Not many sleeps left until Christmas now and I'm so excited I can barely contain myself! And because I know all (or at least some) of you will be in as festive a mood as I am, I thought I'd do a little throwback with my post for this week and go for a more light-hearted topic, like we used to have back in the day! It IS Christmas, after all – 'tis the season of merriment and cheer!
Deliveries Stranger than Fiction
As it turns out, I didn't even have to think all that hard about a topic – it just came to me while talking to a customer the other day. This chap was a courier himself (most of my regulars are) and somehow the conversation turned to the oddest or quirkiest things ever delivered on the course of people's courier jobs. I immediately knew I had my post for the week and started making notes as we talked so I could share them with you lot.
Hold on to your hats because here are some of the stranger things we talked about.
Babies: Yes, you read that right. Babies. That has to be up there as one of the oddest things ever delivered in the history of courier jobs! Fortunately, this only took place in America (where else?) and was very short-lived. Only two years after the first infant had been sent through the mail (the mind boggles) the US postal service outlawed it. About two years too late, if you ask me.
A prosthetic leg: A bit of a step down from live children, I know (what isn't?), but having to deliver a prosthetic also has to be high up there on the oddity scale. What's more, when the driver turned up to collect the leg, it was still attached to its owner! Good thing the driver was able to help the chap with his dilemma and detach it before packing it up, or this story might have been even odder…
A banana: That's right. Somebody shipped a single banana to somebody else, as a joke. Bit of a waste of money, if you ask me, but hey, from what I read, at least the chap got to eat it!
Celebrity gifts: Everybody loves a celebrity – but it seems some more so than others. Every now and again, drivers find themselves on courier jobs delivering gifts to celebs from ardent admirers – and some of these can be quite unusual. Taylor Swift's turtle shell portrait is an example of this, but surely nothing can beat a boy-band pop group taking delivery of a dead shark. Something tells me that one was not entirely meant as a 'gift'...
There you have it, then – some of the oddest things delivered on everyday courier jobs. My regular customer and I had such a blast discussing these that we ended up Googling it and found heaps more – but they might have to wait for another blog post.
For now, though...ta-ra!