We’ve all suffered the pain of slow, unresponsive computers, and most of us deal with the problem by sighing heavily and complaining loudly to workmates.
One Colorado man went a little bit further than this – by taking his computer into a back alley and shooting it 8 times with a handgun.
Lucas Hinch, 37, was arrested by Colorado Springs police on Monday for discharging a weapon within city limits, with his penalty yet to be decided by a judge.
A Hi-Point 9mm handgun – a similar model to the one Lucas Hinch used to wreak his ultimate vengeance on his faulty computer. Jeff Strossner, of the Colorado Springs Police Department, said: “He got tired of fighting with his computer for the last several months.”
Sick of his faulty machine, Mr Hinch carried his computer out to a back alley and fired eight rounds into it from his Hi-Point 9mm handgun.
Unsurprisingly, the police confirmed that the attack on the computer “effectively disabled it”.
Mr Hinch was good natured about the arrest, claiming he didn’t know he was breaking the law when he pulled a Dirty Harry on his PC, as it is legal to openly carry firearms in Colorado – in fact, gun ownership is legally mandatory in the small Colorado town of Nucla, according to a law introduced in 2013 that made it compulsory for every household to have at least one firearm.
But in Colorado Springs, discharging your weapon within city limits, unless in the defence of life or property, is an offence that usually carries a fine.
Despite his citation, Hinch was triumphant in victory over his troublesome computer.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, he described the moment when he executed the machine as “glorious”.
“It was extremely frustrating… I reached critical mass,” he added.
Having just bought his new handgun and seething with rage at his computer, Hinch described the attack as “premeditated”.
“I made sure there wasn’t anything behind it and nothing to ricochet.”
“That computer had a bad day.”
Obviously destroying his computer didn’t solve his tech problem, and Colorado Springs police have confiscated his new gun.
But, in the heat of the moment, who among us hasn’t fantasised about unloading a handgun into our work computer?