Cowart's Common Room
Oh no!

I was still in my pjs but had a couple of packets to whizz down to the post office, so I quickly dressed, rushed out to the car, popped the 3 packets on top of it while I did something in the yard - then jumped in the car and drove off merrily though carefully as BT were in our little lane putting back lines that had been down since Christmas Eve When I got to the car park in the town, I realised I hadnt got my packets! Oh no! I remembered leaving them on top of the car! I drove the 5 mins home, and wondered what BT thought of me as I squeezed past again.

As I approached our yard, I saw one packet under the hedge near my neighbours...... and another was right in the yard, but I couldnt see the third. I got out of the car and searched it still be in the house?... no. I went further up the lane looking in the ditches, convinced now that someone had picked it up. I asked one of the BT guys.

To be cont...

Posted at 11th Jan 2014 - 04:26PM   Posted by Faith   Oh no! Comments: 11

Faith's Avatar Sorry.... to go on...

And the BT guy said well now I'd mentioned it he did remember seeing a man walking pick up something in the road and carry on down the bridle path. How long ago I asked - half an hour he said - well I thought it couldnt have been that long but I had no chance of running down the path and finding him so I decided that as the path only goes up to the cemetery, and then there is a choice of ways to go.... that I'd drive the long way round and hope to see someone carrying it! It was A4 and stiff so not easy to pocket. I zipped up there and coming down one of the ways from the cemetery was a 'walker' I recognised by sight. So I stopped and asked him had he picked up a grey packet, and he said he'd picked up a purple one..... then gave part of my address, so I knew it was mine (though he must be colour blind!)....and told me he'd left it by the barred gate leading into the bridle path. I was so relieved and drove off back again but worried in case someone else would pick it up!!!!. I found it where he said and he'd opened the first wrapper (grey, not purple) but hadnt opened the inner - perhaps because I had written on the recycled stiff envelope 'pigeon pattern' and he didnt think it sounded very exciting! I managed to re-wrap it and get back to the PO before it closed, which was an hour later than I thought, and the postman hadnt collected the parcels yet so all was well!

I wouldve been so annoyed with myself if I'd lost it as I'd just bought the pattern and eyes from ebay for someone to knit me two pigeons, and it was being sent to the knitter.

So - what would you have done if you'd found that? My name and address was on a sticker on the back, so he had no excuse for opening it, but I suppose curiosity got the better of him.

Posted by: Faith on 11th Jan 2014 at 04:38PM

Inthemud's Avatar Well , I think I would have just taken it back to your house and knocked on the door and if you weren't in would have leftyon your step. Surprised he opened it! I have left things on roof of car before. Once we were on holiday when children were babies and I put their dishes on roof ready to prepare their lunch. We drove to next stop woithout thinking and lost the dishers along the way.

Posted by: Inthemud on 11th Jan 2014 at 04:44PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar With a local address on the back I would have returned it... unopenedRolling Eyes

My Dad once drove round the corner out of our house to find our neighbour just pulling off in his car as well... with his toolbox on the roof!
He honked but the neighbour just waved "hello" as usual and carried on.
They were both heading for the ferry and as my Dad was right behind him he waited to see how long it would take him to notice or the box to move... it didn't so he got out in the ferry queue and asked the neighbour if he was missing anything Laughing

He couldn't chide him though, he once drove ten miles to work himself with his briefcase standing up on the top of the car... and it was still there when he got to the college! Blink

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 11th Jan 2014 at 05:10PM

Camilla's Avatar Phew.! that was lucky Faith, good that it was not a purse full of money or credit cards inside. I think the man should have taken it back to your house as Muddie said, and not opened it at all, if you were not in then left it safe somewhere near your front door. Pleased to hear you have the parcel back Faith, and you found the other ones too.

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Jan 2014 at 05:34PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Shocking that he opened it, partly, when your name and address were on the back.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 11th Jan 2014 at 05:41PM

KitKatCot's Avatar I wouldn't dream of opening a parcel... what if it blew upShocked

I worked for a Government department during the IRA troubles. To this day if I see a plastic bag left about I steer well clear.

Our office was once evacuated when a suspicious bag, which was ticking, was left in reception. We had to wait outside for 4 hours until the bomb disposal squad from Catterick Garrison arrived, to find that someone had left their bag containing a clock which they had taken to be repaired and forgotten it.Rolling Eyes (the guy who had left it turned up about an hour later) That would teach him to be forgetful... it was blown up in a controlled explosion.

Posted by: KitKatCot on 11th Jan 2014 at 06:27PM

Fennie's Avatar First I would have looked around for a camera; then I would have looked around for spies. I'd be convinced that the address was fake and that the packet contained plans for an invasion by Al-Quaeda and that I should contact MI5 without speaking to anyone. I'd be very furtive but try to pretend I wasn't. But then I'd think - what if it were an Al Quaeda packet bomb and what if anyone else (less sensible) were to pick it up. They might open it and it might EXPLODE. So then I'd have this idea of going to the cemetery finding an open grave, as one does, and casually dropping it in. I mean all sorts of things are found in graves, aren't they? But then the Al-Quaeda operative showed up and asked me if I had this grey parcel. And I thought that's funny because it was purple and I knew then she must be Al-Quaeda because their flag is purple, isn't it? I'd torn the corner by then trying to drop it into the grave but when she asked me for it I didn't know she might have had a suicide vest or an AK47 on under her pyjamas (she'd got dressed very quickly) and here was I thinking - she's missing her burkha. I can tell you know. It's something to do with the eyes. Anyway I gave it to her. Well she might have been an MI5 operative in disguise - you can never tell these days. Just an upright citizen me. Packets on cars. I ask you! Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Jan 2014 at 07:27PM

Withy Brook's Avatar LaughingLaughingLaughing

Posted by: Withy Brook on 11th Jan 2014 at 09:09PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Never let it be said that Fennie has no imaginationLaughing

The BBC once blew up, in a "contolled explosion", a packet one of our customers sent to her Brother who was a BBC excecutive.
They x-ray all their mail and it flagged up as a suspicious packet on the x-ray because of the wiring and the small battery inside. So what was it...


Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 12th Jan 2014 at 11:41AM

Westerwitch's Avatar I wouldn't have opened it either . . .

Laughing to FN and Fennie

Posted by: Westerwitch on 12th Jan 2014 at 11:55AM

CalicoKate's Avatar Laughing Laughing To you all! Laughing
Not opened just returned esp as so local. What a nosey parker!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 12th Jan 2014 at 07:37PM

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