Tech Support People Are Sharing The Worst Horror Cases That Ruined Their Day (98 New Pics)

There is a legendary phrase from one of our favorite shows, ‘The IT Crowd,’ that we absolutely love. The members of the IT department pick up the phone and immediately ask, “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” And it encapsulates the essence of tech support in just 9 simple words!

However, what they have to deal with pales in comparison to real-life professionals. The r/techsupportgore subreddit is a fantastic place that’s dedicated to documenting the very worst things that tech support peeps have ever had to deal with while on the job. We’ve collected some of their most hilarious and bizarre posts to share with you, so don’t be shy, scroll down. Oh, and this post might convince you to treat your IT crew to lunch—they really do deserve it.

#1 Coworker Said She Would Only Accept An Official Apple Mouse So I Dug This Out Of Storage And Left It On Her Desk

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#2 "Structural" Cabling

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#3 Xfinity Came Out And Installed Cable In A New Room. This Is How They Did It

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The r/techsupportgore online community has been around for more than a decade. It has its roots in early 2012 when it was first created. Recently, it celebrated its 11th birthday as a subreddit. And in that time, it has grown to immense proportions.

At the time of writing, the sub had nearly 592k members who adore the memes and jokes that surround IT staff members in their day-to-day lives. Namely, wires, wires, and more wires!

#4 Spilled Acetone On My Laptop And Now It's Mocking Me

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#5 When You Don’t Listen To Your Parents, When They Tell You Too Keep The Music Down

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#6 Business Grade Is Usually 48+ Ports. Need 44 More Of These

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The moderator team running the community notes that members will “cringe to the brink of passing out after a few minutes looking at this subreddit.” They add that the group isn’t meant for, you know, actual tech support.

If you need urgent help or some friendly advice, there are other subreddits and places on the internet where you can go. One place that’s very useful is r/techsupport. (Though do actually restart your device and see if that clears any issues up before you reach out to them.)

#7 Wall Anchors

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#8 Laptop Screen "Upgrade"

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#9 Yo

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Meanwhile, r/techsupportgore is about having fun while posting mind-melting pics of tech gone wild. The keyword here is ‘fun.’

Before you start posting every single IT-related pic you’ve found while scrolling your social media feeds, there are a few rules that you have to be aware of. And if you plan on being a long-term member of r/techsupportgore, instead of just passing through, you have to keep them in mind.

#10 Customer Told Me They Were "Tired Of Hearing The Vibrations"

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#11 Someone Found This By Magnet Fishing In A Lake

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#12 I've Tried Putting It In Rice But It Hasn't Helped. Any Ideas?

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For instance, you shouldn’t post photos of devices with cracked screens. They’re incredibly common in real-life and don’t count as ‘gore’ in this context. What’s more, computers coated in dust also usually aren’t ‘bad enough’ to warrant being shared on r/techsupportgore.

Meanwhile, the community also values short-format videos. Namely, you shouldn’t post videos that are longer than 30 seconds. “This is plenty of time to show what needs to be shown,” the mods explain.

#13 Modern Flip Phones Are So Revolutionary, It's Now Hitting The Gpu Market At Well

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#14 My Mom Hasn't Cleaned Her Computer Since The Day She Got It, And She Got It 6 Years Ago

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#15 The Network Installation At My Job. It Is As Stable As You Think

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While it seems slightly silly (and maybe even magical at times) that restarting your device helps solve some of the issues you’re having, there’s some solid logic hiding behind that. According to ‘Acronyms,’ when there’s an issue with modern computers, it’s usually because one of the programs is struggling or “two conflicting commands” confuse the machine.

So when you turn it off and on again, you’re resetting the device to its initial state. Everything starts over again, completely fresh.

#16 The Things You Find Working A Helpdesk Job At A Failing University

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#17 Came Across This Atrocity

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#18 What Horrors Were On This Drive?

