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Body is delivered to Philadelphia pet store by mistake

U.S. Airways apologizes for a miscommunication that led to a man's corpse being sent to a store, which was expecting tropical fish. Those are now apparently dead as well.

March 11, 2009|Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Pet store employees expecting a shipment of tropical fish and saltwater got a man's dead body instead.

Mark Arabia owns the Pets Plus store where the mix-up was discovered Tuesday. He says he learned the body was that of a 65-year-old San Diego-area man who died of early onset Alzheimer's disease.

The body was supposed to go to a research laboratory in Allentown, 70 miles away.

US Airways Inc. said the air cargo problem was caused by a "verbal miscommunication" and apologized.

The fish were shipped in three boxes. The corpse was shipped in a wooden coffin wrapped in cardboard.

Arabia says the fish were left at the airport and probably died.

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