I've received a parcel, and its not for me...

What would you do?

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13/11/2012 at 19:26

The parcel is for the previous occupant of the house, who I have no contact details for.  Do I:

a) Phone the shipper and arrange for it to be returned to them

b) Ask the letting agency to pass on a message to her, assuming they have her forwarding details

c) Open the parcel and keep it for myself

d) Send it to my secret santa and save myself a couple of bob

13/11/2012 at 19:29

So what would you lot do?  Are you honest, or opportunistic?

13/11/2012 at 19:42
What is it ?
13/11/2012 at 19:58

If  you dont want it I will have it..

13/11/2012 at 20:04

Now thats the next part of the game Dave.  What could be in there?  Any ideas?


13/11/2012 at 20:21
It's obviously a severed body part.
13/11/2012 at 20:27

It could well be.  The previous occupant was going through a divorce and I believe that there was some unpleasantness

13/11/2012 at 20:28


13/11/2012 at 20:29

or B

seren nos    pirate
13/11/2012 at 20:30

i wouls take it to yhe local post office sorting depot and leave it there saying no longer at the address return to sender

13/11/2012 at 20:55
Easy open it if its chocolate or something else nice keep it, if its not throw it in the bin
Cheerful Dave    pirate
13/11/2012 at 21:37
That happened to me with an Amazon parcel. I called them, expecting that they'd arrange for someone to collect it. They said I should send it back at my expense then send them the receipt so they could credit my account with the postage cost. Bugger that, I never bothered and they've never chased me up for it. It's still sitting here nearly a year later, so some charity shop is going to get an electric wok shortly.
13/11/2012 at 21:44

Letting the letting agent know about it and see if they can contact the owner. If that doesn't work, you could always contact the parcel company. Then if you don't have any success you can keep it.

Ask yourself this. If someone else received a parcel that was meant for you and they kept, I bet that you wouldn't like it.

Earn yourself a gold star and be honest.

13/11/2012 at 22:06
Maybe the parcel receiver has been up to no good and haven't left a forwarding address. If you're lucky like Cheerful Dave you too good be the recipient of a once in a lifetime gift
13/11/2012 at 22:21
You have to pass it on to the real owner, anything else is simply dishonest, and personally I wouldn't want anything dishonestly obtained
13/11/2012 at 22:55

As long as it's not sh1t in an envelope I would open it.

14/11/2012 at 00:09
Presuming it fitted through your letterbox (or you wouldn't have accepted it?) then write "Return to sender" on it and stick it in one of those big red post boxes.
14/11/2012 at 10:10

I had a fishing rod and bait mistakenly sent to my address earlier this year, it was bloody hard work getting it returned and/or finding the correct address.  I thought about taking up fishing

C would be my informed choice now



14/11/2012 at 10:15

It's not your job to chase the previous occupant.  I'd either shove it in the post box marked return to sender, or if it's too big, contact the supplier as per Cheerful Dave above.  Also, wouldn't do anything that would cost you money (again as per Cheerful Dave) so if they don't give you a freepost address, it's their loss.

I'd def hang onto it for a few days in case previous occupant contacts you - I know that a forumite had a parcel delivered to her previous address due to a cock up on the part of the shipping company and I believe she tried to contact them in order to go and collect it.

14/11/2012 at 10:33

e) give the parcel to the letting agent and let them sort it out. I regard it as part of the job the agent gets paid to do.

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