In a bizarre turn of events, Max Kee, the owner of Lian Huat Seafood, found himself at the center of an elaborate prank involving a fictitious $2,000 seafood order, according to Shin Min Daily News. The incident unfolded during a livestream sale last Tuesday, leaving the wholesaler perplexed and highlighting the challenges businesses face in the digital age.
The Prank Unravels
During a Facebook livestream sale, a user named Raymond Tan placed a seemingly genuine order for a variety of seafood items, including sashimi-grade scallops, braised abalone, and stingray steak, totaling $2073.20.
The red flags began to emerge the next morning when the buyer messaged the company, inquiring about the possibility of paying for the items upon delivery, opting for a cash-on-delivery (COD) transaction.
Adding to the peculiar nature of the order, the provided address belonged to a residential unit adjacent to a courier services company. The buyer specified a delivery time after 4 pm and requested the delivery personnel to ring the doorbell.
The Unfortunate Delivery
The courier assigned to the delivery grew suspicious, recognizing the order’s unusual characteristics. However, without the means to contact the buyer directly, the courier proceeded with the delivery as instructed.
Upon arrival at the address, the resident denied placing any seafood order. It was at this moment that Max Kee realized he had fallen victim to an intricate prank orchestrated by the Facebook user.
Aside from the inconvenience and confusion caused, the prank resulted in a financial setback for Lian Huat Seafood. While canned items like abalone and sea asparagus were salvaged, other fresh seafood had to be resold at discounted prices.
Kee expressed his surprise at someone exploiting the cash-on-delivery option intended for elderly customers unfamiliar with online payments. He lamented the irresponsible act, emphasizing the unexpected consequences for his business.
Initially considering filing a police report, Kee decided against pursuing legal action. While the financial loss was not substantial, the incident raises concerns about the potential misuse of COD services for pranks.
Expressing his hope for more responsible customer behavior, Kee urged against similar pranks that can impact businesses, emphasizing the importance of ethical consumer conduct.
In a world increasingly reliant on digital transactions and online interactions, this incident serves as a cautionary tale for businesses navigating the complexities of e-commerce, reminding both sellers and consumers of the need for trust and responsibility.