Publicity Stunt of the Week: Ten bizarre phone insurance claims
How did it get there?!?
Here, apparently, are the UK’s ten oddest insurance claims made regarding mobile phones.
We offer them without comment on their veracity, though the mobile phone insurance go-between that sent them to us in the hope of some free publicity* insists the claims “were investigated fully”, presumably by the insurer it represents.
The site doesn’t record which claims, if any, were accepted and paid out.
Here you go:
- Inserted into a cow’s vagina
- Dropped in the bog during defecation - a perennial favourite, this; or should that be ‘perianal’? 'arf, 'arf
- Broken after being used as a sex toy
- Stolen by an aggressive seafront seagull
- Stolen by an aggressive safari park monkey
- Blown aloft by fireworks
- Broken when hurled at an inconstant boyfriend
- Dropped out of a tree while being used to illegally film a pop concert
- Baked in a birthday cake
- Dropped over the side of a cruise ship
You can see some past examples of this kind of thing here.
We can easily picture noted comedian Jasper Carrot, who has long performed an amusing routine based on peculiar insurance claims, wondering where the firm got the idea from... ®
*Oh go on, then. It's mobileinsurance.co.uk, a company run by Psychic Media to put punters in touch with gadgets-to-glasses insurer Supercover Insurance. No, we haven't heard of any of them.
Re: I followed that link to the past excuses.
".....I was quite surprised to find so many finding it difficult to believe that someone could leave their phone on a car roof...." Best claim for company Blackberry - plonker A left an extra large McDonalds coffee on the roof of plonker B's car, plonker B opened the sunroof as they drove away from the McDs and the coffee fell into the car, dousing the BB belonging to plonker B (which was plugged into the car system) and the BB of plonker A (which was in his trouser pocket!) in hot coffee. The claim was for two BBs and the car stereo, and I'm told plonker A had scalds to his groin!
Oh those wacky Register funsters
I suppose 'wacky' should mean something like 'sent into space by accident', 'stolen by angry trolls from 4chan' or 'destroyed in a freak Morris dancing accident.'
But no. Dropped into the bog.
Even I've done that - left an old Nokia on the cistern with vibrate on, received a call, buzz, tremble, buzz, plop, kapow.
So dropped in the toilet has gone from being a most-common claim to being a "wackiest" has it?
Dropped over the side of a cruise ship
Why is that odd?
Phone in top pocket, leans over, falls out.
Some cars have a boot that can be unlatched from the keyfob.... I would really like a car that has a shelf near the driver door that can be accessed from both inside and outside the vehicle, so that possessions or shopping can be organised. No idea of how it would work, but I for one would find such a thing convenient.
'Jackass' had a candid-camera routine in which they leave a dummy baby in a chair on a car roof and then drive around, causing members of the public to run after them. I don't mind those lads injuring themselves (or horseplay in general), but I can't approve of that kind of 'boy who cried wolf' stunt. Make fools of the vain and greedy, by all means, but don't mock people's good nature.