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A Crime of Passion: Man Shoots Computer 8 Times, Has No Regrets

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on April 27, 2015 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Computers may not have tough lives, but they can have terrible deaths. Some have their lives cut short out of nowhere, sideswiped by a bug of virus and sent to oblivion. Others are slowly strangled over years, suffering under bloatware, spyware, and adware.

The worst computers, however, they get thrown out of windows, driven over by cars, doused in hot water, or, as recently happened in Colorado, taken down in a rain of bullets. It's alright though. The computer was asking for it.

We've All Been There

Last Monday evening, Colorado Springs resident Lucas Hinch stepped outside and unloaded a full round of bullets into his Dell desktop. Hinch, who operates a "homeopathic herb store" out of his house, had been annoyed when his laptop started to hiccup and crash over the past few months. Instead of taking it in to be serviced, he took matters into his own hands and put it, and him, out of their shared misery.

Hinch was reported, presumably by a computer-rights activist, and cited for discharging a firearm within city limits. The citation seems to have been worth it, however. Hinch described the shooting in the Los Angeles Times as "Glorious. Angels sung on high."

Not the First Case of Violence Against Machines

The Washington Post likened the compucide to a scene from Office Space. In that movie, frustrated office workers, fed up with struggling with their company's fax machine (among other things), take the fax out into a field and beat it to death with baseball bats, in a mock gangland murder. Their revenge-against-technology fantasy hit a nerve -- YouTube is full knock off videos featuring the destruction of everything from Xboxes to old PCs.

Perhaps Hinch will inspire similar copy-cat criminals. Given the coverage his act has received, it definitely seems to have tapped into some deep seated computer frustration in the general public. Of course, if you're going to kill your PC, as a professional with a license at stake, we advise you do it the traditional way -- downloading shoddy software. There's less a chance of losing an eye to a ricocheted bullet, or dealing with an ethics complaint that way.

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