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(WFLA Tampa Bay)   "First, it was mystery seeds. Now, face masks from China are showing up - unsolicited - in Tampa Bay area mailboxes. And they are not gifts"   (wfla.com) divider line
    More: Florida, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Area, Pinellas County, Florida, Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Florida, Shan Sharp of Clearwater, Clearwater, Florida  
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5828 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Aug 2020 at 9:20 AM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-08-11 9:27:02 AM  
15 votes:
It would be fun to mail out seed packets with "Plant these for healthy crops" printed in English, and "WARNING DANGER DO NOT PLANT THESE SEEDS" printed in Mandarin.  I have a 5 pound bag of cumin that's just going to go bad otherwise.
 
2020-08-11 9:28:31 AM  
13 votes:
We gave the natives blankets when they were cold.  The Chinese are giving us masks in our hour of need.  Thanks, China!
 
2020-08-11 8:52:13 AM  
11 votes:
Remember in the TV series Jericho, when the airdropped supplies came from China?
But they yanked it off the air, because ***CARRIER LOST***
 
2020-08-11 9:21:43 AM  
10 votes:
Wtf is Better Call Behnkin?
 
2020-08-11 9:49:54 AM  
9 votes:
Honest, honey. This realdoll is a brushing scam from China.
 
2020-08-11 9:31:18 AM  
9 votes:
The FTC and BBB say this is a scheme called brushing.
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2020-08-11 10:12:52 AM  
7 votes:
Eh, what's the worst that can happen with a strange mask?

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2020-08-11 9:34:30 AM  
7 votes:
"See honey? I didn't order that waifu pillow. It's a scam by China!"
 
2020-08-11 10:20:38 AM  
6 votes:

WTFDYW: Honest, honey. This realdoll is a brushing scam from China.


But since it's already here...
 
2020-08-11 8:39:37 AM  
6 votes:
Someone is going to lose his or her job because of this practical joke, but it's totally going to be worth it.
 
2020-08-11 9:24:28 AM  
4 votes:
Anything's a gift if you're brave enough..
 
2020-08-11 10:17:22 AM  
3 votes:

Somaticasual: Anything's a gift if you're brave enough..


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2020-08-11 9:55:33 AM  
3 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: It would be fun to mail out seed packets with "Plant these for healthy crops" printed in English, and "WARNING DANGER DO NOT PLANT THESE SEEDS" printed in Mandarin.  I have a 5 pound bag of cumin that's just going to go bad otherwise.


Use rape seed.  That's way when they id the seeds everyone freaks out.

Rape seed is what they use to make Canola oil from.  I guess the marketing guys realized that rape seed oil wasn't a good name.
 
2020-08-11 9:55:15 AM  
3 votes:

jso2897: We figured this scam out weeks ago. Now, are we going to have an excited, hysterical "reveal" about it every time some shiat web writer needs something for a deadline?
If so, we are going to see a lot of articles like this.


Did we actually figure this out? I saw an article that some of the seeds turned out to be squash, but I don't think that explains why they were being sent to random addresses.
 
2020-08-11 9:34:37 AM  
3 votes:
What should we be sending to China? Guns? High fructose corn syrup? Zip ties?
 
2020-08-11 9:32:00 AM  
3 votes:
I have made several orders from aliexpress. Is it bad I am disappointed I'm not getting free stuff?
 
2020-08-11 12:42:26 PM  
2 votes:

webron: mononymous: webron: Marcus Aurelius: It would be fun to mail out seed packets with "Plant these for healthy crops" printed in English, and "WARNING DANGER DO NOT PLANT THESE SEEDS" printed in Mandarin.  I have a 5 pound bag of cumin that's just going to go bad otherwise.

Use rape seed.  That's way when they id the seeds everyone freaks out.

Rape seed is what they use to make Canola oil from.  I guess the marketing guys realized that rape seed oil wasn't a good name.

You said rape twice.

