I think it’s no secret that reporters get unsolicited gifts in the mail or at posh press events from time to time.
That’s especially true for reporters on the auto beat.
A bunch of auto beat reporters a couple years ago (not me) got I-Pads in the mail. I’m pretty sure they were returned due to their various employers’ ethics policies. No one has owned up to keeping one!
Not all the gifts are that obvious in their attempt to curry favor.
And some are flat-out hilarious.