11-Year-Old Destroys $36,000 Worth Of MacBooks By Peeing On Them

If smoking near your computer turns it into a biohazard, what does urinating on it do? According to local police, a Pennsylvania elementary school found out when an 11-year-old student emptied his bladder on a cart full of MacBooks. This hilarious prank destroyed more than $36,000 worth of computers.

The boy was turned over to the juvenile justice system, charged with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief.

Boy urinates on school computers, causes $36,000 in damages, Upper Allen police say [PennLive] (via a Cult of Mac post by long-ago Consumerist alum John Brownlee)

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  1. NaOH says:

    What a little asshole.

  2. suburbancowboy says:

    He’s a Pee See.

  3. incident man stole my avatar says:

    don’t know which applies more: Oingo Boingo’s Only a Lad or Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy but the parents better do sometihng quick

  4. AstroWorn2010 says:

    What a pisser!

  5. Coffee says:

    Oh hai, parents…your 11-year-old is in fifth or sixth grade, meaning that unless he’s severely developmentally disabled, he knew what he was doing. Guess who should be stuck with the bill? You! :D

    • Coleoptera Girl says:

      If the taxpayers end up paying for them, I’m going to be so angry I might split my exoskeleton! D:

    • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

      Or, possibly, the parents’ homeowner’s insurance policy. If YOU vandalize property, it’s not covered (because it’s an intentional act by the insured), but there’s often coverage for vanadlism by your minor children.

  6. HowardRoarksTSquare says:

    I hope the parents have to pay the whole thing – don’t have the money to do so and their wages are garnished.

    • Thyme for an edit button says:

      Why should the parents have to pay for this?

      They didn’t pee on any computers.

      • HowardRoarksTSquare says:

        Because it’s their child – and since the child can’t come up with the money to replace the damaged items the parents should.

        And the tax payer money shouldn’t be used to cover this. Bad enough people have to pay taxes for public education – they have to pay for things like this

        • Thyme for an edit button says:

          I guess it depends on the state.

          • amuro98 says:

            I’m pretty sure that every state holds the parents or guardians responsible for the child’s actions until that child turns 18.

            So, if the kid destroyed the laptops, the parents have to pay.

      • Jawaka says:

        Their kid is their responsibility.

        • JennQPublic says:

          If this happened at school, wouldn’t supervising him have been the school’s responsibility?

  7. Youngfrankenstein says:

    That’s really too bad. Kids make dumb choices. These things aren’t always malicious. Ugh…this story makes me sad.

    • redskull says:

      Pissing on a cart full of MacBooks sounds pretty malicious to me. What did he think would happen, “watering” them would grow some more?

      • consumerd says:

        the bad part is, some kids would probably think that. Another theory was if a parent says “Piss on it” I can see how this could be interpreted to a 11 year old. There was something like this that happend in a circuit city once. Kid kept complaining that he had to go to the bathroom, mom thought he was playing, finally he whipped it out and peed in the aisle blowing out a floor outlet and damaged several casio keyboards (piano) at the time from a power surge. I would say the mother of that kid learned an important lesson that day.

    • RvLeshrac says:

      These things are ALWAYS malicious. The “kids will be kids” bullshit has to stop.

    • njack says:

      So intentionally peeing on a stack of computers isn’t always malicious? SRSLY?

    • Youngfrankenstein says:

      You can crab at me all you like. Kids do dumb things. They don’t use the sense they have. Don’t you remember doing something stupid as a kid? Why did you do it? Because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

      Please don’t let this devolve into me saying “kids will be kids and therefore we just shrug and walk away”. The child needs to be punished….but arrested?

      • Verdant Pine Trees says:

        There could be a more useful way of him paying for all the damage he did, like having to give up one weekend day for public service for an entire year (volunteering in a soup kitchen, cleaning toilets in a senior’s home, delivering hot meals, etc.). Particularly if he can be expected to work in a poorer neighborhood where they don’t have Macbooks.

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      As a teacher, I can assure you that things like this are always malicious. Kids who do things like that are never innocent. Their parents are usually assholes who defend their child’s actions to the death and blame the school.

  8. Blueskylaw says:

    School officials just leave cart fulls of MacBooks
    laying around, unlocked with nobody watching them?

    • Hi_Hello says:

      even if it was locked, it could be in a wire cage so you can still pee on it.

      • Blueskylaw says:

        What if it was a Faraday Cage?

