Sending things through the post can always be a risky proposition if the items are valuable, like a roughly $USD 400 Tamron lens that you just sold on Ebay. But if something happens, and you get insurance, you expect everything to be handled properly. But what if that expectation is more of a vain hope? Twenty-four-old UK-based photographer and mechanical design engineer Jacob Hawkins sold his Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VC lens on Ebay in August 2017. He shipped the lens from his home in Sheffield, Yorkshire, to the Ebay buyer in London to whom he had sold the lens for a little under $USD 300. Upon receipt, the buyer informed Jacob that the Royal Mail had not just damaged the lens in transit, but had obliterated it by means that still defy even the most vivid of imaginations. Hawkins told the Daily Mail the damage was so extensive that the object “rattled in the box” according to the buyer in London, a sign that Hawkins thinks should have alerted the Royal Mail delivery driver that the fragile cargo inside could be potentially damaged. “They must have already known that it was smashed when they handed it over to the buyer because it was bagged up and you would have been able to hear things moving around in there,” he told the Daily Mail.