Man who ordered Kindle gets tumor in the mail instead

Easy mistake to make.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Jan 14, 2016   Updated Feb 29, 2020, 1:10 pm CST

James Potten just wanted to cozy up with a new Kindle and do some reading. FedEx, unfortunately, substituted a different item entirely when attempting to deliver the device: a human tumor sample.

The 37-year-old resident of Bristol, U.K., was a little miffed by the mixup. 

The tumor tissue, the BBC reported, came from California and was meant to arrive at a Royal Free Hospital institution. FedEx said it “regretted the error” and “will consider future changes to our processes.”

“I’ve been trying to get FedEx to collect it as it is potentially a sample that needs to be tested and sent back with some urgency,” Potten told the BBC. “I don’t know where my Kindle is, but if it is at the Royal Free I’d be happy to do an exchange,” he added, apparently still keen to get his read on.

Luckily, it didn’t take long to resolve the matter. 

What did Potten download first? Probably some medical journals.

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*First Published: Jan 14, 2016, 3:20 pm CST