GETTING MORE TALE #839: Stop Thief!
I’ve only been a victim of theft a couple times, but both times it felt like such a violation. My car was broken into about 20 years ago, and my old Discman was swiped, along with my CD of Kettle of Fish by Fish. I always hoped the thieves learned to like some good music because of me, but in reality they probably ejected the disc from a moving vehicle.
I’ve worried about mail theft over the years, but never failed to get a refund if a parcel didn’t show up. It’s trickier now in the days of Amazon. They have their own delivery drivers, and when they drop a box on your porch, they take a picture of it and call it “delivered”. There is nothing to protect you if someone grabs it after the driver is gone. Amazon won’t refund it. You’d think paying for Amazon Prime delivery would offer you some protection, but it does not. You’re actually better off having something sent in the mail.
I ordered a parcel from Amazon recently, and it was stolen right from my door. Our condo has a controlled front entrance, but anybody can get in if they wait for someone to open the door for them. My theory is that this is what happened. Perhaps the Amazon driver was delivering a package, was buzzed in, and let someone else in with them. Typically an Amazon driver will be delivering to multiple residents in one trip, and only one has to buzz them in.
Nobody was home at that time, so the driver left the parcel at my door, and took a picture of it. That’s all they have to do. I’ve never had a parcel stolen from my door, until this week.
When Amazon showed my parcel as “delivered”, with that nice little photo attached, I knew someone had snatched it while we were out. Jen began making phone calls to get security footage reviewed, and then suddenly she received a call from the police!
Whoever stole my parcel ditched it, unopened, in a park nearby. Someone else found it and called the police, who returned it to us!
I am comforted by the fact that the bad person who stole my parcel was balanced out by a good person who also could have stolen it, but didn’t. They did the right thing and because of them, I have my Captain America action figures.
Captain America figures? Is that what all this fuss is about?
I ordered Cap & Peggy Carter, Captain Marvel, and Ghost & Luis. I’d been looking forward to them all weekend. But that turned to pure anger when I thought they had been stolen right from my door. The violation made me furious but when the police returned it, I was so grateful. Thank you Waterloo Regional Police Service.
There are lots of other people who live in this building, and any one of them could have lost a delivery too. Highly unlikely that it was just me. I understand they caught the thief so I hope all my neighbours can sleep better tonight. I feel better now.
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