Teresa Gostomski was "excited" to open a Google Home device that her daughters gave her for the holidays.
But when she opened the box, she found a sealed sandbag.
There was "… no." Papers, no hub, no strings, nothing, "she wrote in a Facebook post from that day that was first reported by The Carroll County Times .
Gostomski saw that the box was" brand new " "And said the sand was just weighted to mimic the voice-activated device.
She found the purchase of Ellicott City Walmart on December 15.
In the post, Gostomski explained how she had gone through the shock and angry steps to action. She said she contacted Google support to tell her "if it happened in her factory" and "to give the serial number," but apparently she was told that Walmart was the third party, and her Problem with them
"My daughter hopes that she will believe her and not mourn her [because] she was opened," she wrote in the post.
It turns out that Gostomski was not the only victim of electronics fraud
Janet Bischoff posted a photo of an open box on a community Facebook page.
She said she expected the opening of a new nest of Hello Doorbells, which she had bought in Eldersburg's Walmart, and found a "factory-sealed box … filled with sandpaper."
Later she told the Carroll County Times that she had purchased the item on "Tuesday after Thanksgiving" to take him away with the sale and put it in a cupboard.
"There was no reason to believe it was not there," she said.
When an electrician came to help her install the device, she said, "I thought, 'Wait a minute … where is the doorbell? "I could not believe I was so deceived."
A Howard County Police Department police officer said Walmart had raised the issue and said that this had been the case so far had not become criminal. The company did not immediately respond to Newsweeks Request for Opinion .
A Walmart spokesman said The Carroll County Times that they did not receive many requests, the affected customers were advised to return to the store.
Gostomski released an update to her account on Thursday confirming that Walmart had filed her claim and "accepted the return."
She wrote that the store was "really shocked to see that." it had happened. "