Package thieves: A Slice of Life Story

15 Dec


You can’t see our stoops from the street.

I smugly thought that would keep us safe from package thieves. Unless they actually come up the 10 steps to the courtyard of the 10-unit condominium where I live, package thieves won’t even know anything has been delivered.

I guess they are getting more brazen and devious because I was hit last week.

A few months ago, at our last Oregon Basset Hound Rescue meeting, I suggested we send out an end of the year appeal letter. As with most small organizations, the work falls to the person who made the suggestion, but I accepted it readily. I wrote the letter and wanted to include a small envelope so people could mail in their checks. I looked around in stores, but found none that fit #10 envelopes, so I decided to look online. I found the perfect envelopes at Amazon and ordered 300. Since I would also have to go out and buy 300 #10 envelopes, I decided to order them at the same time, assuming they’d all come in one package.

Well, Amazon sometimes works in mysterious ways and they were shipped separately.  The small envelopes came first and  I was tracking the progress of the larger envelopes. They were scheduled to be delivered last Monday, a day I had a late meeting and wouldn’t be home until after 8. It was also a day of the torrential rain that darted the flooding in Portland.

As I mounted the steps after my long day, I could see the box on my stoop. It was larger than I expected, but you never really know how things will come packaged.

As I got closer I could see that one of the flaps appeared to be open. Weird, I thought.

When I arrived at my door step, I saw that the box was completely open and all that remained inside was the packing material. I was confused and disheartened. How could this happen to me?

Once I had the box inside, my eye caught the address label. The box was not addressed to me. It was addressed to someone who lived two streets over and four blocks down. How did it get to my stoop? Was this a massive conspiracy? Are the holiday package thieves so devious they’d swap  large empty box for a smaller one?

I sent out e-mails to all my condominium neighbors. I’m our HOA secretary and have them all in my address book.

My neighbor on my east side works from home. He e-mailed me back saying he saw my package and had gone out around noon to put a plastic bag over it because of the rain. He has since offered to pick up any packages that appear, and  I picked up that last one I expected from him yesterday.

The whole thing has left me with a swirl of emotions. I feel disheartened and violated by the thief; strengthened and supported by my neighbors. And, I can’t help laughing, trying to picture the thief’s face as they opened the stolen box and found 300 envelopes.


7 Responses to “Package thieves: A Slice of Life Story”

  1. Lisa Orchard December 15, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    Sorry to hear your envelopes were stolen, but at least it wasn’t something of great value! Humorous story for the holidays! I’m stopping over from the Slice of Life. Thanks for sharing your story today!

  2. kathleentobiasson December 15, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    This is so sad! I appreciate the effort that you made to craft a well written story, with a solid hook and transitions. As a middle school teacher, it is nice to read blogs that have these great craft elements!

  3. Haddon Musings December 15, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    I am with you – being really angry about being ripped off and wishing to see the look on their faces when they see envelopes!

  4. Linsey Taylor December 15, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    So ridiculous! I hope they enjoy the 300 envelops. :/

  5. Tara Smith December 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    Serves ’em right!

  6. arjeha December 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    So sorry to hear about this. Somehow can’t believe that there is a high resale market for envelopes. I know it is not funny, but I did enjoy the humor you found in this piece.

  7. elsie December 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    That is awful! I’m glad it was only envelopes, but it’s the principal of the matter.

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