An Early Merry Christmas Just in Time for Labor Day

Hey, I hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend (if you’re in the US).

In honor of Labor Day, I would like to share one of my favorite work mishaps. There have been a few doozies across my many, many, odd jobs over the years—from chasing out a family of groundhogs that had made a nest behind recycling equipment, to something I like to call “The Irregularly Shaped Gourd Incident of 2012”.

But today I’d like to talk about a mishap that occurred while I was employed at a 3PL (third-party logistics—that’s a company that makes shipping arrangements for those who aren’t familiar). Anyway, one day there was a mix-up in the dispatch of the drayage carrier that resulted in a misdelivered shipment.

Our client called, angry that they had received four pallets of Christmas ornaments they didn’t know what to do with.

That’s not the funny part.

The funny part, my friends, is that someone, somewhere, who was expecting Christmas ornaments instead received over 100 kgs (about 200 lbs) of desiccated bull penises.

Merry Christmas!

7 thoughts on “An Early Merry Christmas Just in Time for Labor Day

    1. Yeah, a lot of scrambling. Easy enough to get the ornaments picked up, but we weren’t actually sure where the bull penises ended up because they weren’t our client. I’m sure their forwarder was having a hell of time with it. In the end the drayage carrier sorted it out because they had all the information. But boy, was our client mad! It shut down their manufacturing line, so they were just twiddling their thumbs while back-orders were stacking up. (It was a dog food company, in case you ever wondered what those braided chew toys are made of)

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