Fedex package stolen...then returned. Odd

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  1. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

    jknight8907

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    I had an odd thing happen today....I had ordered a Linksys router from Amazon.com on Thursday and got 1-day shipping so it was delivered Friday. Or supposedly delivered. I was out at the time, when I came back in the afternoon (around 3 pm) I found a UPS package had been delivered, but no Fedex, so I checked the tracking number. It said "package delivered, left at front door".

    Now, we all miss things from time to time, so I went back outside and searched everywhere I could think of....long story short, there was no package to be found. So, I called Fedex and told them what was up, they said they'd call the driver and ask what he knew, and get back to me. In the meantime, I take a walk around my apartment building to see if anything looks suspicious. Important note: while I was out in the morning until 3 pm, someone from a furniture company canvassed our building, putting doorhangers on every door. The only apartment that didn't still have one on it was my immediate next-door neighbor. (Meaning he was the only one home)

    Yeah, I know, I'm being long-winded. So I have to leave again for an hour or so, and when I come back, I notice my door mat is kicked over to the side of the walkway. This is a heavy mat, and there was zero wind, it didn't move itself. Another layer of confusion. About an hour later I get a call back from Fedex. Apparently the driver stopped by while I was gone the second time, and found the package underneath the door mat, the address label was ripped off, and the box had been re-taped. I immediately went to the local office and picked up the package there.

    Now the surprising part: nothing was missing inside. The tape seal on the router box had been cut, so whoever took it had obviously gone through the contents, decided he didn't need a new N router, packaged it all back up, ripped the label off, re-taped the box, and waited for me to leave again so they could stick it under my doormat. ????

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  2. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    Have you had any arguments/problems with any neighbors? Does the area have any security cameras?
     
  3. jknight8907 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jknight8907

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    No, and no. I just moved into this apartment about 2 weeks ago and have only very briefly talked to 3 of the other tenants, all of which were very friendly encounters. I've never seen the person that lives directly beside me (my suspect). Unfortunately no cameras, but now I'm looking into a wifi security camera to put outside, and hopefully catch them in the act if it happens again.
     
  4. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    A WiFi camera could be a good idea. Make sure the individual who was apparently interested in your package would find it more challenging to remove your camera.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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  6. happyfrappy macrumors 6502

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    Good luck with a webcam, I had one yet somebody managed to shoot it out with a pellet gun :eek:

    I've had the same happen from nosy neighbors, best thing to do is ask friends/family to ship boxes of assorted stuff to you from different countries... trust me it'll make some people 'wonder' what you're up to(hey you might be a terrorist! j/k).

    --relatives home-made cookies from Vancouver(Canada) check
    --various indie CDs from Halifax (Canada) check
    --care package of candies my ex sends me from Montreal (Canada)
    --lobster from Maine check
    --box of Cadbury Flake from Belfast check
    --Wine from Dublin check
    --Autograph from Tony Blair & Gordon Brown from an old friend in London (England) check
    --chocolate from Berlin (Germany) check
    --weird USB gadgets from Tokyo (Japan) check
    --several packages of Tim Tams & CDs from Sydney (Australia) check

    Funny looks/comments from locals= priceless :D
    Haven't had a nosy neighbor since then :)
     
  7. localoid macrumors 68020

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    I've had times when both UPS and FedEx have left my packages at the neighbor's place by mistake, only to find the neighbor knocking at my door sometime later to give me my package. One or two were opened "by mistake" because the neighbor was expecting a package.

    I've also had neighbors run out to the UPS truck that's handling me a package who believed that UPS was mistakenly delivering their package to me. In some cases I've had to show the neighbor's the address label on the package to stop their belief that I must surely be "taking their package".

    And, I've had a rather large volume of mail and packages sent via USPS that have mysteriously turned up in my mailbox, sometimes days later, that had been opened and resealed. Often times, they'll have a hand written note on the front saying, "Sorry. I thought this was mine."

    $@#! happens.
     
  8. mousouchop macrumors 6502a

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    Well-- in your case, it just kinda sounds like your neighbors are retarded and crazy. Seems like if they can get to your mail before you, they are checking to see if it's theirs... You'd think reading the shipping label would be enough. Idiots.
     
  9. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    Dude, I want to know where you live that something like this is THAT common of an occurrence. It's happened to me maybe twice in many years. The second time was just this week. But I think UPS delivered to the wrong house.
     
  10. jknight8907 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I used to live in a really small podunk town in Arkansas for about a year. I had a PO box there, # 89. The town's ambulance service had box #88. Every single day I got a stack of mail for the ambulance service in my box. After telling the post lady there a number of times what she was doing, and the problem still not getting fixed, I finally started just sorting out mine from theirs, and throwing what wasn't mine back through my box and onto the floor behind the boxes so they could deal with it again.
     
  11. BittenApple macrumors 6502a

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    What if someone else received the package by mistake, opened it by mistake and then felt bad and returned it?
     
  12. jknight8907 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jknight8907

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    The way the building is laid out, you can't see my door from anywhere but directly in front of it. It's a single level building and each apartment has a fenced patio beside the front door which blocks being able to see my apartment from anywhere but right in front. I'm the last apartment in the row, too, so nobody has any business even being down by my apartment. So unless they 'accidentally' walked to the end of the building, around the patio fence, up to my door, and accidentally confused a box leaning up against my door for their package, I doubt it.

    I guess the Fedex guy could've left it at the wrong door; when asked about that he said he was sure he took it to the right one, but who knows.
     

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