THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE (USPS) has somehow managed to lose a shipment of 100 rare SNES games worth approximately $10,000, recovering only the label and claiming a sorting machine destroyed the goods.
However, the would-be recipient of the parcel, a Reddit user named Byuu, is instead accusing the USPS of "felony theft", according to a report at Destructoid.
"They shipped me the mother fucking box label and nothing else, claiming the machine ate it. BULLSHIT. If the label came off, it'd belong to the box right next to it without a label," a rather vexed Byuu posted on Reddit.
"I'm also looking for a good lawyer," Byuu posted.
A helpful Reddit user and "former USPS employee" responded to the original post by ensuring Byuu that USPS "DO NOT fuck around when it comes to dealing with possible theft within the USPS" and that "ANY small infraction they find for breaking rules comes with severe consequences".
Which doesn't quite fit with a massive box full of potentially priceless gaming artefacts completely and utterly disappearing without a trace.
In a further statement to Destructoid, Byuu admitted he "still [has] a very bad feeling" about where the games went, but "the truth is [he] can't know for certainty what actually happened".
"But the circumstances are intensely suspicious. The top and bottom of the label is cut cleanly, which doesn't seem likely for a package being ripped open by a machine," he said.
Byuu had been working with a games collector in Frankfurt to convert the game into PAL ROMs as part of a games conservation project to "create the most accurate SNES emulation possible". A Patreon fund has now had to be set up to try and replace the collection.
While the collection could only be ensured for €1000, Byuu pointed out that "it is very difficult to prove the value of retro video games no longer sold commercially, making a claim on such goods extremely difficult to recover". µ
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