Mum Buys Phone And Finds Pictures Of Man's Genitals On It
Buying a phone shouldn't really be a risk. If you're buying a used one, then there's always that chance that you're being sold a handset that doesn't work and has just been put on eBay for some quick cash.
Then there's the issue of what might be left on the device from the previous owner. It's a real effort to boot up your new phone and discover that the memory is clogged up by someone else's shit, meaning you have to go about deleting it all. However, when buying a brand new phone, the last thing you'd expect is to find someone else's details on there.
Earlier this month, Sophie Highfield, 31, found herself in that exact situation when she loaded up a new phone and found that an iCloud glitch meant her Apple iPhone 5S was hooked up with the contact details of a host of celebs.
After buying the device brand new from Three Mobile she added the numbers for her friends and family, as you usually would, later spotting that there were dozens of numbers she had never added.
Confused, she then discovered genuine contact details for stars such as Adele, Greg Rutherford, David Walliams, Gok Wan and Emma Bunton.
Unfortunately for mum-of-two Lynn Conlin, she wasn't gifted the option to have a chinwag with a British Olympian or songstress Adele; she found something very different.
Poor Lynn needed an upgrade on her Phone, so she bought a new iPhone, asking her husband and daughter to set it up for her.
"Come on, love. Let's set up mummy's new iPhone. Right, charging, there. Texts work, music - yep, let's have a look at the camera ro- OH BLOODY HELL, AVERT YOUR EYES," is how you'd imagine the conversation went upon realising that somehow Lynn's phone was the home of 12 images of a man's penis.
The man, who can only be identified by his crown jewels, had dropped his kecks and taken a few snaps of his baloney baton for unknown purposes. It could have been for medical reasons. It certainly wouldn't have been to send to a girl - because that never happens.
"I couldn't understand what had happened, neither of us could," 46-year-old Lynn said. "It is a brand new phone, not a refurbished one or anything, so they couldn't have been left there from a previous owner.
"I took the phone straight back to the shop to complain and the manager took a copy of the images, but couldn't give me any explanation as to why the pictures were on the phone."
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Similar to Sophie, Lynn bought the phone from a Three Mobile store - meaning that Three are either being sent dodgy iPhones, or an employee there is dedicated to pranking people.
"In order to assess how this has happened we need to test the device thoroughly," a spokesperson for Three said. "We have offered the customer a replacement handset and discount on their line rental as an intermediate gesture while we investigate this serious matter further."
Lynn, from Falkirk, was told that Three would be in touch with her, but three weeks on she's yet to hear from them.
Grandmother Eileen James got a dose of this without a phone, in a pre-iCloud image dupe.
Daniel Mayes, her grandson, had decided he'd buy her some new albums so that she could collect more memories, but he was surprised that one of the 'brand new' books he purchased was already filled with pictures from 2002.
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He'd told his grandmother that the set of five was brand spanking new, despite the fact he bought it from a charity shop. But it was all fun and giggles once they realised that they'd ended up with a plethora of pictures of Ant McPartlin holding a child.
Now, you could be forgiven for thinking that, at first glance, he is holding Dec Donnelly - but he's not, it's just a baby of similar size. It is rather odd to see Ant without Dec, though. A bit like cereal without milk, a night out without a kebab or Jose Mourinho without the bullshit.
"I joked we should have copies done of the photos as they are probably worth a fortune. I do want to keep one as a souvenir, though," Eileen said. "I am a big fan of him and Dec, we all watch I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and I really like all the programmes they do. I think they're both amazing."
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Luckily, Eileen said that her Christmas was made when she discovered some of Ant's happy memories in her new album, meaning Daniel could get away with his slight fuck up.
"I have had a really tough year but this has been the most amazing Christmas," Eileen, who is currently undergoing treatment for kidney cancer, said. "Laughter is the best medicine, and I have the best family to help me through anything."
Daniel reckons the gift made his nan's Christmas, and is hopeful that Ant will come along for next year's festivities. He has to bring Dec, though. I don't think people could cope thinking they were apart.
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