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[Update: after 138 days, the box has arrived!] Canada Post sent our parcel to Swaziland instead of Switzerland

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[Update: after 138 days, the box has arrived!] Canada Post sent our parcel to Swaziland instead of Switzerland

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109 Comments

  1. throwupupandawaay

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    My parcel is currently stuck in a loop going from ON to BC, back to ON and again BC. It just needs to go from Mississauga ON to Kitchener ON. Shouldn’t even be in BC.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/CanadaPost/comments/7qm79m/parcel_went_from_on_to_bc_back_to_on_now_again_in/

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  2. Cabintom

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Was everything still in it?
    My father-in-law once sent us a care-package (we live in Congo), and the Ugandan post very kindly removed the black pieces from the small chess set he had included.

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  3. ahcowen

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Man orders a bong and it travels around the world before arriving.

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  4. AarontheTinker

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Holy crap I can’t believe you guys got this back! Awesome! I saw your initial post OP and hoped for the best. Those things can be extremely frustrating and even harder to track down and get back.

    Sometimes ya win!

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  5. Nategg

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    UK here, still waiting on my xmas parcel from Vancouver island posted in …2016 :/

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  6. 505gaspar

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Ha, I remember seeing the first post about this. Good that it’s finally reconciled.

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  7. anonymoushipster666

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I sent a very important package for work to Łódź, Poland and UPS sent it to Lodz, Norway. We were trying to prove to our customer that shipping from Canada would not be an issue…

    Edit: changed spelling from Łódź, Norway to Lodz, Norway.

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  8. A636260

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Awww I bet the Mancini post office was so excited to get a package, then it got taken away. 🙁

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  9. MayoOfTheNaize

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Canada Post did that to my mom as well about 20 some odd years ago. Mom wanted to mail a letter from British Columbia to Quebec but somehow it ended up going to 16 different countries around Europe and and something like four or five in Asia (can’t make out some of the ink stamps) before finally making it back to our address. The only parts of the envelope that wasn’t covered up with ink stamps or stickers was the return address and the send address.

    It took a little under three years before we ever saw it again after sending it. My aunt never got our letter so we figured it had been lost. Then a few years later it happened again with another letter but it didn’t take as long to get that one back.

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  10. Qweef

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    What the frick is this? A bong?

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  11. SirChumpton

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I used to work for DHL in Leeds in the UK back in the day. Someone tried sending a parcel to Scarborough, Canada. Instead of being sent to our international shipping hub in London (UK, obvs) it ended up being routed to Scarborough, UK by mistake. Fair enough, it was a manual sort operation at the time, errors happen. The Scarborough branch sent it back to us so we could send it on to the international hub. I personally wrote a new, clearer address label for it with CANADA underlined and placed it on the correct outbound trailer. Job done. Or so I thought…

    They sent it back to us as soon as it got to London. We sent it on to Scarborough, UK. They sent it back to Leeds. We sent it back to Scarborough. They sent it back to us. Rinse and repeat, lather thoroughly, allow to soak for three months. Eventually it ended up in the office, “What do we do with this? We keep sending it to Scarborough and they keep sending it back. I’ve put it on the Scarborough van every night this week.”

    Well you send it to fucking Scarborough, Canada like it says on the goddamn address label that I personally wrote. See there? CAN AH DAH! That trailer right there. International. Not local.

    Guy looked at me like I’d grown a second head, completely bewildered, until it dawned on him that OMG WTF THERE’S TWO SCARBOROUGHS!

    So the errant parcel went on its way to London once again, only to arrive back in Leeds the next night, and ended up back in Scarborough, UK the next day.

    They sent it back to us so we could send it to the international hub in London.

    This thing was a little jiffy bag type padded envelope thing, getting battered to fuck and back at this point, still intact though, so I put it in a box, wrote out a new address label for it and so forth, big black writing
    #SUCH-AND-SUCH ADDRESS, SCARBOROUGH, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, NORTH AMERICA
    #DO NOT SEND BACK TO LEEDS THIS PARCEL IS THREE MONTHS LATE

    Clear and simple, right? Or so you’d think. Two weeks later, guess what’s sat in lost property because Scarborough, UK keep sending it back to Leeds and we keep sending it back to them.

    Two weeks later it finally made it over the Atlantic to wherever it ended up there, IDK, none of this was even close to being my job in the first place but curiosity prompted me to check, only to get sent back to the UK. For all I know 12 years or so later it’s still not got there.

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  12. CurdleTelorast

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Hahaha. I had one that went to Sweden instead of Switzerland.

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  13. oomkyn

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I ordered a parcel from the US that decided to cross into Canada by Vancouver, go to Japan, come back to Vancouver, go back to Japan, then finally back to me in Saskatchewan. Lucky parcel.

