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To think you don’t take in a parcel for a neighbour if you are going on holiday!

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Aliveinwanderland Thu 26-Oct-17 09:20:13

A relative sent a birthday present for DS which arrived yesterday morning by Royal Mail, however we had gone out to the zoo. It was left with a neighbour that 5 doors down. Went to collect it at 4pm but no-one Home, tried again at 7:30 and again no-one Home. This morning the house next to them says they went on holiday at lunchtime yesterday (about an hour after taking in my parcel) and they won’t be back for 2 weeks!!!

Surely they should have just said no to the postman!

Fattymcfaterson Thu 26-Oct-17 09:25:44

Maybe they were in a bit of a rush (leaving in an hr for holiday after all) and just took it in without realising

Orangealien Thu 26-Oct-17 09:28:09

Maybe they thought you'd be round before they went.

Or maybe they didn't want to tell a random stranger they were going on holiday, leaving them open to burglary.

Yerazig Thu 26-Oct-17 09:35:10

This happened to me my neighbours took the parcel in and left for the weekend. They’re friends with my live in landlord and didn’t give her a text to let her know. I was notified that it had been delivered but not where or to whom. It was only when they came back on the Sunday or Monday they let us know.

londonista Thu 26-Oct-17 09:36:04

YANBU / I wouldn’t have taken that parcel. I know most of my neighbours so I don’t tend to take parcels for people I don’t know anyway. Some people don’t come and collect them for ages, which is pretty rude.

Aliveinwanderland Thu 26-Oct-17 09:36:28

They don’t need to give the postman a reason- just no sorry we can’t take it in would do! Then at least it would go to the sorting office rather than be stuck in their hall for 2 weeks!

londonista Thu 26-Oct-17 09:36:39

Sorry not saying you are rude OP!

JacquesHammer Thu 26-Oct-17 09:36:41

Or maybe they didn't want to tell a random stranger they were going on holiday, leaving them open to burglary

They wouldn't need to. "Sorry, we don't see them much so won't be able to take it".

YaNBU OP they're thoughtless

RhiWrites Thu 26-Oct-17 09:38:07

A postie isn't a "random stranger".

OOAOML Thu 26-Oct-17 09:40:10

I wouldn't have - although we had a very pushy delivery person on the day we were moving house who didn't seem to understand why we wouldn't take in a parcel for a neighbour hmm

sunandmoonshine Thu 26-Oct-17 09:43:40

Yep that's nuts. They should never have taken it in. It pissed me off enough a few months back, when my catalogue order (£177 worth!) came when I was out, and a neighbour took it in, and they had gone away for two days. I know it sounds ungrateful, but I don't WANT people to take stuff in for me. (Nor do I want to take stuff in for other people......... too much hassle, and too much risk of stuff getting damaged and going missing and ME getting blamed. Fuck that!)

I have since given instructions for the courier to put it in my shed at the side of the house, but yeah, that irked me, so being made to wait two weeks would have REALLY pissed me off.

BeFire Thu 26-Oct-17 09:44:08

Slightly OT but parcel taking in etiquette is that you go and collect your parcel from the person who takes it in for you isn't it?
I've had 2 parcels for 2 different houses on my street for a few days now and neither of them have been to get them. I wish I'd said no.

Your neighbour may be like me OP and said yes without thinking.

Mirrormirrorotw Thu 26-Oct-17 09:45:33


They knew they were off on holiday, there was no guarantee you'd be home before the left, and they knew they would be away for two weeks. Thoughtless.

Crunchymum Thu 26-Oct-17 09:47:01

Can you reorder it and send the one in the hallway back in a few weeks?

Not ideal but a possible solution.

londonista Thu 26-Oct-17 09:47:44

BeFire - it absolutely is.
Although there is quite a funny spectacle in our street, the evening trading of Amazon parcels, but we’re all pretty good friends so I don’t mind walking them over occasionally. If someone brings me one of mine (eg if I didn’t want to go and knock when I got in at 10pm), id still apologise that they had to bother etc.

Decorhate Thu 26-Oct-17 09:48:12

We discovered that a workman working in the empty house next door had taken in a package for us, only when the landlord found it and brought it around. Royal Mail had not left us a card (and we were not expecting a delivery). It turned out to be some extremely important legal documents which would have been a nightmare to replace.

I subsequently found out you can phone us & ask Royal Mail not to leave things with neighbours if you would rather they didn't...

LizTaylorsFabulousTurban Thu 26-Oct-17 09:52:07

BeFire my next door neighbour was really angry with me for leaving a parcel with her for two days and had a right go at me. The note that the delivery co left said it was with the other neighbour and I had been trying to catch them when they were in.

(Mind you annoyed neighbour didn't even seem to be placated when I showed her the note - I wish she wouldn't take parcels in actually).

Slartybartfast Thu 26-Oct-17 09:52:36

probably just in a hurry, and didnt like to say no.
i said no to the postman for my neighbours once and he was so shocked and perturbed

londonista Thu 26-Oct-17 09:53:07

Decor, a letter from doctor for my husband was misdirected to a neighbour. It was sent 18 Dec and they had opened it by accident, and they didn’t give it to us until 20 Jan.
In the letter the doctor was asking my husband to phone in ASAP after some test results. I don’t know who would read that and not go out of their way to repost it.
In the end the surgery called us on 24 December when we hadn’t replied.
But even so, they didn’t know that!

BeFire Thu 26-Oct-17 09:53:19

Thanks london i don't know either of them but would happily take parcels over if I saw anyone coming or going. The clutter is annoying me blush

Slartybartfast Thu 26-Oct-17 09:54:35

i wouldnt say thoughtless, that seems a bit moany
unless it is perishable it will be ok

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PandorasXbox Thu 26-Oct-17 10:01:30

Yes it’s a bit odd. Sounds like they just took it off the postman without thinking and plonked it down to carry on getting ready to leave. Easily done I guess if you’re trying to remember everything you’ve got to do.

SlothMama Thu 26-Oct-17 10:12:40

It was daft of them to do that, I'd be pretty annoyed if I were you OP

Hateloggingin Thu 26-Oct-17 10:14:28

Befire- they may not have been left a note so don't know you have the parcel. I'd go round and take them.

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