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What would you do if you received a package in the mail and opened it, but it wasn't for you?

Asked by chyna (45306points) March 29th, 2017

I was expecting a package, so I didn’t even look to see who it was addressed to, so I opened it. Would you take it to the person’s house and stick it in the mailbox without an explanation or knock on the door and tell them that you accidently opened it? Normally, this wouldn’t be a quandary for me, but it was a bra and a thong, so it kind of makes me uncomfortable.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I would explain it to the person, but I’m a retired drag queen, and I’ve worn bras. I’ve never worn a thong, however. If it was an intimate toy, I would throw it in their mailbox with a note telling them to enjoy it and walk away.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I’d explain and make no reference to the clothing. It was an accident. And I’m sure you don’t care about the content.

johnpowell's avatar

I would do some thinking and figure out why a thong and bra makes you uncomfortable. Like tons of people use both items.

I could see some concern if it was a DeWalt with a dildo on the end.

chyna's avatar

@johnpowell I know, right?

Patty_Melt's avatar

You can tape it, a little, and ask your postal carrier to redeliver for you. They will.
Soon. I’ve been waiting weeks for that parcel.

Pachy's avatar

I would do (and have done in the past) everything I could to get it to the rightful recipient, just as I’d hope he or she would do the same for me.

JLeslie's avatar

I understand why you might worry (worry is too big of a word) that it might make the rightful owner uncomfortable knowing you know what’s in the box. Still, I’d bring it over and explain you owned it without even looking who it was addressed to. I think most people have done that. I’ve done it. Just a month ago the new tenant where we used to rent opened mail addressed to us. There was a check in it. I’m glad he went to the trouble to call the landlord, who in turn called us. It should have been forwarded, but the postperson missed it.

The gentleman apologized for opening it, and I assured him it was ok, and thanked him very much for contacting us.

mhd14's avatar

Try This.
Dress like the courier boy. Take the opened parcel and try to fix it (remember don’t use anything extra to fix the courier).
Ring the bell and as the parcel owner opens the door pretend like you fell on the floor WITH THE COURIER BOX. And say ohhh I am sorry sir, but look I almost opened the parcel for you- Problem solved.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I would ring the doorbell, or leave it on their doorstep retaped, and tell then I opened it by mistake thinking it was for me.
That is honest and perfectly understandable.

After you do this you will have a friend in the neighborhood.

LostInParadise's avatar

One time I received a box of candy from Amazon that was addressed to someone else.I forget what the address was, but I am pretty sure it was in a different state. I contacted Amazon. They thanked me and said that they could not redeliver a food package, so I got to keep it.

Another time I got some flowers and a condolence card. I called the florist. They asked if I was certain that the package was not intended for me. I told them that they were very nice flowers and would have no problem keeping them. They later came by to pick them up.

Then there was the time that I mentioned here where I got a small package addressed to a neighbor. I did not open the box. I just returned it. Turned out the package contained contact lenses.

In this case, I would leave the box at the neighbor’s front door along with a note.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Just get here with it. I am tired of waiting.

chyna's avatar

^Needing that thong in a hurry?

Patty_Melt's avatar

It’s laundry day.

canidmajor's avatar

I do that a few times a year. Our FedEx, UPS, and USPS people goof a LOT in my neighborhood, and I never have my glasses on when I go to my box.
I always ring their bell and explain, but then, my neighbors aren’t as interesting (and probably as cute!) as yours. :-)

kritiper's avatar

Wrap it back up and return it.
It happened to me once. My name, my address, but it wasn’t mine.

LuckyGuy's avatar

i was (sort of) at the other end of this. I had ordered a part from Numrich and it never arrived. I called Numrich and told them I didn’t get it. So they immediately sent another. The second package also did not arrive but the message said “Left in garage by dog”. I do not have a dog.
it turns out both packages were at a neighbor’s house about ¼ mile away. They didn’t even notice the packages were there!
Numrich said I could keep the extra part but I returned it anyway.