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A while ago, redditor u/Coffeechipmunk, one of the moderators running r/techsupportgore, opened up to Bored Panda about the community.

“I feel like the community has grown different tastes for the subreddit over time, for sure. For a while, cable gore was boring, cracked screens, etc. Now? Bad wiring is loved,” they told us during an earlier interview.

#19 The New Shielded Twisted Pair Cat 7

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#20 ‘How Do I Turn Off Sticky Keys?’

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#21 Ftp "Server" In A Client's Mop And Broom Closet

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According to the mod, the foundations of the sub are built on the idea that the community is meant for sharing “stuff in the tech support or IT field that's a computer comparable version of gore.” So instead of “a heart ripped out, it’s CPU pins.” The mod quipped: “Slightly less awful.”

Redditor u/Coffeechipmunk told Bored Panda that some of the worst cases of tech gore that they’ve seen include devices “with bugs in it” which they think are “the worst.” Among the top worst cases is also “the guy who got a laptop full of milk.”

#22 Touch Grass

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#23 Is This How Monitor Arms Work?

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#24 I Can’t Believe I Work Here

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During another interview, the moderator told Bored Panda that a lot of the content shared by members of the sub “does rather well.” The only exceptions are when people actually try to get real tech support.

Meanwhile, the reason for the subreddit’s continued success is just how fun it is. “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,” the moderator said.

#25 Imagine The Smell

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#26 Someone On Fb Posted This After Saying His Charger Kept Getting Taken At Work

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#27 I Think My Psu Has Some Kind Of Error

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We are big fans of the subreddit here at Bored Panda, and we’ve been following its growth over the years. For some more recent features about r/techsupportgore, check out our earlier article here and here, as well as here, here, and here.

#28 Ah Yes The Best Nas

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#29 I Replaced The Ssd And Mixed Up Some Screws

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#30 Oops

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Which of these tech disasters made you facepalm the most, Pandas? Have you ever had to deal with anything even remotely similar? Do you work in tech support and have you ever seen something like this with your own two eyes? You can share your opinions and experiences in the comments. And remember: before asking for help, try turning it off and on again!

#31 My Mother's College Laptop, Which Still Works And She Completed Her Semester On It. She Refuses To Get Rid Of It Or Try To Fix It

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#32 Welp

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#33 Serious Question: When Do You Guys Start Disciplining People For Damaging Company Property?

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#34 Rtx 3080 Ultimate Gore Cooling Edition

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#35 Running The Front Desk Phone And Internet

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#36 Bonfire Lit

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#37 The Ceiling Leaked All Over The Computers At Work

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#38 Self Melting LCD

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#39 This Cool Asus Device Allows 2 External Displays. Theoretically

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#40 Dual Channel Doesn't Work

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#41 I'm Getting Tetanus From Looking At That

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#42 Ticket Said "Second Monitor Stopped Working"

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#43 "My Son Wants To Get In It Too! He's Already Connected The Wire For You" Client While Mounting Access Point In The Office

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#44 Burn In So Bad, You Can See The Colors Of The Original Image

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#45 Customer Forgot The Electric Stove Was Still On

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#46 Thats Peak Explosion Risk

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#47 Just Delidded My First Cpu, How Did I Do?

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#48 Just A Friendly Reminder Not To Leave Your Laptop In Your Car When It's 0° Overnight. Yes That's Condensation

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#49 Lenovo Claimed "Water Damage"

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#50 Farewell Rickety Rack, You May Be Cheap And Nasty But You Did The Job

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#51 Co-Worker Decided To Wipe The Monitor With Clorox Bleach Wipes

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#52 Customer: My Laptop Turns Off After One Or Two Minutes After I Press Turn On Button. We Diagnosed Laptop, And Found That After Few Seconds, Vent Of The Laptop Gets To 75°c So, Opened A Laptop And Found "Piece Of Carpet" (Brand: Cat&human Carpets) Blocking The Cooler

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#53 Mullet PC, Business In Front And Party In The Back

