This is a particularly "fishy" story, but a Washington family who purchased the "Beats by Dre" headphones for their 14-year-old daughter received a Christmas Day surprise when the teen opened the gift. Instead of the popular headphones, inside the sealed box were four cans of tuna fish, reports Odd News via Yahoo! on Dec. 27.
The headphones were purchased online at Walmart by the Lopez family from Bothell, Washington. Father Steve Lopez said he bought them on Black Friday and did not open them until his teen daughter, Carmen Lopez, unwrapped the box and found four cans of Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light tuna
In an ironic twist, Carmen is allergic to tuna fish, not that her discovery of Chicken of the Sea is an acceptable substitute for her headphones.
Steve spoke to KCPQ Q13 Fox News and said, “This is what I picked up here and it was wrapped in plastic. So I thought they were legit.”
Unfortunately, the family did not get acceptable resolution from Walmart, who only offered them their money back instead of ensuring the family received what they paid for. Additionally, Steve said the refund wouldn't even cover the current cost to repurchase the headphones, since they were discounted at the time.
Fortunately, someone else took an active interest in this bizarre story -- Lindsay Merkle, the global account manager of sales for Beats by Dre, who decided to step in.
“Last night my father and I were watching the news and saw the unfortunate gift fiasco," Merkle said. "So we said, ‘OK, let’s solve this problem today.’”
And solve it she did, ensuring that Carmen got free "Dre" headphones to make up for the tuna can mix up.
“I can only imagine what was going through [Carmen's] head," Merkle said. "So hopefully this will help her be a little bit happier and get something that she was actually looking forward to on Christmas."
Walmart has not commented on the story, and has not provided an explanation. It would seem that an employee purposely switched out the headphones and replaced them with something that had equal weight to cover their tracks.