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Crafting Machine, $150. Potatoes? Priceless.

Crafty aunts and mothers alike began to rejoice after the Cricut device was invented. The Cricut is a device that cuts paper into just about any pattern you desire, making it easier for Scrapbookers and Crafters to master their  art projects.

…and, to note, a potato is a starchy plant tuber that is one of the most important food crops, cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

Now, these two items are barely interchangeable, and quite frankly could not have less to do with one another. Walmart, however, does not seem to agree with me.

WREG TV reports that when a Tennessee woman opened a gift — purchased at the big box store — over the weekend she expected to find the Cricut described on the packaging, but instead she got 10 potatoes.

“When I opened the box, it was full of sprouting potatoes,” the woman recalls. “My dad is very upset, it’s not what he purchased for $150.”

“Lesson learned, always check the box before you leave the store,” she said.

In a statement to WREG, Walmart apologized for the inconvenience, adding that it wants “customers to be satisfied with products they purchase at our stores. If for any reason they are not, we will exchange or refund the item.”

Hilarious? Sure. Harmless? Yep. Walmart is a big enough company where this charade barely hurt either side, and they did the correct thing in refunding the woman.

There is a lesson to be learned here, however. In the past few years there have been multiple occasions in which this has occurred. These occurrences are as follows:

  • Feb. 2016: A CVS customer in Boston got a more intriguing surprise inside her heating pad box: someone else’s family keepsakes.
  • Dec. 2015: A 9-year-old opened a PlayStation 4 box only to find a block of wood.
  • Dec. 2014: A Denver-area man who thought he bought a PS4 from Walmart opened the box to discover that he’d paid hundreds of dollars for a box of taped-up rocks.
  • Jan. 2014: A scammer did a decent job of doctoring up a tile to look like an iPad that was then sold in California.
  • Nov. 2012: A Walmart customer wasn’t happy to find out he’d spent $480 on an iPad, only to end up with box full of random plastic pieces.
  • May 2012: Another Walmart, another fake iPad. This time the box contained a bunch of notepads.

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