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UPS mistakenly delivers $400,000 military drone to Reddit user

By Mason White 1:55 PM May 7, 2014
The drone 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
UPS scrambled to make things right after accidentally delivering a military drone to a private citizen.

UPS said that it has taken possession of the government drone mistakenly delivered to an unsuspecting user of Reddit.

A spokesperson for UPS said that the company is still investigating how the $400,000 package ended up at that address. The package contained parts of a drone called Puma, owned and sent by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The bizarre incident began on Monday, when Reddit user Seventy_Seven published a series of pictures asking “Did I just get a drone in the mail?”

Seventy_Seven received a box that he ordered, but UPS also delivered a second mystery box containing wings and a control panel, along with a card marking the content as “U.S. Federal Property” that must be returned to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Puma is a flying camera designed for aerial observation. UPS delivers about 17 million packages each day. Seventy_Seven said that he contacted UPS, but a representative insisted that the box belonged to him.

However, after uploading photos of the delivery to Reddit, UPS decided to pick up the package. Seventy_Seven said that he was happy to rid his home from the government drone.