An unusual case involving Amazon has made headlines for international sites in recent days. According to the Yahoo Lifestyle, a man from Tuscumbia, Alabama, bought a shower curtain with delivery scheduled for two days. When the package arrived, the surprise came: when he opened the box he found a pot containing a woman’s urine.
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In a testimony to Yahoo, the man, whose name was not disclosed, recounted the reaction he had when he noticed the confusion. “I received an email on Thursday morning saying that my purchase had been delivered. I opened it, and when I took it, it was a woman’s urine sample or something. I was very surprised. My son was there, standing, watching me open the package and had a good laugh about it «, he recalled.
Man buys bathroom curtain on Amazon and receives urine sample – Photo: Disclosure / Amazon
According to him, the pot came with identification, including the woman’s name and birthday. Warned of the confusion, Amazon apologized and arranged for the curtain to be delivered. They even said it was not necessary to send the urine sample back. Despite this, the man assured that he will keep the container and its contents for a few days in the hope that someone will contact him.
Recall other cases involving Amazon
This was not the first time that Amazon appeared linked to unusual situations. In addition to the delivery of unsolicited products, the company caused controversy with its virtual assistant, Alexa.
Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, is also involved in controversial cases – Photo: Disclosure / Amazon
Last year, a Boston couple received 25 packages from Amazon without making a purchase. According to Gizmodo, Mike and Kelly Gallivan spent a few months opening boxes containing random items and varying prices. At first, they believed it was a prank, but then they started to get scared. Amazon said the items were purchased with a gift card. Therefore, there was no information about the sender. Purchases were never claimed by anyone else.
In January 2018, an Amazon Echo became a key witness to a murder crime. The loudspeaker controlled by voice commands was found near the place where two young women were murdered. The object belongs to the main suspect, Timothy Verrill, who was seen with the women just before the crime and then bought cleaning supplies. The judge responsible for the case ordered Amazon to deliver the recordings made by Alexa, which again sparked a controversy over privacy. Another debate spurred by the case is the fact that a lot of information is recorded by Amazon’s virtual assistant without users’ authorization. The case has not yet been concluded.
Another case involving Alexa was recorded in 2018. At the time, the virtual assistant recorded a conversation between a couple from Portland, Oregon, and sent the file to the man’s employee. The boy immediately contacted the chief, advising him to shut down Echo. Luckily, the subject was just wooden floors. At the time, Amazon admitted the flaw and apologized for the error, claiming that Alexa must have understood a «send recorded message» command.
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