Computer users are being warned to take precautions after a holidaying laptop caught crabs on the beach.
Computer World customer Angus Grant returned his malfunctioning laptop to the store after his holiday, only to learn that it had been taken over by a family of Hermit crabs.
The shelled loners had apparently set up their new state-of-the-art computer home when he had gone to buy ice cream.
According to research carried out by Computer World - the retail brand launched by the Time Group earlier this year - many people fail to take necessary precautions to protect their computers when they go on holiday.
"We see the number of laptops that come back increase over the September/October period after holidays," said a Time spokesman.
He cited spillages - usually alcohol - and sunburn as common ailments affecting laptops taken on holiday. About 40 per cent of owners insist on taking with their laptops away with them to keep in email contact, according to the Computer World research.
So if your computer holidays with you this year remember to treat it as you would a child. Don't leave it alone, don't give it alcohol and keep it out the sun.
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