TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 21.24 DATE: June 13, 2021
SUBJECT: DON'T BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ
Don't believe everything you read, it could cost you some money. In a storage room a cardboard box sat on the shelf not being opened. Why open the box, on the outside of the box stamped in big red ink were the words "EMPTY BOX" "USED FOR FILLER". The box sat on the shelf for several weeks until it was time to make room for more electronic equipment.
The box was about to be thrown away when some one said "this box is heavier than what an empty box should be". The box was opened and about $2000 dollars of electronic equipment cards was removed. Since the electronic cards weren't very heavy, and they were wrapped securely in packing material, the box seemed to be empty. The shipper of the electronic equipment had reused the box to ship the equipment and didn't bother to mark out any of the "EMPTY BOX" words. The box was stamped with no less that three times on each of the six sides, and not a one of them was marked out indicating the box was just being reused.
So the next time you see a box, and you're not for sure what's in it, open it up, you might just find a treasure, or trip an explosive device. In any case don't always believe what you read.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV