UPS delivered a government drone worth $350,000 to a Reddit user by mistake on Monday, according to multiple reports.
A college student who goes by Seventy_Seven on Reddit said UPS delivered the package on Monday afternoon. He thought it was a weight lifting set he recently purchased, but he was surprised to find wings and a control panel inside the package.
The drone belongs to the NOAA and is valued at $350,000. David Miller, a spokesperson for NOAA, told VICE he is not sure how the package ended up in the hands of the Reddit user, but he said the package includes wings and a control panel for a NOAA Pume drone which is used to measure ocean debris, conduct seabird surveys, and monitor ocean habitats.
“We sent one of our Puma unmanned aircraft systems to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts. We sent a set of about eight boxes for this one aircraft system, and one was misdelivered by UPS,” Miller told Vice.
The Reddit user said he called UPS and was told it was one of the undelivered packages in their office.
“Nothing on the outside of the crate said it was government property. I had ordered a weightlifting bench (which I received) and this came with it. Both boxes has UPS labels with my name and address.”