Just my 2 cents:
I just don't believe this story. I bought many items through amazon, BH, adoroma and ebay....never have this type of problem
I saw a new article the other day that there was a car accident. I don't believe it--I've been driving for 25 years in all 50 states and have never had an accident.
Just because it's rare and/or never happened to you doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
As for the pictures being staged--I guess if I was photographing an unboxing I might include a cutting the tape shot. And I'd certainly take pics (or preferably video) of every single step the second time around.
Normal person would use other hand to hold the box while cutting the tape.
That one is fake, I could bet on it. Can't prove it still, but it smells like month old sushi.