Say Fedex delivers a package, you open it, and inside, what initially appears to be a bag of scented spices turns to be, well, that substance Justin Bieber was recently accused of smoking.
And say further that after you inform local law enforcement of the drug delivery, and after they inform FedEx, the delivery company lets the intended recipient know where you live anyway — prompting said recipient to show up at your home looking for the package, with friends.
That is what allegedly happened to Maryangela Tobin of Plymouth, Mass., who’s now suing FedEx, accusing the shipper of violating her privacy and endangering her family,according to CBS Boston.
When the package first arrived, Tobin reportedly mistook it for a birthday present for her daughter: She says it contained candles, pixie sticks and peppermint, and “something we thought was potpourri.” But potpourri it wasn’t: the vacuum-packed bags turned out to be marijuana. According to CBS Boston, Tobin called the police, who picked up the package and got in touch with FedEx to warn them that the Tobins might be at risk in the event the intended recipient came looking for it. An hour later, Tobin claims, someone arrived at her home looking for the package accompanied by two other men.
“I knew it was the person looking for the package, I was very nervous,” said Tobin, who she slammed and bolted the front door as the person outside asked her if FedEx had picked up the package. She says she’s now concerned for her family’s safety, adding “I walk into my house first every time, my kids don’t.”
In the suit, Tobin alleges that FedEx disclosed her address to suspected drug dealers despite explicit police recommendations not to and in violation of Massachusetts privacy laws.