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When mom can't open cupboard, internet dishes on best solution

What would you do? When a batch of fragile plates slide up against a cabinet door, online helpers offer suggestions that might bowl you over.

It's the little, stupidly frustrating things in life that wear us down. Stepping on a Lego, spilling your morning coffee, having all your fragile porcelain dishes somehow fall against the door of a cupboard in such a way that it can't be opened without destroying them.

Tseng Shao-Tsen from Taiwan shared the photo online Sunday, and told the Daily Mail it was taken by a friend of his, a stay-at-home mother, who asked him to reach out to the internet for suggested solutions.

More than 16,000 people responded. Their responses, as translated by the newspaper, ranged from the innovative to the brutal.

The old smash-and-grab was a favorite option. "Break a pane of glass of the cabinet door and take the bowls out that way," wrote Tom Murphy.

Others favored a soft landing, with Wenli Wang suggesting, "Put some thick blankets on the floor before opening the door; or ask someone to hold a blanket with them tightly to catch the falling plates."

And "la la la I can't HEAR you," or, in other words, "just ignore it and pretend you never had these dishes," appeared to be the motto for some. "Tape the cupboard with scallop tape, then leave it for your grandchildren to deal with; or save it as a future dowry for your daughter," wrote Chen Jiangjiang.

In the end, the simplest solution worked, and the dishes survived.

"She opened one door slightly and used her hand to hold the plates, then she pushed the door further," Tsend told the newspaper. "All plates were safe."