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College student $350k drone: Weight lifting order turns into $350k drone

College student receives $350k drone instead of weightlifting equipment order.
College student receives $350k drone instead of weightlifting equipment order.
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A college student got a $350k drone in the mail when he should have received weight lifting equipment. The drone was from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Washington Times reports

A note was attached on the package that the unidentified student received, reading: “USA Federal Property Return to: NOAA Aircraft Operations Center.”

The college student who received the $350k drone in the mail posted his news on Reddit.

"I think I just got a drone in the mail,” the student wrote.

According to the student in his post, the UPS agent told him on the phone that the package had been in storage after it was lost in transit. It seemed that for some reason the drone wasn't able to be delivered to its destination. The customer service agent kept telling the college student that the drone was his and it was suppose to go to him. Since there "isn't an active search for this thing," he's not "stressing too much" and will make a call.

The student's user name is “Seventy_Seven." He tried calling NOAA, but was only able to reach their voicemail.

“I’m getting a swarm of messages from people who claim they are in the industry, work at UPS, work for the NOAA, etc, but I don’t think I can trust any of these random contacts,” the student wrote in his post.“I’ll be waiting on a response tomorrow, unless someone has irrefutable proof that they somehow have a connection that can get me to someone who matters on this issue.

“I’m still alive and well, and if you haven’t read already, it’s not military,” he wrote. “Regardless, it’s not mine, and I’ll be sending it to its owner unless I’m told to keep it. … Here’s hoping I survive until tomorrow.”

Motherboard did manage to get in touch with a representative from NOAA for the student. Spokesman David Miller said the agency to find out how this shipment went wrong.

“We sent one of our Puma unmanned aircraft systems to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts,” Mr. Miller told the blog. “We sent a set of about eight boxes for this one aircraft system, and one was misdelivered by UPS. We’re working with UPS to find it.”

What a shock for the college student who got a $350k drone in the mail! He's taking all the right steps to correct this problem.

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