Original URL: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/23/courier_mixup/
Courier mishap sends woman's corpse to shopping club
Box marked perishable
A mix-up at a freight forwarding firm meant a dead woman's torso was diverted from a research facility in Florida and shipped to a wholesale shopping club in Massachusetts instead.
Staff at the headquarters of BJ's Wholessales Club's HQ in Westborough, Mass, were initially unconcerned when the comparatively large package turned up at its corporate offices last week.
While it was marked "perishable" this was not unusual for the HQ of a firm whose extensive product range includes gourmet foods, including a package of four prime 10 ounce steaks at $99.99 or a brace of Maine lobsters at $79.99.
However, once someone paid closer attention to the package, staff realized that it was about 1500 miles adrift from where it should have been.
They started opening it and saw the packaging list, and realized it was no gourmet treat, but a substantial part of a dead human being.
“They never saw the torso. They saw there was packaging and some type of gel. They immediately notified their supervisor,” a local cop told the local CBS radio news.
BJ's staff got in touch with the medical facility, and the torso has now been redirected to the research facility, gel and all.
Which is a relief, as the shopping club's offering also included a range of funeral goods, including caskets, with both standard and overnight shipping options. ®