In this area we used to just sign a bunch of delivery slips and leave them on a nail inside the garage door. That way the delivery person could just walk in the garage and grab one if a signature was needed. Very convenient. Now they have those electronic hand units so you can’t do that anymore. Too bad. Progress?

chyna's avatar

In this case the bra was very odd. And very large. It had 3 inches of what looks like a doily hanging from the bottom. Not lace. A doily looking thing. I’m thinking the picture must’ve looked different when ordering.

Patty_Melt's avatar

No, that’s how I ordered it.
Did you have to tell everybody?

LuckyGuy's avatar

That is definitely more interesting than anything from Numrich.

canidmajor's avatar

@Patty_Melt PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!!!

Crap. I really need to get out more.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@canidmajor, howya like me now?!?

canidmajor's avatar

Hahaha, Stop! You’re embarrassing @chyna! :-)

Patty_Melt's avatar

C’mon, @chyna, bring my package over. I’ll put on some tunes and we can dance around in doilies. :-D

chyna's avatar

I’m so glad I found the real owner of the doilies.

Strauss's avatar

Oh boy! It’s the Dancin’ Doilie Dollies!

Patty_Melt's avatar

And you thought this would be a simple question with a few straight forward answers.

canidmajor's avatar

I’m wondering if I could get the same effect with my grandmother’s old yellow antimacassers and some masking tape on my bra.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Try, we’ll see. You can come along and gyrate your little tushie too.

canidmajor's avatar

My tushy is magnificent, thankyouverymuch. My tushy generates its own gravity!
I might need more than a couple of those antimacassers.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Yay! Doilie party at my house!
@JLeslie, nudge nudge.

JLeslie's avatar

Why are you nudging me?

Patty_Melt's avatar

Gonna come to the doilie party?

Strauss's avatar

@Patty_Melt Did you just invited the whole tidepool? OK, but every body gotta wear doilies!

canidmajor's avatar

This has all the earmarks of a great 60s dance party! Let’s do it!

Patty_Melt's avatar

Everybody, get your doilies, your cocktails, and your favorite cds. Party at my place!
And, it is a wayyyy fun party. Everybody remember to GQ @chyna for getting it started.

JLeslie's avatar

I guess I’m coming. Can I wear my go-go boots?

canidmajor's avatar

Only if they are white patent leather! With tassels.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@JLeslie, I insist on it.
Oh, @canidmajor! Dallas Cowgirl boots!

JLeslie's avatar

Aren’t all go-go boots white patent?

Darth_Algar's avatar

I can’t imagine doing that. Over the years I’ve gotten a lot of packages meant for neighbors, and plenty of packages meant for me have ended up on the neighbor’s door, so as a rule I always check the package before I open it.

chyna's avatar

@Darth_Algar I will from now on.

Brian1946's avatar

@canidmajor

“This has all the earmarks of a great 60s dance party!”

What song included lyrics that were something like, “We’ll dance the Twist, and the Hully Gully too!”?

I remember the Airplane described “White Rabbit” as a “psychedelic stomp”.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I can’t bring up any links. Somebody please crank the tunes!

Strauss's avatar

@JLeslie Go-go boots and doilies only!

andyclarke's avatar

Well that’s pretty embarrassing. If you can’t personally bring the package back, I think writing a note explaining the mishap would suffice. If the owner is your next door neighbor or something I guess sending it to them with a proper note is ok. It feel awkward returning it personally, knowing what’s inside the box….

JLeslie's avatar

I just want to say that I worked for underwear companies for a few years, and I was in department stores merchandising and selling, and we sold tons of thongs and pretty bras every day, and girl to girl I don’t think it’s embarrassing, it’s rather every day, unless maybe it was a color like red maybe then the indication is it’s more for sex than every day. Even then, I don’t think most women would care. I understand having a concern it might embarrass your neighbor, but I lean towards it probably wouldn’t.

chyna's avatar

Follow up: I put a note in the package saying I was sorry I had opened it without reading who it was addressed to and stuck it in the mailbox.

canidmajor's avatar

And if you get an invitation to a viewing??? ;-)

chyna's avatar

Declined!

MollyMcGuire's avatar

It has happened and I took it to my neighbor.

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