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kittylester Sat 16-May-20 08:36:31

Our village support group have asked for donations of baby stuff (nappies, wipes etc) which I ordered with my Sainsbury delivery.

After it was delivered, I emailed the organiser and left the stuff (as always) in a carrier on the gate post.

About an hour later I answered the door bell to find a very nice man holding my carrier of baby stuff saying 'I think you've left this by the gate!'

I thanked him, waited till he'd gone and then took it back down to the gate.

About an hour later, the same thing happened with a different man.

And, it happened again later on.

Then I got an email from the organiser saying that she had tried to collect it but the baby stuff was missing and she hoped it hadn't been stolen.

I'll try again today but with a BIG note on the bag!

Furret Sat 16-May-20 08:39:08

Thank you! That’s has made me really laugh 🤣😂😅

Humbertbear Sat 16-May-20 09:31:37

I arranged for someone to collect a bag of history books from my front steps. She didn’t come so I contacted her to ask did she Still want them. She said she had driven passed the house and they weren’t there. I just don’t know whose house she drove by.

LadyGracie Sat 16-May-20 10:20:17

I had a message to say a parcel had been delivered, I replied that it hadn’t. They then sent me a photo of the parcel they say was left in my porch.

I haven’t got a porch.

Caro57 Sun 17-May-20 10:01:42

We have had two deliveries where the package has been dumped by the gate rather than brought to the house. We can’t see the gate from the house so they could have sat there for a few days as we are not going out! One was a plant That is not hardy so I was particularly annoyed.

Mollygo Sun 17-May-20 10:05:29

Drives me mad when they do that LadyGracie. “We left it by your back door.”
You mean you climbed over the garage roof and broke into the utility room? I don’t think so.
A few days later our neighbours who had been away brought the parcel round.
In the meantime Amazon had sent a replacement and said they were not going to collect the first one.
I didn’t complain about that, but I was glad it hadn’t been raining.

Coconut Sun 17-May-20 10:07:41

My granddaughters had outgrown a pink bike I keep in our garage, so when we had a clear out I decided to leave it outside our drive propped up against a lamppost. I tied a sign on the bike “free bike” and I was absolutely amazed that within 10 mins it was gone !

Welshwife Sun 17-May-20 10:21:57

In the area DS lives in US it is normal practice when you have something you wish to relieve yourself of but still in useable condition to put it by the rubbish the night before collection. Some people do drive-bys with a Van/lorry and by the time the bin men come only the rubbish is left. Works well for all concerned.

Froglady Sun 17-May-20 10:22:40

My sister has had parcels thrown over her back gate in the past!
I've had parcels propped up on my front door, left in a hanging basket by my front door - and my front door is very visible from the road. I've also had one left in one of my wheelie bins! Don't these delivery people have any common sense?

hicaz46 Sun 17-May-20 10:27:10

Our street, which has over 300 houses, has a mutual aid group and someone is always posting that they are leaving something outside their house which is free to anyone who wants to take it. There has been plants, jigsaws, books, children's toys, even pleas for food items which someone always manages to offer. For example eggs, herbs for a rabbit and icing sugar. It's a wonderful way of swapping or giving away items to the benefit of others. Hope it continues long after lockdown.

4allweknow Sun 17-May-20 10:28:35

Not so much now but for a few years all the toys, equipment, garden play equipment my GC had outgrown was placed in front garden with note it was free to take away. I live in an area with a lot of young families. Everyone who wanted something would come to the door and check if it was okay to take what they were interested in or reserve until their partner came to collect. No one ever just helped themself. Often wonder if my stuff was passed on to even more children.

polnan Sun 17-May-20 10:28:54

lol I had a parcel left inside my wheelie bin.. usually my deliveries are good though

Graygirl Sun 17-May-20 10:34:41

Have a sign on front door ,telling people we are a shielded house so only deliveries for this house please on A4 paper. Same driver in 10days ,rang when I answered parcel for 2 doors away, asked had he read sign answer yes but did not think it applied to him I am afraid when it happened second time I reported him and Sent clip from security camera with sound as second time very rude and threatening

Aepgirl Sun 17-May-20 10:58:28

How nice to hear of caring, honest people. I think the BIG LABEL is the answer!

Nellie54 Sun 17-May-20 11:03:32

Had two texts in two weeks saying parcels delivered, one plus photo. Not ours, we had no orders and 200 miles away! DPD could not explain why either.

sunseeker Sun 17-May-20 11:10:42

I was expecting a parcel being delivered by Hermes so to protect myself and the courier I left a box outside my door with a large sign saying "Parcels". The courier rang my bell and handed the parcel to me!

By contrast my postman had a parcel for me, he rang the bell, put the parcel on the ground, stood back and when I answered gave me a talk on how long the virus can stay on certain surfaces and to take care!

Twopence Sun 17-May-20 12:08:05

Slightly different topic but many years ago our council used to do a collection of larger unwanted items a few times a year. Our neighbour came home for lunch on one of these days and left his bike outside his house. He ended up having to run after the council lorry to retrieve his missing bike.

kittylester Sun 17-May-20 12:10:43

I put the shopping out again yesterday and they were collected with no more hiccups.

Wonder what will happen next week!

inishowen Sun 17-May-20 12:35:30

We had a barbeque delivered last week. The courier left it on the path and walked away. I opened the door and asked if it was heavy. He said it wasnt and went back to his van. I can tell you it was damned heavy for me to lift and carry up the steps into our house!

lizzypopbottle Sun 17-May-20 13:43:01

kittylester Would your collection person consider phoning or texting when she's about to arrive? Or let you know she's waiting outside in her car? Then you could take the things to the gate and she could collect them once you've gone inside the house.

Apologies if someone else has already suggested this!

BonnieBlooming Sun 17-May-20 13:43:59

At my daughters last house her front door opened onto the street, but things were often left in her nonexistant porch. Once it was a box of beer left it full view but with the doormat set on top of it!

lizzypopbottle Sun 17-May-20 13:51:35

sunseeker We've had loads of deliveries, including from Hermes. All drivers have put the parcel down, rung the bell and retreated to a safe distance. They usually photograph the parcel on my doormat as proof of delivery. Your Hermes person needs more training and you might consider contacting Hermes about it. If you have a window in or near your front door, just meemo to the person outside, who wants to hand it over, to put the parcel down. A thumbs up and a smile is enough thanks.

Skweek1 Sun 17-May-20 15:49:30

Most of our deliveries are fine, but we had one left inside a security grille for back door and it was there for about a week. No card left. Neighbours eventually told us it was there, but they had seen it days before and not told us.

Plunkie Sun 17-May-20 16:39:51

I received the NHS letter so have been receiving the Government Food parcel each Tuesday. As I get priority Tesco delivery slots I do not need the parcels so I therefore contacted the local Salvation Army & have taken the Food parcels to their HQ. I was going to cancel the Food parcels but decided not to as I will continue to donate them to the Food Bank as I am sure that there are people out there who are more in need than my husband & I.

Bijou Sun 17-May-20 16:52:59

I find Hermes very good considering their drivers are poorly paid. Usually get an email about delivery time. Living in a village I know the Hermes girl and the postwoman.