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The Parcel

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Chewbacca Wed 11-Dec-19 19:03:37

Last Saturday, I was asked to take in a parcel for a neighbour across the road. I was happy to do so and watched as the delivery driver made out a card for them, telling them where their parcel was. I watched out for them all day Saturday, but there was no sign of them being in. On Sunday, I went across with the parcel and knocked on their door. Twice. Lights were on and I could see a tv flickering, but no one answered the door. On Monday I was out all day but I went across again on Monday night and tried again. No answer. On Tuesday, I wrote a note, telling them that I had their parcel and to knock on my door to collect it. I also popped a Christmas card through their door with the note. No response. Went again this evening; lights on, tv flickering but still no answer.

What on earth do I do? I'm out at work most days of the week, as they are, but surely they must have seen the note and want to retrieve their ruddy huge parcel that's cluttering up my hall? confused

Nico97 Wed 11-Dec-19 19:11:09

Put another note through the door to say that unless the parcel is collected by XXX date and XXX time then it will be disposed of accordingly. They could well be letting you store it for them if it's a large one ! See if that works the cheeky so and so's.

Starblaze Wed 11-Dec-19 19:19:40

Maybe they need a wellness check, seems odd you have tried so many times and seen the TV is on and no answer

TwiceAsNice Wed 11-Dec-19 19:19:53

I would dump it on their doorstep. How ungrateful!

Harris27 Wed 11-Dec-19 19:24:44

I wouldn’t take anything else in for them again! They don’t deserve you!

Chewbacca Wed 11-Dec-19 19:27:14

A "wellness check"? Why? They're only in their 30s; they go out to work every morning and apparently come home every evening. They just don't seem to answer their door or respond to notes/cards. confused

grumppa Wed 11-Dec-19 19:28:10

Are you sure they are there? They may have set lights, TV etc. on timer switches to discourage burglars while they are away.

Scribbles Wed 11-Dec-19 19:30:36

Perhaps they're away and have their lights, TV etc on a timer to fool potential housebreakers? Could be they ordered something, expecting to get it delivered before they went away or it's arrived much earlier than they expected.

Do you have a shed or garage you could parcel in so it isn't taking up space in the hall?

Chewbacca Wed 11-Dec-19 19:32:03

I'm a bit naffed off with them but they seemed a nice enough young couple when I first moved here 6 months ago and I don't really want to fall out with them. The parcel isn't heavy, but its large and bulky and probably needed for Christmas, I imagine. I'll try once more tomorrow but have no idea what I'll do if they don't answer again

Chewbacca Wed 11-Dec-19 19:34:39

I did wonder if they'd gone away but their curtains are opened/closed each morning and evening so, unless they're operated remotely, I'm not sure now.

Gonegirl Wed 11-Dec-19 19:35:35

Maybe they are away and the lights and tv are anti-burglary things. Tuck the parcel away somewhere and wait a week or so.

Gonegirl Wed 11-Dec-19 19:36:29

Scribbles already said that.

Curlywhirly Wed 11-Dec-19 19:51:49

It does sound like they are away and have TV, lights, curtains, operated on remote.

Marydoll Wed 11-Dec-19 19:54:54

We have neighbours, who wouldn't come to pick up their parcels, despite knowing we had them. They would sit tight for days and hope we would bring them to them.
Not a word of thanks and much younger and fitter than us, so we stopped taking them in.

BlueBelle Wed 11-Dec-19 20:11:38

Do they have a phone number, try ringing them
Is there a shed or porch or safe place you could leave the parcel if not hang on to till after the weekend see if they are away then if no difference maybe contact the couriers
I d guess they are away too

Missfoodlove Wed 11-Dec-19 20:19:27

Just hope the next uncollected delivery 🚚 is wine 🥂

lemongrove Wed 11-Dec-19 21:34:15

Our DS has neighbours like that, in the end he refused taking in any more parcels.
He said if they couldn't be bothered to cross the road to get them, then enough was enough!

GrandmaKT Wed 11-Dec-19 21:53:39

It's their problem not yours. You've done everything you can. If you have a garage or cupboard you can store it in then do so until they can be arsed to come and collect the parcel!

BradfordLass72 Wed 11-Dec-19 22:06:00

Is the parcel very inconvenient at your place?
If not, for goodness sake stop worrying and just put it aside; they've probably gone away for Christmas.

When I used to go away, my neighbour would nip in at 6am on her way to work and pull my curtains back and on her way home pull them closed and put a light on in the bathroom. I was often away 3 weeks if I went walkabout.

Many good reasons to be a good neighbour and hold onto the parcel graciously.


Namsnanny Wed 11-Dec-19 22:22:59

Bradfordlass I use that phrase loosely (went walkabout) to mean 'time on my own', or an un arranged touring holiday!

Are you using it in the appropriate (Aboriginal) sense?

Just piqued my interest to see it written down smile

Chewbacca … It is odd they pay no heed to your notes hmm
Our neighbours are very quick to knock on our door to see if a parcel has been left!

Also don't forget they can track the deliveries themselves, so they should know where the parcel is and when it was delivered!!

Chewbacca Wed 11-Dec-19 22:29:05

The parcel isn't heavy but it is quite large and is sat in my hallway just waiting to handover. They don't have a porch, so that's out. I can't leave it somewhere safe round the back of the house because they've got big locked gates at the side (I checked them yesterday).

I've got a lockable shed I could put it in but it's not terribly dry in there and I'd hate for whatever is in the parcel to get damp and spoiled. I'm around more tomorrow so will keep an eye out for them leaving or returning. curtain twitcher. wink

Callistemon Wed 11-Dec-19 22:41:06

Some delivery drivers round here seem to be so rushed that they scarcely give you time to answer the door before they dump the parcel to the side of the front door and rush off. Sometimes it's not even the right front door!

It's a pity that driver didn't do that with your neighbours' parcel.

All you can do is put another note through the door and say if it isn't collected by a certain date you will phone the firm and arrange to get it returned - and leave it outside.

Hetty58 Wed 11-Dec-19 22:51:01

I had young neighbours who regularly failed to pick up parcels from me. They didn't bother to answer their door either. I did put a note through once - still no response. In the end I just refused to take in any parcels for them.

callgirl1 Wed 11-Dec-19 23:40:15

Are they British, Chewbacca? I ask because we have a lot of E.European neighbours who rarely answer the door to anyone knocking. Some people, presumably friends of theirs,make a call on their mobiles, and the door is then opened.

Chewbacca Wed 11-Dec-19 23:43:11

Yes, I think so callgirl1. And the name on the parcel is a British name.