OCEANSIDE, N.Y. — A New York couple was horrified when a UPS delivery that they thought was a Christmas present turned out to be an assault rifle [sic].
Newsday reports that Joel Berman opened the keyboard-sized case in front of his wife and 6-year-old granddaughter Wednesday night in Oceanside, on Long Island.
Instead of a toy plane they were buying for their friend’s son, they found a semi-automatic rifle, scope, stand, ammo clip and copies of an Arizona man’s driver’s license and concealed-weapons permit.
They hustled their granddaughter out of the room and called police, who picked up the weapon.
Atlanta-based UPS says it’s investigating the “highly unusual incident.” The company says it accepts legal shipments of some firearms. It says shippers must meet certain requirements.
What the hell's gone wrong with our country? An upgrade is a serendipitous event, not a mistake to complain about, not even for an elderly Long Island couple. That friend's son would surely have been delighted had they just delivered his present as planned.