My father had something stolen in the mail recently. He was getting a free mini USB mouse as a freebie from some technology association, and the padded envelope arrived in the mail … but with the envelope already opened and no mini USB mouse inside!
My dad was crushed. This was the first time that he had ever had anything stolen from the mail before.
My husband? Not so much. In his homeland, the postal service is a thing of public ridicule. No valuables are ever sent by mail, because pretty much everything is opened and rifled through – if not by thugs, then the government.
Once his mom sent him a birthday card by mail. It was several months after his birthday that he received it, and even then it had been opened and then retaped!
I bring this up because it’s recently come to my attention how much we take things for granted in the U.S. We expect our postal service to deliver things on time. We expect our court system to be (at least, generally speaking) impartial and not take bribes when making rulings. We expect our electricity, gas and water supply to be regular and not disappear randomly throughout the day.
But in other countries, these things simply are not the case.
Have you had anything stolen in the mail before? If so, what was your reaction?