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#54 I Present To You This. They Put It Inside An Oven, Forgot About It And Then Turned The Oven On

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#55 Can You Spot The Previous Technicians Mistake? Phone Just Came In And Won't Turn On. Customer Is Complaining About The Phone Getting Hot

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#56 "Scratches At A Level 6 And Deeper Groves At A Level 7"

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#57 Roomies Somehow Managed To Break This Off

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#58 "I Don't Know Why, But The Vga Port Not Working "

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#59 We Still Don't Know The Full Story Behind This. It Was Left On The Av Repair Desk At A School District. I Was Actually Able To Get The Motherboard Running In A Different Chassis And Pull The Serial Number. The Tech At The School That Serial Belonged To Said They Didn't Know About It

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#60 Im Scared To Fine Out Whats Inside

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#61 Fan Failure

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#62 Customer Complained About Poor Internet Connection. Patch Cable Sitting On The Electric Baseboard Heater Just Miiiiggggghhhhtt Have Been The Issue

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#63 A Friend Of Mine Asked Me If I Could Look At The Gas Boiler Because It No Longer Produced Hot Water

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#64 Client States Laptop Behaves Erratic When Plugged Into USB C Dock... Found Yer Issue

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#65 The Things You Have To Do To Keep The Xbox From Overheating

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#66 Almost Time To Say Goodbye To The Old Ericcson Pabx , Worked Hard For The Last 20+ Years

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#67 Spicy Pillow

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#68 A Little Accident

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#69 Ooooh! Fluffy Pillow!

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#70 Riddle Me This: What Happens If You Touch Ground Connector On Both Sockets Simultaneously?

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#71 Airflow Improved

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#72 We Paid Someone For This

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#73 I Proudly Present The Rs232 Unfukker 3000

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#74 That Remote Is The Best Thing I've Ever Seen

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#75 Well There’s The Problem

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#76 Friend Of Mine Wanted Replace His Thermal Paste.. Assured Me I Don't Need To Come Over Bc He Knows Where It Goes

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#77 Breaker Keeps Tripping

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#78 Proprietary Connectors Be Damned

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#79 I Was Called Into Work Because Our Voip Phones Were Down And Passed By This…

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#80 Just Found Out A Sales Rep’s Laptop Has This Going On. I Freaked And Told Them It Needs To Leave The Building And Shouldn’t Be Used. Was Told They’ll Just Order A Battery I Shouldn’t Start A “Panic” Meanwhile She Brings This Thing Home And Told Me She Leaves It In Bed And On The Couch. Wtf

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#81 USB3 Connector

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#82 Pimp My Dell

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#83 220v Poe Injectior

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#84 Given Enough Time, The Head Can Cut All The Way Through The Platter

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#85 Lost The M2 Screw

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#86 Colleague’s “Perfectly Fine” Rj45 Termination

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#87 My Cities Xmas Lights Display Power Distribution. 2 Of About 50 Like This

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#88 Opened Up A Calculator To See This

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#89 Dear Oems, Stop Trying To Water Cool Things As You Suck At It. $3000 Zotac Magnus' Failed Cooling System Teardown

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#90 Short Range Taser. I Will Not Be Taking Questions

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#91 I Use This To Play Steam

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#92 Nailed It!

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#93 Has Anyone Seen My Dos Boot Disk?

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#94 Well, That Explains Why My Hotel Room Remote Only Works When It Wants To

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#95 Somehow It Still Boots

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#96 Case Got Slammed So Hard In Shipping The Cpu Dented The Heatsink

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#97 The Amount Of Disassembly Required To Replace The Hard-Drive In A Cheapo Walmart Hp Laptop

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#98 Wiped The Drive

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#99 The Amount Of Disassembly Required To Replace The Hard-Drive In A Cheapo Walmart Hp Laptop

#100 You Win Some, You Lose... One. One Pin That Is

#101 Mullet PC, Business In Front And Party In The Back

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