Boy, 11, Pees on $36,000 Worth of MacBooks - Legally Weird
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Boy, 11, Pees on $36,000 Worth of MacBooks

In a story sure to bring smiles to PC users, an 11-year-old Pennsylvania boy was caught peeing on dozens of MacBooks, PennLive reports.

The full-bladder assault resulted in over $36,000 worth of damage for Upper Allen Township Elementary School, the laptops' owner. The boy is a student at the school. It's believed he urinated on the computers after finding them unattended at the school.

School officials labeled the damage as a total loss beyond repair. And apparently they have good reason not to expect AppleCare to come to the rescue.

That's because Apple categorizes urine damage to be a biohazard.

Apparently the Cupertino company is so freaked out by pee that it won't even take your money to repair affected computers. Human or dog, urine is a big no-no to Apple. And for now, there's no word yet on whether the company will be making an exception to its "no pee" rule.

As for the boy, he was charged with institutional vandalism and criminal mischief.

Under Pennsylvania law, institutional vandalism is the knowing desecration of school or government property. The statute also covers religious temples and cemeteries.

On the other hand, criminal mischief is when one damages another's property using some sort of medium. In the boy's case, that medium was his pee.

Both offenses are classified as third degree felonies in Pennsylvania. They carry potential sentences of up to seven years imprisonment, a fine up to $15,000, or both.

Fortunately for the boy who peed on the MacBooks, he probably won't be getting anything nearly that bad. Since he's a juvenile, he's been handed over to the Cumberland County Juvenile Probation Department.

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