Ever considered just how many Amazon packages have been delivered to your house over the past year?

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If your place is anything like mine, the number of those deliveries is probably staggering. And when you find that delivery on your porch, you, unassumingly, haul it inside and immediately rip it open to admire its contents, never once considering that opening that package could actually be detrimental to your household.


Well, I'm sorry to be the one to rob you of your naivety, but those days have abruptly ended.

KSLA has reported that Amazon has had to close their facility in Amarillo, Texas due to an infestation of bed bugs.

It's a temporary closure, though unknown for how long, and the closure effective immediately.

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

According to Amazon spokesperson Sam Stephenson, “We’ve temporarily closed our site in Amarillo after identifying the presence of bed bugs in the building.” Stephenson continued, “All employees are being paid while the site is closed. Other sites in the area are handling customer orders.”

Amazon explained that products from this particular installation will not be sent out to customers during the closure, and that the facility's current inventory will be recycled or returned to suppliers after undergoing an inspection.

What About Those Packages That Were Shipped Before The Discovery?

However, the thought has occurred to me, "What about the products that were shipped prior to the discovery of the bed bugs in the facility?" They had to have come from somewhere, and in all likelihood it was in the product they received from one of their suppliers. So, how many packages shipped out that could possibly be contaminated?

Might be worth your while to intensely examine those packages outside, before bringing them indoors. Better to be safe than sorry.

However, this could all be God's sense of humor for porch pirates, and if so, well played God, well played.

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