Amazon Is Delivering Sex Toys to People Who Didn't Order Them
Sex toys are being shipped by Amazon to people who didn't order them, and Amazon doesn't seem to have a clue why.
Students at University of Regina in Canada have received multiple mystery packages, which they unpacked to reveal sex toys like a fleshlight and vibrators, as well as more mundane stuff like a kitchen scale and earbuds. A couple in Massachusetts has received over 20 packages they didn't buy, with items ranging from a flashlight to sex toys. And a woman in Pittsburgh named Nikki told the Daily Beast she's received a sex toy, a blue tooth charger, and headphones.
If this is a prank, it's a really expensive (and creepy) one.
Apparently, Amazon is stumped. A source within the company told the Daily Beast that it doesn't know why a lot of the items are sex toys, nor how they're getting to customers. The company did confirm that sellers involved didn't receive shipping addresses or names from Amazon, and that the situation is being investigated.
One theory is sellers send out random packages to hack the ratings system—Amazon gives more weight to reviews from people who actually buy a product, so sellers could buy their own product with dummy accounts, ship it wherever, then give it a five-star rating. But an Amazon spokersperson said there were very few reviews associated with all the anonymous packages sent out.
In the meantime, Nikki told the Daily Beast she spent a week trying to get answers from Amazon's customer service because she was afraid she was being cyberstalked, given the intimate, anonymous nature of the sex toy. She even went to the police, but said she and an officer were told by Amazon they needed a subpoena to get private information about whoever was sending the packages. Amazon also said it could not guarantee anonymous packages would stop arriving at her door until its investigation was complete.
Any way you spin it, getting strange packages from untraceable senders through a giant corporation who can't give you answers seems like a violation of privacy—especially when those packages contain fleshlights and vibrators. Amazon's got a mystery to solve.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.