I fix things for a living. These days, mostly Apple computers. but I started my career in tech fixing printers. Big Xerox 9790 and 4135 printers. From there I moved to smaller HP LaserJet and DeskJet printers. Then on to any unit that transferred an image to paper. I've been working on printers for close to 20 years. And I hate them.

These days, most printers are disposable. If it breaks, toss it and buy a new one because it's cheaper than fixing.

But some people.....they don't want a new printer. They like the printer they have. So I still get to fix them sometimes. Take today, for example. Someone brought me in an old HP PSC 2110. It was getting a cartridge error and making a funny noise. Now, this printer is about 10 years old, and I couldn't get parts for it even if I really wanted to. But the customer wanted me to look at it to see if a cleaning would fix it.


So I looked at it. I took it apart so I could inspect the area that was making the noise. Turns out it was the ink service station. It's what sits at the side of the printer and moves forward and back to clean the ink cartridges and cap them when the printer is not in use. It was back, and was stuck there. That's what was causing the funny noise. The gears were grinding.

So, I manually moved it forward. When I did, I could tell something had gotten in behind it. Not entirely unusual. Sometimes torn bits of paper will get stuck back there. Kids are also notorious for putting things in printers, too.

I bent down to take a closer look, and just as I recognized what it was, the smell hit me.


A mouse had made it's nest in the printer. And it was sleeping comfortably when the customer decided to print something. The service station moved back and crushed the poor mouse. I also got stuck on the corpse.

This isn't the first time I've found evidence of a mouse in a printer. But it's the first stinky corpse I've encountered.