        • gigwave says:

          We have locked laptop carts that charge the laptops two at a time for 15 minute intervals while they are plugged in. Keeps everthing nice and charged without blowing any circuits trying to charge all of them at once.

  9. JTG says:

    I find it difficult to believe that ~18-25 computers were “destroyed,” i.e. rendered unusable by urine. For one thing, if they were closed there should have been only a limited chance of reaching any of the internal to cause damage.

    • Coleoptera Girl says:

      Urine is a bodily fluid. It wouldn’t surprise me if the school system decided to junk the macbooks because of the hazard bodily fluids can pose. I’m not saying it’s right, just saying that might be the reasoning.

      • RvLeshrac says:

        Urine is filled with salt, which will damn sure destroy electronics. The traces will rust, and the batteries may now be hazardous.

        That’s on top of the fact that they’re now biological hazardous waste.

      • pot_roast says:

        urine is considered hazardous material. read the article.

        • chargernj says:

          Urine from a health person is pretty close to sterile due to the ammonia content. Sure it smells but that’s about it. Also, I used to drive for a portable toilet company, if urine (and feces for that matter) were considered to be hazardous material we would have been required by federal law to display placards on our trucks.

          Something can be gross and disgusting without meeting the actual definition of HAZMAT.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      And if they were off, there’s nothing a few cleaning chemicals and desiccants can’t fix

    • BigDragon says:

      Exactly! It’s more likely that the school system with its unlimited resources and captive, piggy bank-like taxpayers decided it would be swell to send even more money Apple’s way. Pretty typical of Apple fanatics really.

      I think the school system should invest in some Panasonic Tough Books or Motion Computing J3440s. It is an egregious waste of taxpayer resources to keep handing out macbooks, ipads, and other Apple products to children. Let their parents buy them netbook PCs for a fraction of the cost.

  10. MCerberus says:

    I’m going to call BS on someone in this story: 1. hardware doesn’t just explode when it comes into contact with liquid. Laptops haven’t died from a single glass of water with any sort of reliability since the 90s.

    2. Assuming that a *school* can’t get a discount, that’s them writing off 18 laptops. That 11 year old sure has a large bladder for his age. This is, again, assuming that the school didn’t buy the macbooks with liquid-activated self-destruct.

    • Kate says:

      The point is Apple won’t touch equipment that has pee on it, so nobody can fix them.

      Which does seem unbelievable that one kid’s pee could hit that many computers in a pile

      Who piles up expensive computers anyway? Why weren’t they in a locked room/cabinet?

      • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

        Apple employees aren’t the only people who can fix a Mac.

        If they are planning to just dipose of them, I’d be happy to take them.

        • Coleoptera Girl says:

          Agreed! I’d have no problem taking a peed-on macbook, maybe one from the middle of the stack!

      • MCerberus says:

        So the school’s IT team won’t touch them because they’re icky?
        If there is a true story here, it’s either ‘small amount of liquid can permanently disable apple product’ or ‘stupid reason why school throws away laptops’.

        • Coleoptera Girl says:

          I’m pretty sure that school IT just handles software issues, not hardware… I could be wrong, though.

      • CommonSense(ಠ_ಠ) says:

        That is insane.
        It is just pee and I cannot see how it got inside the laptops.
        So now instead of just cleaning them, they will scrap perfectly good laptops?

    • ole1845 says:

      I agree. This story is BS or the school is WAY overreacting. “Pee touched a laptop! It’s DESTROYED”. How about wiping the pee off with some sort of cleaning product. My gosh, I guarantee you students pick their noses and their butts and touch the laptops.

    • GirlWithGloves says:

      Laptops haven’t died from a single glass of water? Really? Mine did, bought in 2008. Don’t leave (open) laptops on coffee tables with a glass of water and an over-excited dog all nearby.

      • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

        Does is happen? Sure. But not often. Many computers recover from bouts with water. Unfortunately, you had some bad luck.

        • GirlWithGloves says:

          Yep, we tried to fix it, dry it, drain it. Full tall glass, soaked it all. Keep the new better laptop away from dog and cups now.

          • Razor512 says:

            did you take it apart completely to dry the parts, if not then guess why it did not work

      • MCerberus says:

        Working first-hand from my friends, family, and work.
        Samsung media laptop, mom freaked out over coffee. Fine
        2003 Dell PoS laptop. Assumed defective from water contact, friend just managed to have it riddled with viruses. Fixed with system wipe.
        Laptops from work that I’ve had to scrap because of liquid contact: 1 in I don’t know.
        Acer x14, tower, but has a very wide-open vent system and small profile allowing a spill to get to the motherboard. Spent 2 hours cleaning the fan but fine.

