UPS Mistakenly Delivers A Rifle Instead Of Child’s Christmas Gift (Updated)

If you’re the “safe space” type, the title of this article probably frightens you to the point of having to take days off of work for counseling.  While there is a reason for concern with a situation like this, luckily the rifle eventually found its way to a loving home.

According to 13wham, an ABC affiliate out of Rochester, NY., a UPS driver mistakenly delivered a semi-automatic rifle, scope, bipod and ammunition magazines to the Berman residence in Oceanside, NY.

An excerpt from the article reads:

“Joel Berman opened the keyboard-sized case in front of his wife and 6-year-old granddaughter Wednesday night in Oceanside, on Long Island.

Instead of a toy plane they were buying for their friend’s son, they found a semi-automatic rifle, scope, stand, ammo clip, and copies of an Arizona man’s driver’s license and concealed-weapons permit.

They hustled their granddaughter out of the room and called police, who picked up the weapon.”

While accidentally delivering any firearm into the wrong hands could potentially lead to very bad things, I would like to point out the ridiculous reaction of Joel Berman and his wife.

“They hustled their granddaughter out of the room”

Why?  Were they afraid that their granddaughter had a stash of ammo and was just waiting for the opportune moment to go on a killing spree?  Because let’s be honest, the rifle is just as dangerous while sitting in that box as the toy airplane that they were expecting.  They are both inanimate objects that, by themselves, have the ability to hurt no one.  Yet an irrational fear of guns caused them to rush their granddaughter out of the room as if the rifle was an angry rattlesnake.

This is an example of the brainwashing that is happening in these anti-gun states like New York.

UPS says it’s investigating the “highly unusual incident.” The company says it accepts legal shipments of some firearms. It says shippers must meet certain requirements.

UPDATE:

Reliable-News has been contacted a few times about the authenticity of this story, calling it fake.  Through further research, it would appear that Newsday, the originator of the story, has published three separate articles about this story.

In one article, they describe the Berman’s as rushing their grandchild out of the room.  In two others, they make no mention of it happening like that.

In this article, and this one, which are essentially the same but with two separate URLs, they describe the Berman’s calmly explaining to the grandchild that Santa delivered the wrong toy

“The couple opened the keyboard-sized hard case Wednesday night in front of their 6-year-old granddaughter, wondering how it could be the Kohl’s toy, meant for the son of a friend.  “Her mouth popped open,” the grandfather said. “We had to explain to her Santa delivered the wrong thing.””

In this article, Newsday describes the incident as we originally reported:

“Instead of a toy plane they were buying for their friend’s son, they found a semi-automatic rifle, scope, stand, ammo clip, and copies of an Arizona man’s driver’s license and concealed-weapons permit.

They hustled their granddaughter out of the room and called the police, who picked up the weapon.”

There are people out there who think they “got us,” here at Reliable-News, on sensationalizing a story, but we didn’t.  If our source can’t get their own story straight and  Joel Berman isn’t taking calls about this, we can only report to you what our research finds.

2 Replies to “UPS Mistakenly Delivers A Rifle Instead Of Child’s Christmas Gift (Updated)

  1. That’s rather strange. The original Newsday article says nothing about “hustling the grandchild out of the room”. The only things it says are:

    The couple opened the keyboard-sized hard case Wednesday night in front of their 6-year-old granddaughter, wondering how it could be the Kohl’s toy, meant for the son of a friend.

    “Her mouth popped open,” the grandfather said. “We had to explain to her Santa delivered the wrong thing.”

    There’s nothing in the article about the over-the-top reaction you describe in your article. It IS in the WHAM-13 article, but I have no clue where THEY got that. The Newsday article doesn’t show that at all.

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