In failed attempt to save his phone, man spends six hours with hand in toilet

by: Andrew GrushJune 6, 2014


While technology makes our lives easier, it also does a great job of enslaving us. In the name of always being connected, most of us take our phones everywhere. That includes to the bathroom.

Back in 2012 we reported on a survey that suggested 87% of Android owners use their phones while on the toilet — a number that we imagine still holds pretty close to true today. Of course, taking your phone to the bathroom puts you at way more risks than just passing along some new germs.

Case and point: a man from the Jiangsu province in China learned a hard lesson recently about dropping your phone into the toilet. In many cases, you drop your phone and odds are it’s dead anyway. But what happens if you have a particularly strong attachment to your phone? In this man’s case, he went after it, sticking his phone down the squat-style toilet and getting it stuck in there nice and deep.

As you can imagine, not only was this situation embarrassing, he even had to be saved by rescue workers. In total, the man spent six hours with his hand stuck, and ended up with at least a few nasty cuts in the process. For those wondering, the man was eventually reunited with his phone, but it was obviously less than functional by that point.

We’ll leave the scene to your imagination, but if you’re really curious to see more, you can take a look at actual photos from the incident via the Daily Mail. We really feel bad for the guy here as that’s no way to spend your afternoon, though it’s certainly a cautionary tell for the rest of us.

The morale of this story is simple: if you feel the desire to bring your phone with you to the bathroom, hold on tight. And if you drop it? Analyze the situation before diving in. Odds are you’ll be needing a new phone regardless of what move you make.

So now it’s time for a little honesty. Have you ever used the phone in the bathroom, or do you do so regularly? I’ll go first: yes, yes, I have.

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  • MasterMuffin

    There’s stupid and then there’s this :/

    “spent six hours with his had stuck” :)

  • Luka Mlinar

    Only reason i have games on the damn thing is for the morning ritual. :D

  • Bryce

    I dropped my Nokia 3220 (remember the lame phone that lit up when called?) in a submarine toilet. Those of you who have been on submarines know that there’s no water in the bowl when you take a shit, only shit. I quickly grabbed it and wiped off the shit and it worked fine :)

    • KillEmAllx


    • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

      Then you gotta put it on your face and near your mouth during calls xD

  • anuar utara

    Your move Samsung…. Make GS6 water and Shit proof…. IP67(S)

    • thestingisthetruth

      What sold me on Samsung (and I gave up Apple) was the Rugby Smart. I have taken it tubing down the river with no issues. It fell off the end of my dock into 12 feet of water and I found it after hours of searching by calling it… Great phone. It finally died after 2 years of abusive use, and now I have an S5. It isn’t as stout as the Smart was, but I added a simple $5 silicone and plastic case, and use it just like I used the Smart. Love it.

      Before that, I had 4 iphones. All died due to moisture.

  • Wolf0491

    Yep always on it on the toilet. I have never seen toilets like those though

    • Those toilets allow you to hold hands with the person next to you while taking a dump.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    I surf Instagram there

  • Man

    when I dropped my glasses in toilet some time back, I had learned the lesson. When standing up, my own hand hit my glasses and it fell

  • Android Developer

    I will never use my device in the bathroom, and I don’t understand people who do this.
    I mean, people are supposed to wash their hands, so if you touch your device before, it’s as if the hands washing was for nothing…
    Also, some people even make calls in the bathroom, which I find it weird as the other side might hear… sounds of the bathroom…
    This is true especially in public toilets.

  • Abdullah Abdulaziz

    People can’t just leave their phones because phones these days are too costly imagine your salary is 13000 inr and you saved money and did things to buy a Samsung galaxy s5 worth 56000 and it fell in the bathroom….

  • takpro

    Should’ve stuck his head in and called 911 and taken a photo; priceless!

  • Kass

    Have only ever dropped the awesome Nokia 7600 into the toilet on the very first day that I owned it. Thankfully, it was before the magic happened so, only dropped into water…a few hours on the radiator (don’t know what I was thinking) and it was fully back to normal for

  • Where’s the “I can’t go to the bathroom without my phone” option?

  • keenmay

    “i will have to cut your arm off”

    “it’ll grow back right?”
    “wait a minute, are you hold on to the phone”?
    “your point being?”