Federal customs agents seized 2,000 allegedly counterfeit earbuds at JFK Airport — only to have the manufacturer demand their return.
US Customs and Border Patrol said the shipment of knock-off Apple AirPods was discovered in an air cargo facility after arriving from Hong Kong en route to Nevada.
“THAT’S NOT AN [APPLE],” the CPB tweeted Sunday, using a red fruit emoji.
The tweet also included two photos of the seized goods, including a red-and-white box labeled “OnePlus Buds.”
The merchandise, if genuine, would have been worth $398,000, the CPB added.
“The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily,” CPB Director of New York Field Operations Troy Miller said in a statement.
But in response, OnePlus USA tweeted early Monday, “Hey, give us those back!” along with an upside-down smiley face.
The company later followed up with a tweet that mockingly alluded to the incident,