My new fake ID | I recently purchased a Canon 5D Mark II. I opened the package from UPS, because it looked right. The camera box also looked right, so I opened that. Once inside the first flap, however, it started to look wrong. There was a pink post-it note with “The battery is inside the camera, thanks” scrawled rather legibly — but any scrawling at all on a post-it note on a would-be new camera box is rather wrong. That’s red flag number one. Inside, I found the battery packaging open, some other packaging open and creases in the warranty paper work. That’s red flag number two. Also, I found no packaging receipt.
Red flag number three was very interesting. Noticing that the camera itself looked to be in perfect shape, I decided to turn it on – after all, whomever left the pink note had already left the battery in the camera. It turned on. The screen displayed a message in Korean. Everything was in Korean. Everything. The menus were in Korean, so I had to use my other Canon to match up the menus and figure out how to place the camera into English (which it should have been factory) and continue problem solving. I decided to open the manual to see if anything else was off with this particular camera… and that’s when this driver’s license fell out and onto the floor.
The license sat there at my feet for a few seconds as I stared at this development in disbelief. Fearing that my camera was not in fact new, or perhaps even hot, I called the seller to rectify the situation. After three phone calls with them and a visit from the local police to search the guy’s ID for a police record and the camera’s serial number to see if it was reported stolen (this was encouraged by the seller), everything came back clean. It turns out my camera was probably a return that got mixed up in shipping and sent out as “new,” which it certainly was not.
My new new camera arrived rush delivery a day later. I received a $50 credit for future purchases from the seller, and I shipped back the bogus “new” camera once the new new camera was in my possession. I’ll be reimbursed for the mailing costs. In the end, I’ve also acquired a great new fake ID – which looks nothing like me – and expires a few years from now.
Why this ID was in the box remains a mystery. I’m tempted to mail it to the man who obviously lost it, but I’m almost certain he’s gotten himself a new ID by now. I’m tempted to keep it as part of a very strange story. The police said I could. I took the photo of the ID with my Canon T3I while waiting for the second 5D Mark II.