Friday, February 17, 2017

Mystery package

I live in an apartment complex... one of those places that's made up of dozens of little two-story buildings that have about 3-4 apartments each.  I live on the first floor and we have a little enclosed patio that opens through glass doors off our living room.  I haven't been out there recently due to cold/snow.

Yesterday, my daughter was looking through the glass doors and said, "Hey, there's a package on our patio!"

Me: "No, there isn't."

Her: "There is."

Me: "It's just an empty box."

Her: "No, it's a package."

So I looked, and sure enough, there was what appeared to be an unopened package on our patio.  We retrieved it, and discovered that it was an Amazon box, and that it was addressed to our neighbors.  It was postmarked about a week earlier.

I have to say, I am 100% baffled as to how our neighbor's package got on our patio, which is nowhere near our front door or ANYONE's front door (it's in the back).  There is also no apartment number on the patio, so nobody would know which patio belonged to which apartment.  The delivery people from Amazon may not always be stellar and sometimes packages get delivered to the wrong door, but I have to believe that Amazon wouldn't just throw a package onto a random patio.  

Has this ever happened to anyone here?  Any thoughts?

9 comments:

  1. You'd be surprised. Last year one of my Amazon packages got "delivered" by someone who walked around to the back Of the building and threw the box up onto a second floor patio.

    It wasn't my balcony. It wasn't even on the right floor. They just picked a random spot and flung the box there.

    Worse, the person who owns that balcony was out of town on vacation. It was more than two weeks before they got home and could retrieve my package for me.

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  2. The last time I ordered from Amazon (Canada), I found the package two days after it had been delivered on our deck. I'm lucky I found it at all, as the deck isn't exactly a high-traffic area in the middle of winter.

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  3. I'd guess that it was mis-delivered to another neighbor's front door and they put it on your patio because they thought it was yours.

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    1. But why not put it in front of my door? The patios are all the way around back and it's not even clear which patio belongs to which apartment.

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  4. Around here, not urban apartment buildings, our UPS guy takes packages around to the back door and knocks and then leaves it on the porch. Now we do know our UPS guy and the back door is the door we use most of the time.
    What with all the reports of thieves following delivery trucks and taking packages off the front porch, we are glad he does this.

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    1. But we don't have a front and back door. We just have a front door, then in the back there are a bunch of unlabeled patios. It's not clear which patio belongs to which apartment. It's not like in a house, where it's obvious that the back door belongs to the same house as the front door.

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  5. Our ups delivery drones (not the quadcopter kind, the mindless kind) deliver things all over the place. they pay more attention to numbers than street names. So 3600 Sycamore Street gets packages sent to 3600 Lee Boulevard quite often.

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  6. http://fortune.com/2017/02/17/amazon-drones-packages-parachutes/

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