A man who ordered a Kindle electronic book reader has instead received a patient’s tumour sample in a bizarre delivery mix-up.
When James Potten from Bristol opened his FedEx package he was pretty shocked to see it marked with the words ‘patient tumour – specimen enclosed’.
— James Potten (@jamespotten) January 9, 2016
According to the BBC the parcel, which arrived from an address in California, was supposed to go to the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Mr Potten, an environmental consultant, told the BBC:
My name was on the outside, but the contents weren’t what I expected. I haven’t opened the sealed box, which says ‘exempt patient tissue’, as it doesn’t belong to me. The tracking code on the item had the same first five and last three numbers as my order but it wasn’t my Kindle.
A spokesperson for The Royal Free Hospital said:
We are aware that a package intended for one of [our] institutions was delivered to an address in Bristol. If [we were] the intended recipient we will await answers from the delivery company as to how this mistake was made.
Mr Potten, says he doesn’t know where his Kindle is but if it is at the Royal Free Hospital he would be more than happy to do an exchange with them, as, I think we can assume he has little use for the tumour sample.
— James Potten (@jamespotten) January 10, 2016
A FedEx spokeswoman said the company have now retrieved the package and are ‘delivering it to the correct address’. Let’s just wait and see shall we…