Christmas is a-coming and the delivery men are in overdrive trying to deliver Christmas gifts. Finding our house is challenging enough, but when people do not provide our correct address, we are nigh on impossible to find. Needle and haystack springs to mind.
Our son ordered my Christmas present and told me it was on its way. It’s only a small lightweight parcel yet the delivery charge was almost half the value of the gift. I scratched my head as to why until I tracked the parcel online.
2 stops in the UK
1 in France
2 in Spain
1 in Lisbon
and then onto us.
I am not smiling at its carbon footprint, but I digress.
So what made me smile?
Now given vital details of the address were missing I am going to give the driver 10/10 for initiative!
When addressing packages we always ask people to include our mobile number which on this occasion saved the day. The driver rang us but as we were over 90 miles away at the time trying to convey where we lived in pidgin Portuguese seemed pointless unless he was prepared to drop the package over the gate. (How do you say that in Portuguese?)
We paused for a moment but before we could offer suggestions or arrange an alternative day we heard another voice on the phone asking if we spoke German.
Do you speak English?
When we explained to the mystery voice (a man) we were 90 miles away and would not be back until later, he kindly offered to take the parcel and gave us his address. Now we can’t figure out whether the man was a random person the driver stopped on the street or he was making a delivery at the man’s house.
Either way, we were thankful for his kindness and to the driver who went that extra ‘mile’ to deliver my parcel and for thinking outside the box!
I now have my parcel and eagerly await Christmas day.
“The Weekly Smile”, is a shared blogging event over at Trent’s blog. What a great idea!