Who delivered it to you? USPS, UPS, FedEx? I recently got some random package of office supplies for someone who lived at my address YEARS ago. I dropped it off at the UPS Store to return to sender after the person didn’t respond to my Facebook messenger conversation. I tried, at least.
@medz I was always to that by law, anything delivered to your house without you having ordered it is yours- however, I generally do my level best to make sure that if I can figure out to whom [and to where] something is supposed to go, I get it there.
In your case, given that the package was sent to your actual address, and you went out of your way to try to notify the rightful person, you had satisfied honor, and it would have been morally correct to keep it.
By returning it to UPS, you certainly went above and beyond- but they [someone from there] either took it home and kept it, or [more likely] they sold it in an unclaimed merchandise auction.
@PhysAssist Somebody else’s kid dropped a granola bar wrapper on the ground at the school bus stop today. I told the kid not to do that and my kid informed them it was littering. I picked it up and later tossed it in the bin at the gas station.
@medz@PhysAssist not too much. Just more than most. The kid’s parental unit must not have been there, otherwise you might have gotten an earful for daring to correct their child. That whole “it takes a village” thing really breaks down quickly. I had plenty of people correct my stupid behavior when I was growing up. Clearly I’m permanently damaged from that.
@ybmuG Yeah. The parent wasn’t around. The kid’s response was, “I’ll pick it up later.” Like…is wind not a thing that occurs to them? SMDH
Sadly, that kid’s parental situation is seriously lacking. The mom would be the type to react with hostility for me telling the kid to stay out of the street. What am I supposed to do? Let the kid get ran over? This is why I wait at the stop with my kid. Too many idiots out there.
Funny topic today. Got a Hello Fresh box today addressed to a neighbor about 6-8 houses down. It’s been pouring all day so it is still sitting on my stoop (covered). At some point I’ll walk it down there, but it really steams me that the UPS diver can’t seem to read addresses.
For $13/hr plus he has to use his own car and fuel, can you really blame the UPS guy for not giving a shit working for the richest man on the planet and shareholders who could care less?
Welcome to the gig economy and “race to the bottom” (line) of capitalism.
@therealjrn well said. Why is ethics a function of time? If telling the truth, taking responsibility and not taking what is not yours is not “in vogue”, that doesn’t make it any less ethical. It just means that ethics is not part of the new social norm. Otherwise ethics is only how I define it. That’s great if I like you, but look out if I don’t.
And I’m sure some PhD philosophy major will correct my definitions using some principle of the evolution of society, blah, blah, blah…
Here’s the thing - if you would be ok if someone just kept your stuff, then you can posit that philosophy honestly. Otherwise, your just an opportunist and a hypocrite and you can get off my lawn!
Fyi spoke to Walmart they can’t pick up and redeliver it because it is food or so they say. They said they were going to re ship more to original person and to keep it. (I don’t entirely believe that I think it is just not cost effective to have someone pick it up and redeliver)
I am going to give most it to the local food bank
@CaptAmehrican I had the same response from Amazon once, when I order a two pack of coffee, and they only mailed me one. They said they could not accept back the first box, to keep it and they would send me the appropriate 2 pack.
I couldn’t opine earlier, because I really don’t know what I would do. I would lean towards getting it to the right person, yada yada, but I am lazy (or crazy busy?).
If you can tell what company it was ordered from tell them to call the person to come get it from you. I did that when a bunch of textbooks (from amazon) were delivered to me. As the term had started the previous week I presumed the student would be frantic. Called amazon, told them to call the person who ordered it and had it delivered to their old address (amazon did confirm it was delivered to the address on file). Told them to give them my phone number too. Person showed up about an hour later to get her stuff.