A British man ordered an Amazon Kindle online, but when he received the package that was supposed to contain his purchase, he found something that was definitely not an e-book reader device.
Instead, the man discovered a box containing human tissue that was marked “patient tumor specimen enclosed,” according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
James Potten of Bristol had ordered a special waterproof Kindle from a company based in California, but the package delivered to him by FedEx was one that was intended to be delivered to the Royal Free Hospital in London.
“Presumably this is a very important package, that needs to get to the hospital as soon as possible,” Potten proclaimed. “It is really bad that this has happened. This really should be with the hospital, not with me.
“There is a reason it has been sent from America to London, and it could be wasting valuable time while it just stays here,” he added.
Potten contacted FedEx and explained what had happened, but the delivery company has yet to sort out the issue or respond to questions from the media.
It is worth noting that the tracking number Potten was given for the package containing his Kindle is awfully similar to the tracking number on the box containing the tumor specimen for study, having the same first two and last three numbers.
“The tracking numbers are similar so presumably that is what has happened. It’s a mistake on FedEx’s part, rather than the people who posted the items,” Potten said. “I haven’t opened the box, but the labels clearly state that human tumor tissue is inside. There is personal paperwork to go with it as well.
“I just want to get it to the hospital now.”
For its part, the hospital would like the package mix-up to be corrected soon too, announcing: “It has been brought to our attention that a package intended for one of the institutions based at Royal Free Hospital was delivered to an address in Bristol.
“We understand the parcel delivery company is in the process of redelivering the package to the correct address. We expect the delivery company to contact all the institutions at the Royal Free Hospital site to establish the identity of the intended recipient.”
The mail can always bring surprises, but few recipients would be prepared for something like this.
This is an incredible mistake by FedEx, and hopefully they will work quickly to remedy the situation and ensure that the packages they have been contracted to ship will ultimately be delivered to the proper recipients.
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