“Is this it?” the kid at the entry of my office asked as he placed a hand on the overnight envelope sitting on the counter.
“I’m sorry?” I responded as I studied the over-sized UPS uniform draping off his boyish frame.
“You called for a pick up.”
“No I didn’t.”
“Yes you did.”
“Is the usual driver here?” I asked as I pulled the envelope off the counter and placed it down on my desk.
“Don? He’s in the truck. I’m just his seasonal helper.”
I went out to the truck and sure enough, my usual driver, the one who’s been delivering to us for over five years, was there organizing packages.
“Yeah, on my machine, it says you called an hour ago to request a pick up,” Don said as he loaded his machine and showed me the information, which included the package size to be retrieved: 10 pounds.
“Don, I never call. I either drop at a box or the UPS store up the street.”
Then I explained everything. I told him about the extra computer and the stolen credit card. I told him about the comment by the Lenovo rep about the thieves trying to retrieve the laptop. I even showed Don into the office to offer the evidence, one computer box from Lenovo hiding in the linen closet. I’m still waiting for a shipping label.
After UPS left, I ran around the office telling my coworkers.
“But if there’s no label, how does UPS know how what to do with it?” my dad asked. “I don’t know PJ, maybe it was Lenovo trying to get the computer back. Like the guy accidentally sent a pick-up?”
“I’m beyond trying to figure this one out. I’ll see you later,” I said as I grabbed my purse and left the office.
In my car, fighting Friday evening traffic and holiday mayhem, I called back a suitor. He updated me on the recent drama of a work deal and just as I started telling him about my computer debacle, my phone chirped.
“I have another call. It’s a coworker. Can I call you right back?”
“Not a problem.”
I hung up and took the one from my coworker.
“Hey Scott,” I answered.
“Yeah, listen, two seconds ago, FedEx came buy. The guy said you had called for a pick up.”
“Really? We don’t even use FedEx.”
“They said you called and that you wanted them to pick up a ten pound box.”
“Well now we know UPS wasn’t sent out by Lenovo.”