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Friday, 22 March 2013

Something to warm the cockles....

What do you do when you receive an item in the post that is addressed to your house, but has another person's name on it and is clearly not for you?  Chuck it in the bin?  Scribble "return to sender" and try and remember to shove it in a  post box when you next go out?  Or do you do what a lovely lady in Lancashire did yesterday?

She received a parcel filled with personalised printed wedding party bags which were clearly not for her.  Instead of doing any of the above, she took the packing slip, rang the number on it (i.e. mine) and explained she'd received these items but hadn't ordered them.  She was so concerned that somebody may be without their special party bags on their big day that she ofered to forward them to the original customer.

It transpired the customer had left a digit off the address, and only lived down the road, so was able to walk down and collect her parcel.

What's the point of me telling you this, you ask?  Well, not much, apart from that it really touched me that a person could put herself out to help somebody she didn't know, even though she could have just binned the goods, denied all knowledge of having received them, and nobody would have known any different. 

Distance sellers like myself have to be constantly vigilant against internet fraudsters, and it's very easy to be mistrustful of people in general when you've lost several hundreds of pounds to fraud (as I have done).  It's just really nice to be reminded that there are good people in the world! This one act of selflessness prevented what could have been a drawnout dispute between the original customer and myself, but instead, everything ended up peachy!

If you're wondering about the wedding party bags in general, here they are:




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