Internet sleuths try to solve why Australian woman received 150 bottles of Gatorade, Coke Zero

An Australian woman’s TikTok series has lured in internet sleuths to figure out why she’s been receiving numerous bags of Powerade, Gatorade and other various soft drinks without ordering them.

Sydney resident @carismaraffs introduced the mystery on April 22 with a video showing the 31 bags of soft drinks that had been delivered to her house over the course of two days. According to her, the bags held 125 bottles, and each delivery had the same amount of beverages.


Ive had over 125 bottles of the same drink left at my door in 30 different deliveries .. #gaterade #powerade #sydney #delivery #story

♬ original sound – Carismaraffs

The deliveries continued up until 7 p.m. The following day — the third day of the deliveries — there were fewer drop-offs, but the drinks changed.

“This time, it was four quantities of Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta and Mount Franklin bottles,” @carismaraffs explained. Mount Franklin is an Australian spring water brand. “I’m still not sure where they’re coming from and how they’re getting here, but they just keep turning up at my door, and now there’s not even a doorbell. They just keep leaving them.”

Even the delivery people thought it was strange she kept receiving bags of different beverages despite her claiming she wasn’t placing the orders herself. Commenters tried to get a closer look at the bags, with one person suggesting they looked like they might be from Coles Express, an Australian chain of convenience stores.

In total, by the end of three days, @carismaraffs received 150 soft drinks.

She allegedly discovered the orders were being placed through DoorDash, according to a since-deleted TikTok. According to the Daily Dot, which covered the update before it was taken down, @carismaraffs called DoorDash, and was told she could keep the beverages.

She also was allegedly allowed to learn the first names of the person or people placing the orders and even tried to call one of the phone numbers.

“The drivers had the first name,” @carismaraffs wrote in a comment. “When I got a hold of one of them they tried to call the number connected [to] it [but it] said ‘this number is disconnect[ed]’?”

But ultimately, @carismaraffs still doesn’t know where the deliveries originated from or why someone was sending so many orders to her apartment specifically.

Commenters had a number of theories as to what was happening. A popular one is that @carismaraffs’s address just happened to be part of a “brushing” scam, where “brushers” order things to random addresses in order to make it appear a legitimate transaction took place and then write positive reviews for it.

However, brushing scams usually take place over third-party sellers like Amazon and eBay.

Another theory is that this could be someone testing out stolen credit card information. Some scammers will use credit card information on small orders through platforms like DoorDash to see if the order successfully processes and gets delivered. Because the purchase is so small, typically it will take a while for the owner of the card to notice and shut down the card.

@carismaraffs added in a comment that she had checked her bank statements and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. But it still doesn’t explain why so many orders showed up on her front doorstep.

This isn’t the first time Sydney has been hit with warnings about food delivery scams. In November 2022, Sydney residents were warned about people posing as delivery drivers allegedly breaking into homes. One woman warned that someone who dropped off an empty Hello Fresh box on her doorstep was caught on CCTV trying to see if her front door was unlocked.

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