What's worse than finding a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking? How about finding a bag of sand inside a box that is supposed to contain an electronic device?
Some Maryland residents who received pricey electronics on Christmas morning found they had been when the boxes were supposed to contain expensive items were instead filled with sand ̵
One Carroll County woman opened a shrink-wrapped box and found a bag of sand where a Google Home Hub was supposed to be
“I didn't even open it right away, ”Teresa Gostomski told the Carroll County Times. "It was later that evening, I asked my husband, 'Can you get a knife so I could open the plastic," which I did. " CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Gostomski's daughters had purchased the gift Dec. 15 at a Walmart in Ellicott City, about 12 miles west of Baltimore, and took it back Dec. 26
Her daughters decided to order a replacement Home hub directly from Google, rather than deal with a retailer again, the report said.
Gostomski described the incident on a community Facebook page,
"Okay, so, my daughters were so excited to give me this today and when i opened it, "she wrote." This is what i found- just a bag of sand, no papers, no hub, no cords, nothing. It was shrink-wrapped and looked brand new and the sand was meant to replicate the weight of the hub. "
One commenter said she was the problem is widespread.
" A friend of mine, who is the sheriff now of my hometown back in Kentucky, posted on his Facebook yesterday, "Sue Ann Bentley wrote." He stated that the local Walmart and Kroger is having anyone that uses electronics or console games, open them at checkout, because they had so many returns . "
" They have found bags of sand, salt and even rocks in packages, games gone or switched out with blank CDs … it's apparently everywhere, "she continued.
AMAZON EMPLOYEE ACCUSED OR STEALING NEARLY $ 4,000 IN ITEMS, SHIPPING CUSTOMERS EMPTY BOXES Another person posted on the same Facebook page Dec.
"It looked brand new," Janet Bischoff told the paper. “I went to buy it at Walmart in Eldersburg. It was the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so it was on sale, and they only had one left. It was in the locked-up cabinet. There was no reason for me to believe it wasn't [in] there. ”
She suspects someone either purchased the electronics and replaced it with the sandpaper or a store employee swiped it.
“ It is so professionally done , "Said Bischoff," and it worries me [if] whoever does it gets so good and Walmart writes it off and becomes a major problem – if you have that kind of a criminal mind and work so closely to the people like that.
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] A company spokesman told the times that it was the first time Walmart's media relations department had heard of electronics being replaced with sand products and that an investigation would follow.
"If any customer would run into an issue like this, they" re encoura They went to the local store they bought from and take it to the customer service counter. ”Payton McCormick said.