In this morning's Minneapolis Star-Tribune there is a story about a woman who tried to ship a dog from Minnesota to Georgia via USPS Priority Mail.
"It's just crazy," said Minneapolis Police Sgt. Angela Dodge. The air holes the woman punched in the box were covered up with mailing tape, and the priority mail trip would have taken at least two days, she said. "It was supposed to be a birthday gift for a family member. It would have been kind of traumatizing to get a dead puppy,'' Dodge said. "If you don't identify it so that it can be handled properly, it goes into the cargo hold of an airplane. It gets 40 below in those cargo planes that get up 40,000 feet. And there was no food or water. Puppies can't go for long periods without food or water."
The dog would have been dead on delivery, agreed police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. "I've been doing this for 17 years. This is a new one on me."
The woman, Stacey Champion, declined to tell police why she decided to mail the puppy, Dodge said.
0_o Seriously lady? You wanna ship A LIVE ANIMAL via Priority Mail? With no food, water or even airholes? That just seemed like a good idea to you huh? Clearly she knew it was wrong, because in the article they mention that she told the postal workers it was toy robot in the box.
Oh and the even better part - she wanted her money back for the shipping fee!
She did, however, return to the post office to demand a refund for the $22 she paid to mail the puppy. She also wanted a small amount of money she had attached to a makeshift dog collar returned to her.
Postal workers nixed the refund and told her to contact law enforcement about the collar currency. "We asked her, don't you want to know about your puppy? But she said no. She just wanted her money back," Ojoyeyi said. "It's just weird to mail an animal like that in a package all covered up. We don't know what she was thinking about."
I swear, some people are a trip!
But at least the puppy is ok...and he's a cutie too...
Shoutout to the postal workers who realized something was wrong & opened the box.