        • RvLeshrac says:

          The traces will rapidly decompose because this is salt water.

          Additionally, your “friends” are morons. They didn’t spill anything on their machines, or perhaps spilled water on the keyboard tray, which is usually designed to prevent at least small amounts of liquid from reaching the board.

          The cherry on top is that these notebooks are now covered in biological hazardous waste, and must be disposed of. Pissing on them is exactly the same as bleeding on them, as far as the law is concerned.

          • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

            “these notebooks are now covered in biological hazardous waste, and must be disposed of. Pissing on them is exactly the same as bleeding on them, as far as the law is concerned.”

            So any time I bleed on something, I have to dispose of it? Could you cite the relevant law, because I’m not familiar with it.

            • David in Brasil says:

              I don’t have the law, you can look it up yourself. I think it was part of the ADA, but not sure. My ex sister-in-law made quite a cottage industry by packaging bio spill cleanup kits for small businesses because the law said that vomit, poo, etc., must be treated as a biohazard.

              • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

                Treated as a biohazard, sure. But throwing away everything it comes into contact with, no.

  11. Hi_Hello says:

    there is sooo many things wrong here.

    i wonder why did he do it.

    how was he able to do it
    how many computers are we talking about?

    I would’ve just removed the battery, hose them down. and let it dry. See how many will still work.

  12. Costner says:

    In his defense, the other kids had told him the Macbooks were just upgraded to OSX Bear Grylls… and he was just giving Bear what Bear wants.

  13. Kuri says:

    So he peed on just one of them?

  14. Jubei says:

    So that’s what, 3 or 4 Macbooks?

    Just kidding (mostly).

    • Velifer says:

      YEAH, if those were PCs running *nix there wouldn’t be any noticeable damage at all, after they download and compile peefree.exe for their architecture.

      Staaart the religious waaaar!

  15. crispyduck13 says:

    As someone who lives one township over I am so sick and tired of hearing about this story. The information on the story is totally insufficient, and I want to know why the hell an 11 year old child can be charged with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief for peeing on something, no matter how valuable that thing may be. Does an 11 year old even have a concept of the monetary value of a computer?

    Also, can’t forget that mandatory “why is this a consumer issue?”

    • MCerberus says:

      Like it’s being discussed, this has a lot of implications for the durability of apple products…
      If this isn’t some degree of crank.

    • Youngfrankenstein says:

      This is a thoughtful reply. I have 2 sons, 11 & 12 and while certainly they would “know” it’s wrong, it doesn’t always keep kids from overpowering their dumbz.

    • Coffee says:

      Yes. They do. An 11-year-old is in fifth or sixth grade. Having subbed K-8 for a couple years when I was younger, I can tell you from a wide sample size of children that an 11-year-old damned well knows not to urinate on computers, and that they’re worth a lot of money. A kid that age would have to have some sort of developmental problem to not recognize that.

      • crispyduck13 says:

        Ok, that is fair, now I know. But still, criminal charges? Juvy? National news headlines? Does anyone know if he does indeed have mental problems?

        The whole thing just seems very odd.

        • njack says:

          Yeah, criminal charges seem a bit steep. Back when I was a kid we’d just get a good smack. Oh wait, kids parents these days would file criminal charges if a school administrator smacked their kid. Seems like bringing in the juvenile justice system is the right move.

        • Coffee says:

          Oh, I agree on that…the kid may have been cognizant of the difference between right and wrong, but 11-year-olds can be impulsive and stupid. Getting the ball rolling on his young career as a documented criminal seems unnecessary.

        • Pagan wants a +1 button says:

          We used to have a bunch of lovely hopes for humanity who roamed the neighborhood in a pack, urinating on people’s cars, lawns and driveways. The police came by to ask us to call if we saw them and told us that “inappropriate and/or public urination” is considered a warning sign of sexual dysfunction.

          I spotted one of them unzipping his fly to relieve himself in my front yard in the dead of winter once. Yelled at him to knock it off and he pissed all down his leg. Never did see him again, now that I think of it.

    • Doubting thomas says:

      My 7 year old son can tell you how much a new laptop costs and certainly knows better than to pee on one.

    • RvLeshrac says:

      Can we stop pretending that children don’t know the difference between right and wrong? Especially an 11 year old.

