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U.S. Government Accidentally Sends College Kid a Drone in the Mail

Surprise!

File this one under the biggest “oopsie” of the month. Maybe even the year.

UPS has a bit of explaining to do, after delivering a package containing a government drone to an unsuspecting college student. Then again, the federal government itself has a bit of explaining to do, regarding why it’s using UPS to deliver drones. At any rate, the box contained parts of a “Puma” drone owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The tale unfolded earlier this week when a Reddit member who calls himself “Seventy_Seven” began posting the following pictures to his account, asking the question, “did I just get a drone in the mail?”

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Seventy_Seven opened the box because he had been expecting a weightlifting bench to arrive. I’d submit that what he ended up with was just a tad bit cooler. The box contained wings, a control panel, and a card marking the parts as “USA FEDERAL PROPERTY” that should be returned to NOAA. Did I mention that the drone is worth roughly $350,000 smackeroos?

“We’re still investigating what happened, but it’s true that we had a misdelivery,” says UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg. “We’ve already reacquired the package and will get it to the intended recipient.”

That’s quite a “misdelivery”. What’s next? Will they accidentally deliver Charlie Sheen’s cocaine to Kirk Cameron?

My advice for Seventy_Seven: KEEP IT! Or at least send it to Rand Paul for research purposes.

 


Matt Fox

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Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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