I'm just talking horticulture.  Check your privilege.


Sorry. I thought you just liked rape.

/blazing saddles reference
 
2020-08-11 11:41:47 AM  
2 votes:

webron: Marcus Aurelius: It would be fun to mail out seed packets with "Plant these for healthy crops" printed in English, and "WARNING DANGER DO NOT PLANT THESE SEEDS" printed in Mandarin.  I have a 5 pound bag of cumin that's just going to go bad otherwise.

Use rape seed.  That's way when they id the seeds everyone freaks out.

Rape seed is what they use to make Canola oil from.  I guess the marketing guys realized that rape seed oil wasn't a good name.


You said rape twice.
 
2020-08-11 9:44:12 AM  
2 votes:

rightClick: does washing them or throwing them out cross anyone's mind instead of running to the media for 12 seconds of idiot glory?

/yeah probably a review scam
//ain't gonna read your link
///can't make me


The cynic in me would not be surprised to find the media employing a variation of the same technique.

Review the list of morons who have called with nonsense before
Send them masks or seeds with Chinese labels including information they previously provided to you
Pick up the phone when they call again
Instant local content featuring "real victims"
 
2020-08-11 9:34:50 AM  
2 votes:
Who knew the Chinese were pissed that Tawmy and Gronk signed with the Bucs?
 
2020-08-11 9:30:54 AM  
2 votes:
Maybe it's China's passive-aggressive way of telling the folks in Tampa Bay that they have halitosis & flatulence issues?
 
2020-08-11 9:27:34 AM  
2 votes:
Sharp threw her package in the trash and knew she'd Better Call Behnken to spread the word.

???

I mean, it's free. They're probably perfectly good masks. Some people probably need whatever PPE they can find.
 
2020-08-11 9:25:31 AM  
2 votes:
We figured this scam out weeks ago. Now, are we going to have an excited, hysterical "reveal" about it every time some shiat web writer needs something for a deadline?
If so, we are going to see a lot of articles like this.
 
2020-08-11 8:47:10 AM  
2 votes:
How did they get your information, it was hacked.  They use your address, email, etc to sale to other groups to spam the crap out of you.  They normally don't mess with credit cards or banks because that could cause more financial losses than it's worth.  In other words, they'll make money off your geoinfo and leave the financial information mostly alone.
 
2020-08-11 2:37:20 PM  
1 vote:

Russ1642: Opacity: It's comforting to see the responses from the Customs officers every time one of these unsolicited international delivery stories comes up.

Wait, I haven't seen a single article where they've even asked Customs about their nonexistent inspection or controls of crap flowing into this country.

Why would customs give a shiat about this?


In theory Customs is supposed to inspect foreign shipments coming into the US. Everything from the legitimacy of the sender and receiver is supposed to be verified, but more importantly, they're supposed to prevent dangerous items from coming into the country.

It's been a long time since they actually inspected most shipments, but if they start looking closer into Amazon's practices they can cause a lot of trouble for Amazon by not waving through their orders under the assumption that Amazon is doing all of the required due diligence.
 
2020-08-11 1:23:16 PM  
1 vote:

Fireproof: Eh, what's the worst that can happen with a strange mask?

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Well played. Thanks for triggering the earworm.

Share the wealth, i say.
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2020-08-11 10:05:26 AM  
1 vote:

khatores: Sharp threw her package in the trash and knew she'd Better Call Behnken to spread the word.

???

I mean, it's free. They're probably perfectly good masks. Some people probably need whatever PPE they can find.


I would have tossed them too.  My mind went immediately to smallpox blankets and Crusaders catapulting the bodies of plague victims over the castle walls.  But hopefully you enjoy better mental health than I do.
 
2020-08-11 9:31:42 AM  
1 vote:
Probably pity packs from the rest of the world at this point.
 
2020-08-11 9:29:01 AM  
1 vote:

Salmon: Wtf is Better Call Behnkin?


Better call saul for the milder set?
 
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