By Ryan Velez
Amazon has become a staple for people looking to shop or purchase just about anything, but every now and then, something happens with the service that is just a bit off of what you would expect. EURWeb reports on a great example of this, where a Florida couple put in an order for four empty bins shipped by UPS, only to find that their bins were filled with marijuana.
The couple, whose names have not been revealed for safety reasons, instantly found something was wrong when they discovered that their package ended up weighing 93.5 pounds. "They were extremely heavy, heavier than you would think from ordering four empty bins,” she said. Their original plan was to order the empty bins to put some things in storage. “We love Amazon and do a lot of shopping on Amazon,” the woman added.
The marijuana was in boxes inside the totes, and the customers noticed the strong odor right away. "When the first officer got here, she was in disbelief,” the customer said. We were still pretty fearful our home would be broken into, and we didn't sleep there for a few days,” said the customer.
The couple said that after going back and forth with Amazon mostly by email for more than a month, they never spoke to a supervisor. The only compensation they ended up getting by the end of their dealing with Amazon was a $150 gift card with the message, "I am unable to do anything else at this time." What they were looking for, though, was an apology and explanation on how this could take place.
"There was no concern for a customer's safety. I mean, this could have turned into a worst-case scenario."
According to the local network, Amazon said in a statement that its customer service team was in direct contact with the customer to address their concerns and will cooperate with law enforcement to investigate the case. The authorities said the case is still under investigation there have been no arrests as yet.
The concerns here are certainly valid. Possessing more than 25 pounds of marijuana in Florida is a felony punishable by a mandatory sentence between 3 years and 15 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $25,000. There is also the potential of reprisal from whoever the drugs were originally intended for. The street value of the drugs could go as high as $200,000.