March 6, 2015
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Employees of a Philadelphia pet store
expecting to get a shipment of tropical fish and salt water by air
cargo ended up getting a human body instead.
Mark Arabia owns the Pets Plus store in Northeast Philadelphia
where the mix-up was discovered Tuesday. He says he eventually
learned that the body he got was that of a 65-year-old San
Diego-area man who died of early onset Alzheimer's Disease. The
body was supposed to go to a laboratory in Allentown so samples
could be taken for medical research.
US Airways released a statement saying the problem was caused by
a "verbal miscommunication between a delivery driver and the cargo
representative." The airline says it's deeply sorry.
Arabia says he believes the fish died as a result.
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