This isn’t in the pit because I’m really not mad about it or pitting anyone. I just find it incredibly bizarre.
I had a very strange experience with the postal service, today.
I went out to get my mail today, and there was a little slip in my mailbox saying that I had a package, and that they had missed me. I have a lot of postal issues that I won’t get into, involving them refusing to knock or ring my doorbell (they see no car in my driveway, assume no one is home, and just throw a slip in my box without ever knocking). But, I digress.
I got my little postal slip, with no sender name filled out, my name mis-spelled, my address incomplete, and no bother of checking off the box that says the package is at the post office. So, I called them to figure out what was up. I was not expecting any really large packages.
There was a real hassle figuring out how to get this package, because I have no transportation of any kind and the thing was apparently huge. I managed to get to the post office to get it, and was a little surprised.
It was a very large, very damaged box. Holes were poking through everywhere. It was covered in tape. It was covered in plastic. It was marked ‘received damaged’. Now, the only thing I was expecting in the mail were a couple of small books that had been shipped to me via slow ‘surface’ mail from overseas. Apparently this was my package!
I was very puzzled, still, and brought it home to see what was going on.
The box literally fell apart as we tried to carry it inside. Pictures were taken with my cellphone, so they’re not the best, but they should be adequate.
This is what the box looked like upon getting it into the house:
It seems that the customs form was put inside a plastic bag, and then taped to the bottom of the box:
And um. This is what I found inside:
This weighed at least 50 lbs. Closer to 100, but I don’t have a scale. I could barely lift it, and I’m not a TOTAL wimp.
The books that I had been expecting were sort of in there. They were somewhere in that mess, bent and damaged. All of that other stuff? There are dictionaries, encyclopedias, exercise videocassettes, a curling iron, some random textbooks in a handful of languages (Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portugese), and some binders that look like they’re full of reports or notes in Spanish. There were car magazines, and political and economics books in various languages. There were philosophy and biology textbooks.
Yes, that bag was in the box, and most of the books were really in the bag, just like they are, there. Some had fallen out, though, and things were knocking around loose.
Color me very confused. I’m guessing that there were packages damaged in transit, and they simply threw everything in a box and slapped my address label/customs form on it.
But my customs form clearly stated the couple of books that were supposed to be in my package, so I’m really at a loss, a completely confused and bewildered loss, as to why they mailed me all this stuff!
I’m not angry, but I’m definitely puzzled!