The company we turn to when we need a gift shipped across the country in a hurry doesn’t accepts gifts shipped across the country in a hurry.
Amazon turned down a 21-foot-tall saguaro cactus on Tuesday that was being sent to CEO Jeff Bezos as an incentive to consider Tucson, Ariz., as a possible location for the tech giant’s second headquarters. Sun Corridor Inc., the economic development group for the desert region, was behind the stunt last week.
A tweet from the Amazon News feed said that the iconic desert plant (valued at around $2,000) was being donated to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson.
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) September 19, 2017
A news release from Sun Corridor on Tuesday said that they will work with museum staff to find a suitable location for the cactus. The release also noted that Amazon has indicated to Sun Corridor “that the company looks forward to receiving Tucson’s RFP to host Amazon HQ2.”
For its part, the Desert Museum is happy to get the cactus. Ranked by TripAdvisor.com as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country, the 98-acre attraction is home to hundreds of animal species and 1,200 types of plants, including 56,000 individual specimens.