After many years of unrelenting acceptance, I have just for the first time ever, refused to take a parcel for a neighbour. It was a 5ft parcel, hubby is away for the week, (so no man handler around to attempt an evening delivery) and I don't know the house in question, as the previous neighbours have just moved, but I still felt rather mean having to say no. The delivery chap said the cars are there and he could hear voices, but couldn't get an answer..so what makes him think that I might fare better? I have simply grown tired of having to traipse back and forth to people's houses, trying to get them in, or indeed, get an answer, delivering parcels for which I often barely even get a thank you. They are a rather keep themselves to themselves crowd around here, and while I know a couple of the houses and will no doubt continue collecting on their behalf, the rest are barely on nodding terms, and I feel I have had to draw the line. If some neighbours can't be bothered to open their doors for their own deliveries, then why should I have the inconvenience of having to leave my house repeatedly, to deliver their parcel for fear of eventually being deemed a thief?! And I have had occasions, whereby I have had parcels here for over a week, not easy when they are large boxes like this one, very appealing for the kids who think Santa might have come early!
So what does everyone else think? Bugbear? Or just all in good neighbourly stride?