In a sense this is a bit of a big nothing-burger and the reaction is a bit pearl-clutchy. But it is still of minor interest on a slow news day. A New York woman got a bit of a Christmas surprise this week when she was unpackaging a her 2 year old’s toy. What looked to be a prison-shank fell out.
“It just fell out of the package as we were opening it,” (Jessica) LeBlanc said.
No one was hurt, but LeBlanc said that could have been different if a child had opened the package.
The family later determined that the toy had been purchased at Rite Aid on Upper Glen Street in Queensbury, and notified police. LeBlanc said she also contacted the manufacturer of the toy as well as Rite Aid.
Stockdale said it probably wasn’t put there by someone with bad intentions, but likely was used by someone during the manufacturing, packing or shipping process.LeBlanc said she went to the media about the matter because she wanted parents to be aware of the potential issue.
“Parents should check toys before giving it to a child, it could save someone from being hurt,” she said.
This is a bit of a one-off. Out of billions of Christmas presents opened worldwide over the years, this is the only instance I have been able to find. Even the classic “razor in a Halloween apple” is nothing but an urban legend, and that one gets a lot more play.
My vote is with innocent mistake. When I was building boats at Hyde in Idaho, we had dozens of tape-wrapped razor-blades lying around. It would be pretty easy to accidentally leave one behind in a boat or have it fall into a package at the shipping station.