Hiker Distracts Bear with iPhone, Flees to Safety

If you’re hiking and run across a bear that might want to eat you, either give it three dozen cans of beer until it passes out (as was the case back in a USA Today article back in 2004) or feed it your iPhone. Per CIO.com, when Vermont hiker Kris
Rowley was approached by a bear and it kept following her, it proved
more interested in chowing down on her
iPhone.

Rowley, who serves as Vermont’s chief information security officer, stated: “In a semi-panic, I threw the phone at the bear.”

The bear proceeded to ignore Rowley and started clawing at the iPhone instead, CIO.com explains. Rowley used that as her chance to
make a hasty exit. She returned two days later to get her iPhone
back (bringing along a baseball bat for defense) and found it still
there, but chewed and scratched up to the point where she couldn’t use
it anymore.

Unfortunately, the Genius Bar support team at her local Apple Store
wouldn’t take “a bear ate my iPhone” as a legitimate excuse to get a
new one on the house; Rowley had to pay full price for a replacement.

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