Neighbor Selling Misdelivered Items to Intended Recipient Stuns Internet

Internet commenters couldn’t believe their eyes after one landscaper revealed where a delivery intended for his employer actually ended up, and how he found out.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/mildlyinfuriating, Redditor u/BigMacDaddy99 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) shared a photo of a note addressed to his boss and lamented over his author’s clear lack of foresight.

Titled, “Neighbor took delivery of a package that our business purchased, used the contents, and now wants us to pay for the scraps,” the post has received more than 118,000 upvotes and 7,000 comments in the last day.

The note, scrawled onto what can only be described as kitchen list paper, begins: “Hi! I’m Sam, I live down the street.

“A few weeks ago we got some landscaping fabric delivered to us by accident,” it continues. “We have one roll left if you are interested in buying it. We are selling it, but if you wanted to trade something for it, we could work something out.”

While the postal service and other delivery outfits have served as staples of American society for centuries, the last half-decade has seen unprecedented growth.

In 2018, shipping company Packola reported that 13.5 billion packages were delivered within the United States.

In 2020, that number jumped above 20 billion, according to data published by Statista, with the COVID-19 pandemic playing a role in the increase.

With online retailers strengthening their hold on consumers worldwide, Packola projects that worldwide parcel volume will crest 250 billion by 2026.

Despite the ease and convenience associated with ordering a product online and receiving it within days, the risk of package theft has also reached new levels.

And according to Security.org’s annual package theft report, 49 million Americans have had at least one package stolen in the past 12 months, with the median value of all reported stolen goods sitting at $50.

“Porch pirates,” as Security.org labels them, are likely to strike around the holidays and are rarely arrested, especially when targeted households are not equipped with doorbell cameras.

But the concept of package theft becomes more convoluted when delivery issues arise, and items intended for specific recipients are left in the wrong place.

The note received by the original poster clearly states that rolls of landscaping fabric were misdelivered, a claim corroborated by the original poster, despite having no relationship with the recipient.

“[I have] no idea who this person is,” OP told Newsweek. “I handed the note to my boss to deal with … but after some research it appears there isn’t much legal recourse because the package was delivered to the wrong address.”

The shocked owner of a landscaping company. Members of Reddit’s r/mildlyinfuriating forum were stunned by one homeowner who tried to sell materials they received by accident to their intended recipient.
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Throughout the comment section of the viral Reddit post, however, Redditors expressed anger at the recipient’s freaking attitude about using materials not intended for them, and the mentality required to resell the material to the landscaping company that actually ordered it.

“Every day, I’m shocked at how stupid so many people are,” Redditor u/Chakkaaa commented, receiving nearly 9,000 upvotes. “Yeesh lol how do so many of these people even survive day to day[?]”

“Telling OP the brand as if [he] weren’t aware SINCE HE ORDERED IT!” Redditor u/Odd_Routine4164 exclaimed, also receiving nearly 9,000 upvotes.

In the post’s top comment, which has received nearly 27,000 upvotes, Redditor u/Drakeon8165 encouraged the original poster to pursue legal action, despite the potential difficulties.

“Ooh looks,” they wrote. “A signed confession!”

“Literally they gave you a signed confession,” Redditor u/REMdot-yt added, receiving more than 26,000 upvotes. “You know what you need to do.”

“Judge, I vote to convict myself of all charges because I am an idiot,” Redditor u/RoswellFan57 chimed in, sarcastically.

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