Check your packing slip: dude gets gun instead of the TV he ordered

Seth Horvitz was in the market for a new TV for his D.C. pad. He ended up on Amazon and ordered a $320 Westinghouse model. The Internet is so cool - click buy and a TV shows up at your doorstep a few days later. When Horvitz’ package arrived, it wasn’t shaped like a TV, but he thought maybe it’s just a partial delivery... maybe it was a stand or something. No dice. The package held a semi-automatic Sig Sauer 716 patrol rifle - an illegal assault rifle in D.C.

Good thing he didn’t think the rifle was a remote control and try pulling the trigger to change the channel. Instead, he called the police, who came by and confiscated the item.

From Wired:

An invoice found inside the box, Horvitz said, listed the sender as online gun retailer Gunbuyer.com. The invoice, for $1,590, was addressed to Independence Gun Shop, a gun store in Duncansville, Pennsylvania.

In the end, the mix up seems to have stemmed from a UPS error. But poor Seth Horvitz is not only out a rifle, but he still has no TV.

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Marc Sanchez is the technical director and associate producer for Marketplace Tech Report where he is responsible for shaping the sound of the show.
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