US Airways Delivers Corpse To Pet Store

If you’re a pet store employee, probably the only thing worse than opening up a shipment of live tropical fish to find them dead is opening up a shipment of live tropical fish to find a human body intended for a research facility in a neighboring town. That’s what happened at a Pets Plus in Philadelphia yesterday, and US Airways says the mixup was caused by a “verbal miscommunication between a delivery driver and the cargo representative” and that they’re deeply sorry.

“Pet store expects fish shipment, but gets corpse” [Huron Daily Tribune] (Thanks to Joanne!)
(Photo: cliff1066)


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  1. sebadoh128 says:

    Was the corpse’s name, Chum?


  2. bastion72 says:

    At least it wasn’t a hairless frozedn, thawed, and refrozen hairless cat.

  3. Kelvin Phong Tran says:

    Did they set up the necessary precautions for flying fishing in the air?

  4. cmdrsass says:

    maybe the live tropical fish are now taking hostages

  5. Wit says:

    Nice! Can this be an episode of Bones?

    • rockasocky says:

      @Wit: I had the exact same thought. Brennan and Booth pose as pet store employees and flirt in an unresolved-sexual-tension sort of way…like they do EVERY week.

  6. ScubaSteveKzoo says:

    Hmm. Thought they would “take this seriously.”

    They just blamed it on an accident.

    I call shenanigans.

  7. mdoublej says:

    He was sleeping with the fishes!

  8. CrowMignon says:

    So much for not being caught dead at Pets Plus.

  9. floraposte says:

    A “verbal miscommunication” made “fish” sound like “corpse”? That’s one hell of a speech impediment.

  10. RockStarr says:

    If this happened to me back when I was working the fish dept at a pet store I would have been traumatized for life.

  11. Damocles57 says:

    I wonder how many fish the research facility examined before realizing they didn’t have a human body?

    Or, maybe they have started a new project to examine how a corpse can reverse the forces of evolution and revert to fishes….

  12. rpm773 says:

    If it were my corpse that had been incorrectly shipped to a Pets Plus, I probably wouldn’t care.

  13. I♥Hannah_GitEmSteveDave says:

    No one here seems concerned, and that bothers me. What did the people at the other facility think? Perhaps they were traumatized when they opened the box and there was something alive in it!

  14. GuJiaXian says:

    Doesn’t this sound sort of like the beginning to “Arachnophobia?”

  15. Jenkinsbball says:

    At first, I thought they meant like, dead fish. I was in my “who cares mode”, but reading that it was an actual human corpse…. eek. Must’ve sucked to be that kid.

  16. nakedscience says:

    lol oops.

  17. Chantillian says:

    “If it were my corpse that had been incorrectly shipped to a Pets Plus, I probably wouldn’t care.”

    Same here. And ditto if it’s somebody ELSE’S corpse.
    Maybe that’s just me.

  18. Brontide says:

    Could have been worse. If it were some electronics like an XBOX then the airline would not have been responsible.

  19. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Lovely – not only did they receive the wrong shipment, but their shipment never arrived.

    Arabia said the fish were left at the airport and probably died.

  20. ekthesy says:

    Somewhere this afternoon, some funeral home employees are standing around an opened box, scratching their heads and saying “Now how the hell are we going to embalm these fish?”

  21. N.RobertMoses says:

    So apparently the only competent employees of USAir are the crew of flight 1549 on January 15, 2009.

  22. legwork says:

    I would so be on the PA system.

    “CLEANUP, fish aisle!”

  23. KyleOrton says:

    Are bodies and fish transported in similar containers? If I buy wholesale fish from Directbuy, do I get the option of a body bag’s worth or pay more for coffin packaging?

    Are fish fer eatin’ sold the same way?

  24. HogwartsAlum says:

    HOW does this happen!?

  25. ben gardners boat says:

    Mom, can we keep him!!???

  26. RedwoodFlyer says:

    Sure beats the time the tried using an A320 to deliver corpses to the fish in the Hudson…

  27. runswithscissors says:

    Pfft – so they opened the box and found something dead. Big deal! Just scoop him out with the little net and carry on.


  28. insertname says:

    I’d like to think one of the guys at the funeral home quit over this… when else could you possibly use the line ‘So long and thanks for all the fish.’ I’d quit just for being given an excuse.

  29. fuzzmanmatt says:

    Holy damn small world! How the heck did you come across a story from Pennsylvania in a small town newspaper based out Bad Axe, MI?

    The only reason I even read this story is because of the source. My dad used to be the editor of the Tribune, and I thought you’d made a mistake!

  30. ElizabethD says:

    Paging writers for CSI, NCIS, and/or Bones!

  31. entertheoctopus says:

    Frank: Let me ask you a question: did you ever see that movie, “Night of the Living Dead”?
    Freddy: Oh, yeah, yeah – that’s the one where the corpses start eating the people, right? What about it?
    Frank: Did you know that story was based on a true case?
    Freddy: [chuckles] Aw, c’mon, you’re shitting me, right?
    Frank: I ain’t never been more serious in my life.

  32. trujunglist says:


    no, no it can’t, because Bones is almost definitely canceled.

  33. MBEmom says:

    My dad would say “What we have here…is a failure to communicate.”