A parcel which vibrated and made strange noises caused panic in a post office in eastern Germany on Wednesday before it was revealed that it was an inflatable erotic doll, police said.
Caution: remove batteries before transport
"The post office worker thought it could have been a dangerous object, even a bomb," a spokesman for the Chemnitz police said.
The police were called and noticed that the sender's address was on the package.
When they confronted the red-faced sender of the parcel, he explained it was a lifesize sex doll which he had packed up to be sent back to the manufacturers because it had failed to have the desired effect.
"He opened the package and expertly removed the batteries," said the spokesman. "It was rather embarrassing for the sender."