How to Handle a Bad Situation

August 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

The Setup

One day last week, I was innocently living the dream of retirement when my beloved called to me and asked in her sweet voice,”What have you ordered now?”.

I said, “Who knows, why?”

“There’s a box out here by the door.”

Lo and behold, she was right. It was about the size of a shoe box. Guess what. It was a pair of shoes. Nice brand name (Adidas) shoes. Black. Slip on. Looked like a fancy track or golf shoe. The soles are about 1/4″ thick. I remembered shopping for such a pair a couple of weeks ago because the slip on athletic shoes are worn smooth out! I bought them in Dallas so many moons ago. (2000? 2001?).

I says to myself,”hmmmm …. I must have ordered these and forgot about it”

I try them on. Not too bad. Right foot is a little tight on little toe but tolerable.

They are comfy, no doubt.

I take them off and put them up.

The Plot Thickens

Last Tuesday, I was taking care of business, and Brenda was mowing the front lawn, when up pulls a car and a woman gets out. She is the Head Muckity Muck of the Local Post Office. She politely introduces herself and asks if we received a package recently?

Brenda says why yes, as a matter of fact, we did.

She says it wasn’t ours and they need it back to take to the rightful owners.

Brenda then tells her the problem. That I had taken them, put them on and walked around a bit.

“They fit!?!”

“Yeah, apparently”

I wasn’t there so I don’t know how the rest of the convo went but Brenda calls and fills me in.

Things Get Hairy

I go to the Post Office and learn that the situation is between me and the customer. Even though the package was delivered to the wrong address, the ball was ‘in my court’ since I had the audacity to open a package not addressed to me!

I go to the house that said shoes were supposed to go and ask to talk to this customer of Kungfu4less.com. The lady that answered the door said he was not home do I have the money for the shoes?

I asked to speak to him.

He is at work and will be back around 5.

It’s 5 and I go back and he not home yet. Do I have the money?

My plan was to offer the guy $20 and take the shoes.

Well, he finally calls last night and that’s a no-go. When do I get my $76?

I tell him I’ll bring him a check tomorrow.

The Resolution

It’s Friday morning and I’m sitting here waiting for the Cable guy (don’t ask). I go to the website to see what their return policy is. NO used goods can be returned. So I call the phone number and choose “customer service” from the recordings menu.

Mr. Sewell listens patiently to my sad tale and agrees with me that the onus should be on the Post Office but since that’s not true he has a solution.

They will send the customer another pair of shoes if I agree to buy the shoes I have ‘at cost’ plus shipping.

I am amicable. What choice do I have? So I saved $26 and have a pair of top of the line shoes in which to play racquetball.

Lessons learned

  1. DON’T open any mail unless you are sure it’s yours.
  2. DO explore all of your options.
  3. Resolve situations in a timely manner but don’t resolve before you have prayed.

 

 

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