Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get weirder, reports indicate that people are now receiving seeds in the mail.
Utah resident Lori Culley recently shared her experience with the seeds, which appear to be coming from China. This week, Culley said she opened her mailbox to find two packages with the words “stud earrings” on the attached China Post labels. After seeing the packages, she realized she had not placed an order for jewelry, but said she was still excited to open the unexpected surprise.
Culley opened the vinyl envelopes to see her new bling but instead discovered two baggies of seeds. She did what anyone else would do in that situation — she posted pictures to social media. And it was a good thing she did. As it turns out, Culley wasn’t the only one feeling confused and scared after receiving unsolicited seeds.
Over 40 of her Facebook friends commented on the post with claims of receiving similar seeds with deceptive descriptions — ranging from “earrings" to "wire connectors" — on the mailers.
"There was an article that I found in the UK saying this has been happening over there, and they are bad seeds, they are invasive,” Culley told FOX 13. "I hope that it's nothing too serious. Don't throw them in the garbage, don't plant them, don't touch them."
Culley reached out to the Utah Department of Agriculture and a statement was issued. The department is now urging anyone who has received a package of the seeds to contact them immediately.
Seed packages are showing up in other states.
Additionally, similar deliveries have also been made to people in other states, including Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Minnesota, and Washington.
As the number of packages increased, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a statement confirming an investigation into the “suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China."
USDA officials are urging Americans to refrain from planting the seeds as they are from “unknown origins” and could potentially cause serious harm to U.S. agriculture.
The mysterious seeds have been causing quite a stir on social media. Many users have been sharing their thoughts on the situation, and it seems some are even feeling left out.
One user decided the warnings from government officials were unnecessary as she was already taught not to mess with weird seeds.
As for this user, it seems no warning or storybook lesson will be enough to keep them from reaping the fruits of their seeds.