A WOMAN who paid £1,100 for a new iPhone was shocked after receiving an apple-flavoured yoghurt in place of the smartphone she ordered.
The woman, named Liu, from East China’s Anhui Province, spoke out about the bizarre situation in a video spread on Chinese social media platform Weibo, Global Times reported.
Liu had paid 10,099 yuan – or £1,100 – to buy the new iPhone 12 Pro Max (256GB) on Apple’s official website on February 16.
But when the package arrived two days later, Liu opened it to find a box of apple-flavoured yoghurt inside.
“The courier said he left the package in a parcel locker in my residential community,” Liu said in the video uploaded to Weibo, “and I didn’t [complain].”
The video had gone viral on Weibo, with commenters hypothesising about what might have happened to the phone.
Local police investigating the odd situation, are reportedly treating it as a case of theft.
Officers suspected the package may have been interfered with by criminals after it left Apple’s warehouse.
Both Apple, and the courier company used for the delivery – Express Mail Service – said they would also be conducting an investigation into the crime.
Liu’s account of the unwanted substitution has gone viral on Weibo, with dozens of commenters speculating about what might have happened.
Legal expert Zhang Bo said one commenter’s theory, that Liu had purchased the phone from a fake site, was a very real possibility.
Online shoppers should take care to protect themselves from scams, he said.
“Double check whether it is a legal and formal website before paying, and open the package when the courier is there.
“Call the police as soon as possible if there’s something wrong.”