- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Florida woman bought her friends what she thought was a baby bouncer at Goodwill as a baby shower gift, but when her friends opened the sealed box, they found a semi-automatic rifle instead, CNN reported.

Veronica Alvarez-Rodriguez said she thought she “was winning” when she found a bath toy and the baby bouncer box, which both appeared to be sealed, at the Valparaiso, Florida, Goodwill on Sunday.

“I thought I hit the jackpot with two gifts that were not open,” she told CNN.

But when expecting mother Amber Rosas and her husband received the bouncer and took it out of the box in front of their baby shower guests, they instead found a Mossberg 715T semi-automatic rifle.

“All of our husbands are military, there were five soldiers around, so they knew what kind of gun it was right away,” Ms. Alvarez-Rodriguez said, CNN reported. “All the questions from people at the party started coming in, and everyone was just laughing.”

The police were eventually called and after they checked Ms. Rosas and her husband for felonies, they were originally told they could keep the gun, CNN said.

However, Crestview Police spokesperson Andrew Schneider told CNN they picked up the .22 caliber rifle Monday to trace the serial number and see if authorities could find the original owner.

If no owner is found, Mr. Schneider says Ms. Rosas and her husband can keep the rifle if they properly register it.

Tamara Williams, Goodwill’s vice president of human resources, told CNN that “crazy things” get donated all the time, including people’s ashes.

She added that she spoke to the employee who took in the baby bouncer donation, and the employee said it wasn’t abnormally heavier than normal or rattled like there was something amiss inside.

Ms. Alvarez-Rodriguez said she reached out to Baby Einstein, the maker of the baby bouncer on Twitter, and while the company said it has no control over other products being donated in its packaging, it promised to send Ms. Rosas a new baby bouncer.

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