      • RayanneGraff says:

        No kidding. Unless he’s developmentally disabled in some way, this is absolutely inexcusable. I remember being 11, and I sure as hell knew that doing something like this would be wrong. And I’ve got asperger’s too! There’s just NO excuse.

    • BigDragon says:

      This boy needs to face life in prison for what he did. Those were Apple MacBooks. APPLE MACBOOKS!!! Peeing on those is worse than burning down a hospital!

    • Daggertrout says:

      Does an 11 year old not have the concept of where it is and isn’t appropriate to urinate?

      I’m pretty sure that’s something you learn before you even start school, that you make your poops and peeps in the potty. Or a bush, but then only when you’re camping.

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      My nine-year old knows that computers are expensive. She would definitely know that peeing on a computer is wrong and could destroy it. Unless the child has mental disability, he would know. The kid is just an asshole, and so are his parents for raising such a turd.

      So sick of the excuses for kids who certainly know better.

  16. JohnDeere says:

    i dropped my phone in the toilet. put it in a bag of rice. good as new…..

    • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

      I spilled almost a full cup of coffee on my brand new Dell Inspiron 6000 back in 02/06… tipped it upside down, let it dry out, changed the keyboard and it still runs tops 6 years later.

      What the school SHOULD do is sell the computers “as is” and recoup some of their money. A lot of people wouldn’t mind a lightly pissed on Macbook for a good price.

      • Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

        Your Dell is still running 6 years later? I take very good care of my computers and My and my boyfriend’s dells lasted us both 2 years.

        • Sian says:

          Your definition of taking good care of computers must not resemble mine.

          *still using alienware laptop he bought in 2003*

          • MCerberus says:

            I still have a functioning Athlon XP64 single-core box. I don’t know why I keep it, but it, its Radeon 9100, and half-gig of ram have served me well.

          • jefeloco says:

            I built a gaming rig in 2002 that my mother in law is now using to this day, and that lady plays a mad amount of solitaire every day; and the other rig that I built for my wife in 2004 is still going strong as a basic internet-email-word processor box for my sister in law with no problems yet.

            I like to think that my early 2008 iMac is still amazing for its age but really it has nothing on those two boxes yet.

        • SabyneWired says:

          I retired it last Summer (finally), but I had a 7 year-old Inspiron 5100 that ran decently until the end. It needed a few minor repairs, but otherwise nothing major happened to it.

        • JohnDeere says:

          I have 4 dell laptops and 1 dell desktop. oldest is 8 years old. still working great. newest is still about 4 years old. i converted the desktop into a mame (multiple arcade machine emulator) machine. they all work good as new. i did have to replace a power supply on one of the laptops. its odd b/c it was the one that had a different design than the other 3 or i just would have used one of those.

        • RedOryx says:

          I bought my Dell desktop in 2007 and it still works great.

        • dks64 says:

          I have 3 Dell’s, 2 are over 6 years old, one is over 4. All still work. I always wonder how people break computers so fast. I don’t take the best care of my laptops (Toshibas on all 3), but 2 have lasted more than 4 years already. The 3rd only lasted 2, but only because the hinges on the screen went out. I had a BB warranty and got a brand new computer for no charge.

  17. Pete the Geek says:

    The boy is lucky that he didn’t get electrocuted! Laptop carts are deliberately designed to pack as many computer into as small a space as possible, so it is plausable he hit all of them. As for all the laptops being “destroyed”, exposure to urine makes them ineligible for repair service, it would not be practical to clean them and they can’t be resold. The laptop cart would also have been destroyed and is likely included in the quoted price.

    • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

      It wouldn’t be practical to clean them? If it happened to my laptop, I’d certainly clean it rather than throwing it away. It’s urine, not nuclear waste.

      • Firethorn says:

        Have the janitor do it while wearing the appropriate gloves with the appropriate cleaning tools – I’d likely go with a sponge dampened with an appropriate sterilization mix. Perhaps some of those wipes intended for cleaning LCD screens. You technically don’t even need soap, as everything in urine is water soluble already.

      • SamEBates says:

        Would you want to clean up someone else’s urine or blood? Often, school employees are union members and do not clean up biological waste.

        • chargernj says:

          So your school janitor never brought out the sawdust for when someone vomited?

          • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

            They used foul smelling green stuff in my school. It smelled far worse than the vomit, and caused more than one person to lose their lunch.

        • kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

          I have two young kids. I’ve cleaned up my share of blood, urine, and other bodily fluids/solids from other people.

          If you were bleeding in front of me, I’d definitely help clean and bandage the area and clean up the mess.

          Exercise caution? Sure. But cleaning up other people’s bio matter isn’t that big of a deal to me.

          Maybe the school employees aren’t willing to do it, but I’m not sure that it’s accurate to say that it’s not practical to clean them.

        • DCwiExplorer says:

          What does the possibility that employees may be members of a union have to do with anything? Prejudice much?

          • SamEBates says:

            Umm, maybe that it’s in their union rules that they are not required to clean up biological waste? I don’t see where prejudice comes into play there.

    • MCerberus says:

      I want to know who determined these as lost. Is the district required to retire all machines that can no longer be repaired by the manufacturer? Are they required to throw out everything that touches a bodily fluid because they will never be cleaned? Did the kid somehow manage a short on a computer rack that should, by all design, have surge switches and protectors, which my outlet IN MY BATHROOM would have saved the machines from?

      These are all very stupid things to think about.

      • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

        They were exposed to biological waste. You can’t bleach them and sanitize them properly as is required to do before you expose others to them. Some urine could have gotten in the nooks and crannies as well.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      *sings* Don’t…whiz…on…the…electric fence!

  18. Nowaxz says:

    Well, you know it’s not a black kid. Because, if it was, he’d be tried as an adult, charged with serious felonies, and his mug shot would be all over the news. But it’s vandalism and mischief. White kid.

  19. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    Hard to believe that he had enough pee to make ~30 *closed* laptops inoperable. I’d check to see who winds up with these damaged beyond repair laptops.

  20. u1itn0w2day says:

    Defective product from defective parents headed for the recycle bin.

    Even if this was a prank, pranks shouldnt’ cause thousands of dollars in physical damage. Actually a good prank should just hurt someone’s ego.

  21. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    If they were old MacBooks then is $36,000 the depreciated value? I they were new then it sounds like my school district – wait until end of term to get new equipment.

  22. Bluth_Cornballer says:

    Obviously another Microsoft fan boy.

  23. centurion says:

    I can’t beleive I’m first with this;

    He’s a real computer whizz!

  24. Captain Obvious says:

    I bet they were on fire from overheated batteries.

  25. bosozoku says:

    I’m calling dibs on the first Apple iPee personal portable urinal.

  26. njack says:

    So he peed on 10 computers?

  27. brinks says:

    The kid is clearly old enough to know better and he had malicious intent (unless all the bathrooms were locked or something). I hope he’s severely punished.

    I’d be afraid of what my mom would do if I did this. I WISH they’d call my mom and let her handle this…

  28. Judah says:

    You are seriously afraid of a little pee? For that much money have the 11 year old medically tested for diseases to certify the pee is hazard free.

  29. galligator says:

    don’t schools purchase accidental damage protection with these? It would only make sense considering they are giving 2000$ machines to 10 year olds…

  30. alexwade says:

    Maybe the boy thought it was the new pee game from Sega.

    http://www.reghardware.com/2012/05/01/sega_shakes_urinal_games_towards_shelves/

  31. CommonSense(ಠ_ಠ) says:

    I dont see how the computers go ruined from some pee while closed on a cart.
    They could have just wiped them off, them them sit outside for a few hours to ensure if anything did get inside (which I doubt) was dry and it would have been fine.

    In any case if he really did cause $36K in damage the parents should pay the school back as an 11 year old, if raised properly, should know better.
    Now if it were like a 7 year old, then it would be the schools fault for the lack of supervision.

  32. eezy-peezy says:

    No allowance for him until he is 35.

  33. Browsing says:

    How is this a consumer issue/article?

  34. Bodger says:

    Exactly how corrosive and toxic is piss and how badly made are MacBooks that they could be ‘destroyed’ so easily? Unless they were somehow powered on at the time it should take no more than a simple washdown with distilled water and a bit of washing-up liquid, a distilled water rinse, a gentle blow with clean compressed air, and a thorough drying to make things right. I’ve had computer systems go through building fires and subsequent spraying with firefighting chemicals that required simple cleaning by a disaster recovery company.

  35. atomoverride says:

    IT GUY = yep they are all ruined. ill just take a few home for PARTS….ill pay you 100$ each…..heh heh heh oh look theres macbooks on ebay for 500$. SWEET.

