she looked at the phone, then at me, then at uncle, then back at the phone, and calmly said, “I don't understand what you're showing, give the phone back to him.”
This was the moment his eyes widened and he realised what I'd done.
Needless to say, a very awkward silence followed and my mom doesn't like him any longer. He is infamously tagged the black sheep of the family.
5. Ross Trittipo, who really knows how to cleanse the palate before dessert.
Gross out story coming. You’ve been warned.
My wife’s sister and her husband were at another couple’s house eating dinner and hanging out.
After dinner, the four of them were sitting in the living room relaxing and talking. Just to have something to look at, the wife grabbed her husband’s phone and screencast it to the television using their Apple TV setup.
As the screencast cycled through the images on the guy’s phone, they were all shocked to see a couple photos of his big, hairy, spread-cheeked butt, with a particular emphasis right on his B-hole.
Yeah, I know it’s gross. I’m sorry.
They all start screaming and laughing and dry-heaving, and the guy was so thoroughly embarrassed he was turning beet red and almost crying in shame.
His wife was like, “WHAT THE HECK?”
But all he could do was stutter and mutter and murmur. The poor guy was absolutely mortified.
It turns out, he had suspected he might have a hemorrhoid, but was too embarrassed to ask his wife to look. And since he couldn’t see very well when he had tried using mirrors, he’d decided to take a couple photos with his iPhone.
So he’d spread his cheeks apart with one hand and taken the pictures with his other hand.
He’d simply forgotten the photos were on his phone, and the rest is history.
Several years ago when I was in high school there was this odd foreign exchange Chinese guy who was interested in me. He would sometimes “run into me” after class and walk with me to the bus stop or he gave me chocolates on my birthday although I had never told him when it was.
One day when he was sitting next to me he pulled out his phone and started entering the unlock code. Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a familiar set of digits, but wasn't quite sure.
A few weeks later, we were both sitting at the library and he left to go to the bathroom, leaving his phone. I decided to give it a try, and whattya know, my birthday unlocked the phone. Unfortunately he came back very quickly and turned red to see me with his unlocked phone. We shared a small awkward moment but he quickly changed the subject :)
7. And finally, Ike Davis, a certified computer tech who just wanted to help out an elderly lady.
I just wanted to help out an old lady with her cellphone. She needed her pictures backed up because the phone was only turning on intermittently.
I did not ask to see a gig of amateur porn featuring … her.
Worse, she had effectively planted it there for me to find, although she didn’t say this. I could tell by the way she behaved around me. It seems she enjoyed the swinger lifestyle.