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Portland woman finds chunk of metal inside new iPad box

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The chunk of metal found inside an iPad Air 2 box, courtesy of Marilyn Clint. The chunk of metal found inside an iPad Air 2 box, courtesy of Marilyn Clint.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

As you’re doing your holiday shopping, there’s a word of warning: you might want to open up the packaging of your expensive gifts before you get home to make sure you’re really getting what you pay for.

A Portland woman just learned that lesson the hard way.

Marilyn Clint, the Chief Operating Officer of the Rose Festival, just bought a brand-new iPad Air 2 at the Fred Meyer on Interstate and Lombard as a birthday gift for her sister.

But when they got home and opened up the box, they were in for a big surprise.

“I just looked at it and said, ‘What?  Where’s the iPad?’” Clint told Fox 12.

Instead of the pricey tablet, they found a chunk of metal duct taped to the inside of the box.

They took it back to the store, and Clint said managers quickly made it right, making sure they got another box that actually contained an iPad.

“They were as shocked as I was at Fred Meyer, so I don’t think they’ve seen this before,” she said.  “The manager of the store said immediately the thieves are getting so good they can seal these things back up. The box was absolutely sealed.”

A spokesperson for Fred Meyer confirms to Fox 12 this is the only report of such a thing the store has received, and it will be investigating where along the supply chain this could have happened.

Clint says her sister spoke with Apple customer service, and was told it had to have happened at the factory before the device was ever shipped.

“I don’t think it’s an isolated thing,” she added.  “As weird as it looked, to look at the picture, I’ve got to think some thieves, some sort of ring of thieves, knew what they were doing and got in there and resealed it.”

She said there were no signs the box had been tampered with, it even beeped as she walked it through the security sensors of the electronics department.

“Probably the piece of metal was just the right weight to feel like the iPad Air 2,” she added, wondering if it was machined to as not to raise alarms if the shipments were weighed before being distributed.

Now, she’s warning other people to double-check their purchases before they leave the check-out counter, wherever they may be making purchases.

“Don’t take it for granted,” she added.  “Even if it looks factory sealed, open it up at the store.”

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