Man backed for using ‘insulting’ phone wallpapers to deter nosy colleagues

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A man has found help online after creating ‘insulting’ and ‘offensive’ wallpapers that sparked off colleagues after they repeatedly spied on his phone at work.

The now-viral Reddit post, titled “AITA for using ‘insulting’ wallpapers for my phone’s home screen after co-workers touched it?” has been upvoted 12,800 times since it was shared on June 27. Redditor @throw3447567 shared the post on the subreddit “Am I the A** hole?” garnering 1,600 comments since its publication.

The use of mobile devices around the world has increased in recent years, with many people carrying their phones wherever they go. This year, 15.96 billion devices are expected to be in use worldwide, and that number is expected to increase in 2023 and 2024, according to Statista.

There are many ways to protect smartphones, such as pins, swipe patterns, face ID, fingerprint scanning, and traditional passwords, but that doesn’t mean everyone uses them. used.

While a passcode can be an effective way to deter prying eyes from seeing your phone, the Pew Research Center found that 39% of respondents struggle to track them. Additionally, 28% do not use any form of screen lock on their phone.

A man has been backed online for using ‘insulting’ wallpapers to deter nosy colleagues.
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The original poster (OP) is a 28-year-old man, who has been working at his current company for six months. He revealed that his male colleagues were ‘decent’, but he ‘noticed a pattern’ with a few of his female colleagues opening up and looking through his phone when they get the chance, such as when he uses the room bathroom or in a Dating.

The Redditor caught women doing it three times. Although they didn’t take anything or open any of his apps, he still didn’t know why they kept “snooping”.

The man continued, “I wanted to approach this in a non-confrontational way because they’re both beyond nice except for that spying thing. So what I did was is to create ‘insulting’ or ‘offensive’ wallpapers (some of them I made myself) that say, ‘Don’t touch my phone a**hole/muggle/weird,’ or ‘I can see you’ with John Cena waving, or “B_/_ don’t touch my phone with a middle finger in the middle of the screen.”

He explained that it was “just an experience”, but that the move “affected them”. His female colleagues claimed he had “offended” them personally and insulted them. He told them they had nothing to do with his phone, but they “made excuses” saying they were trying to borrow his charger or check the time.

The office split over the matter, and some said he should have come to the women if he had a problem. Meanwhile, others said he was “justified” and that no one could “control” the wallpapers he used. The women expect a “formal apology”, but the man has refused to do so.

In a comment, the OP revealed he had a ‘swipe lock’ on his phone, adding, “I’m bad at remembering passwords so I don’t use them. They can still see it.”

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Comments poured in, with the majority of people siding with the OP. A Redditor’s comment received 10,900 upvotes alone, weighing in with NTA, or not the a**hole, as their verdict.

“Keep your hands and nose away from things that don’t belong to you,” they said.

One user pointed out that women wouldn’t have seen the “offensive” wallpaper at all if they hadn’t snooped around. The punishment fits the crime perfectly. They chose to do something curious and invasive and were rightly called upon to do so.”

Some people urged the OP to get some type of security for his phone. “OP, I’m begging you to lock your phone,” one user said. “You said in the comments that you had trouble remembering passwords, but even a crappy password like ‘your name’ or ‘1234’ is better than nothing, or a fingerprint lock. NTA , but wtf are they watching on your phone? It’s scary.”

Others urged the PO to let HR know what’s going on. “NTA [not the a**hole], said a Redditor. “You should report them to HR before they report you for ‘offending them on a personal level’ or whatever else they do with it.”

Another Redditor agreed, saying it’s an “HR issue” because “they touch and snoop around your personal shit. That being said, just lock your phone man lmao. Good luck they get an apology from you. “

People called out the man’s female colleagues for spying. “They’re the assholes invading your private space while you’re away,” one user said. “Be careful with these colleagues, because they have demonstrated that they cannot be trusted. Be careful what you say to them and what you do around them… They could one day use these things against you, because they are not trustworthy people to begin with.” .”

A Redditor apparently endorsed the OP’s move with the wallpapers. “NTA. It’s such a creative and hilarious way to deal with snoopers,” they said. “Why can’t people keep their dirty mittens to themselves? »

Newsweek reached out to Redditor @throw3447567 for comment.

This isn’t the only viral moment involving work-related situations. This month, a groom fumed after his request for time off for his wedding day was denied. Meanwhile, a company that blamed a worker for arriving and leaving on time has sparked a debate. Additionally, the internet slammed an “entitled” boss last month for not speaking to an employee who quit.

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