How a Stinky Box of Fruit Caused the Evacuation of a German Post Office

Malaysian woman holding Durian fruit known for its smell.

If you’re in the business of accepting or handling mail in this world, you can’t be too careful. People can put anything they want in tidy little envelopes or neatly packaged boxes, and you never know what’s inside of them until you slice them open.

Most of the time there’s nothing harmful inside, but in rare instances poisons, bombs, or other deadly materials have cost people their lives.

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My postman told me to leave the package on top of the box. Within a square block of this location lives a VA State Trooper, two Fairfax County police officers, a FBI Agent, and a Secret Service Agent. I'm sure no one will be concerned about this random package sitting there… 😂🇺🇲 #suspiciouspackage #seesomethingsaysomething #supportlawenforcement

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So when a German post office received a package that stunk to high heaven, the officials there weren’t taking any chances. They thought it could be a serious gas leak and ordered everyone to safety.

The mysterious parcel was flagged in Schweinfurt, Germany, where workers initially reported feeling “unwell” because of the fumes. Emergency response was called, including police, firefighters, and other emergency services, and twelve employees were treated for nausea. Six were transported to receive additional medical attention.

A police spokesperson told CNN.

“Due to the unknown content, it was initially unclear whether the suspect package posed a greater risk.”

Officials inspected the parcel, opening to to find not harmful gas (technically) but a box full of Thai durian fruits sent to a 50-year-old Nuremberg resident by a friend.

People describe the smell of a durian – the “world’s stinkiest fruit” – as rotten onions, turpentine, and raw sewage. They’re native to Borneo and Sumatra, and somehow, there are people who can overlook it’s odor to enjoy the sweet fruit.

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YASSSSSSSS!!!! 🤤 #durian #kampung

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Bless them.

I can only assume the man in Nuremberg was happy to receive his parcel, but have to believe those postal workers won’t be tempted to try the spiked delicacy any time soon.

Have you ever had a durian? Let us know what you think of it!