  36. BigDragon says:

    How often do 11-year old kids wash their hands after using the restroom? Not very often. I can say from experience that public school keyboards pick up all sorts of funk. Urine is the least of your worries given all the viruses and bacteria that accumulate there. There is no doubt that these machines would have acquired more urine on them over a semester of use than what they acquired from having a child pee on them one time. I doubt the school system would have reacted as harshly if the kid had peed on Windows PCs instead.

    Now we know damaging MacBooks at a public school is worse than bringing candy or soda on campus. Both are arrestable offenses these days.

  37. amuro98 says:

    Wow, the Consumerist’s article was longer than the actual article.

    Man, US journalism has really gone downhill.

  38. luusyphre says:

    And why was this $36,000 cart of MacBooks left unattended?

  39. Cobra4455 says:

    Why does this school have macbooks that seems like a exorbant waste of money.

  40. gman863 says:

    This kid was old enough to know what he was doing would cause severe damage.

    Stick the retard in a short bus class and give him a slate and some chalk as his “computer”.

  41. Razor512 says:

    From performing many out of warranty repairs on macbook pro’s, it will take a lot of pee to destroy one.

    the keyboard is designed around being spill resistant. also the only components that will really get wet if someone were to spill something on the keyboard, will be the battery which is directly under 1 of the small openings near a ribbon cable leading to the touchpad.

    the other ribbon cables have an opening that is a few mm high so the keyboard will have to be flooded with 2-3mm of pee before it makes it’s way into the internal components.

    In addition to that, the spill areas are directly above the 2 fans (no motherboard components are above or under the fans)

    and if it gets really flooded, then the fluid will spill onto the dvd drive and external connectors.

    If that school is throwing them out, then they should instead give them to me, I will properly clean them and sell them on ebay.

    PS I have fixed macbooks that have experienced flood damage (aka it was under water for a while (probably 1-2 hours before the customer pulled it from the flooded basement)

    The hard drive was dead, the dvd drive also dies (would not read any disk and the tiny sensor was mucked up and I could not get to it)

    the motherboard worked (I had to replace the thermal compound)

    the screen worked but the water damage made the picture really messed up

    I was able to get the system working like new with just a new hard drive, (no dvd drive as the customer said he didn’t need it, and a new screen)

    The traces on the motherboard are protected by a pretty strong coating that protects from corrosion

    solder points are thick enough to handle a decent amount of corrosion (you just need to brush them with a soft tooth brush) since it was pretty dirty water, I dunked the system into a bucket of alcohol and water while it was opened

    The most delicate part of the laptop when it comes to any water damage, is the display, (fluids will tarnish the display and you cant clean it off (the display is too compact to attempt much of any repair on certain parts of the LCD)

    After cleaning the system properly, I went over it with a blow dryer and had it working the same day.

    The longest I have ever worked with when it comes to water damage, is about 5 days under water. and was a dell vostro system.

    The key to a system surviving water damage is good protection features on the motherboard and on the battery. A good battery will either shut off 100% or kill it’s self the moment it detects a short. A good motherboard will have protections in place for the delicate components.

    The battery on a macbook shuts off if it shorts out but can sometimes come back and if ti doesn’t then you just need to buy a new one.

  42. Ayla says:

    I don’t buy it. My husband dropped his laptop in the bathtub once (yeah, don’t get me started) but it was fine after it dried out.

  43. Robert Nagel says:

    I find it very hard to believe that one kid peeing on a stack of MacBooks would damage them. Unless he is a baby elephant there just isn’t enough water to do any real damage. It sounds like a rash decision made in a panic by a suitable dumb administrator.

  44. syxx says:

    $36,000 worth of damages? so 5 macbooks right?

  45. DragonThermo says:

    I’d somebody’s mommy and daddy just bought themselves $36,000 worth of laptops, or at least they owe their special little snowflake’s school $36,000.

    If there were Justice in this world, that is what should happen.

  46. Tacojelly says:

    And yet they could all be replaced for less than 10,000 with windows machines.

  47. Alliance to Restore the Republic of the United States of America says:

    It would be cool if Apple volunteered to step up and replace the laptops. They have more money than fucking God from all the price-gouging of the world.

  48. TheRealMcCoy says:

    Send those laptops to me, I’ll put them to good use. Its just urine, some Clorox wipes and they will be fine.

  49. Libertas says:

    It’s just piss. Dry it out for a week and it will be fine.

    A nation of crybabies….