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  14. jacnel45

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Ah, when a typo (or similar human error) causes everything to go wrong. Kinda funny when you look back on it.

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  15. Mongostein

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I once had a package sent all the way back to Holland because my address was “incorrect.” The problem? When I ordered my merch, my iPad had autocorrected Ave, as in avenue, to Abe. WTF Canada Post!?

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  16. Julius_OU

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Swaziland is my home!! That’s awesome. Glad you got it in the end

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  17. mtersen

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Gee, it would be nice if somebody could link the original post

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  18. DynamicDK

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I had a business a few years ago, and had to send a package from Alabama to Toronto. Toronto is ~1000 miles northeast of Alabama. I expected it would arrive within 2 or 3 days, but a week later it wasn’t there. I looked at the tracking, and it said that it was in London. Over the next month, it pinged all around Europe, including going back to London more than once, before finally coming back to the United States, then on to Canada…then for some reason it was returned back to me instead of being delivered to the recipient.

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  19. ict_brian

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I’ve probably caused quite a few pieces of mail to go to countries that they weren’t supposed to.

    I used to work for the post office. My job would be to sit at a computer and look at images of different types of mail for 8 hours a day and enter the address in a way that the computers can read. I don’t know if it’s the same now but when I worked there, every piece of mail sent through the USPS was ran through a computer where a picture is taken of it’s address label. The computer then reads the address and prints a barcode on the back on the piece of mail telling other computers where to send it. When it couldn’t figure out where to send the mail, the image that got taken of the piece of mail would be sent to my terminal where I would enter the info manually and the computer would then print a barcode based on what I typed.

    Well, I type pretty fast. And that job wanted us to go as fast as we could. Something like an average of 5-10 seconds per image. So there were times where I accidentally sent things to Chile instead of China. Or to Austria instead of Australia. Or anywhere whose name starts the same with another country. We didn’t type everything, just the first 3 letters of the destination country and a prompt would come up with all of the possible choices. Once you selected your choice, there was no confirmation. It was immediately onto the next image. So if you hit the key for option 2 instead of option 3, there was no way to go back and fix it.

    It was an awesome job. Got to listen to an mp3 player all day every day while I worked and the days just flew by. Most interesting find while working there was an image of a postcard addressed to the BTK Killer in prison. It was from some woman who was lonely and desperate and probably a little twisted and she wanted someone to talk to.

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  20. Th3pyr0

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Is it a vase or an Xbox controller?

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  21. CarLucSteeve

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Impressive.

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  22. drpe90

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Oh, crap. I sent a package to Russia last week. Hope it won’t turn up in Rwanda.

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  23. -xystonulex

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Now try sending something to Slovakia and see if it ends up in Slovenia.

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  24. VA6DAH

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    That box has seen better days.

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  25. PattesDornithorynque

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    j’espère que c’étais pas une poutine 😛

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  26. Squeebee007

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Alberta used to have postal code T0K-0Y0 active but it has since been retired due to the mail accidentally going to Japan from time to time.

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  27. beeeyung

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    LOL Canada post tried to send my GF’s present for her mother’s birthday to North Korea instead of South Korea…. all we got was the package back and refund of fees a month after her birthday

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  28. o_slash

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Went on a roadtrip down Europe with my family once. We left our passports in a hotel in Venice. We called them and they helped us out and and we’re going to send them to the new hotel we were staying at, in a place called Cervia. They ended up sending them to Serbia. Got them a month or so later after we got home to Norway.

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  29. Bebop_and_Rocksteady

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I wonder how many packages get mixed up between Australia and Austria.

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  30. daviduumm

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I love posts like these because they’re like online time capsules. Gets me thinking about how much has changed in my life between your first post and this one.

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  31. Chrisixx

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I seriously have seen this happen quite often (am Swiss). I ask myself if they have a box ready for all the Swiss bound parcels that arrive in Swaziland at all time?

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  32. dirtapple

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    My father had something similar happen, we live in Brisbane Australia and his package was sent to Brazil.. it’s like someone only read the first letters of BR isbane.

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  33. SJ521-12015

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    This has happened to me before. I ordered something from Scarborough, ON to Saskatchewan. And it traveled Calgary, to Vancouver, to Japan, then China. Back to Japan, to Vancouver, to Winnipeg, then finally to my door step in SK. It was really cool tracking it. It took 47 days to get to me and it was held in Saskatoon for 7 days before they finally delivered it.

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  34. timmiestitties

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    My package to Austria went via Australia. Apparently the country code is difficult to distinguished at the post office

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  35. literary-hitler

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    HOORAY!

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  36. Bliggin

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    It’s a little late, but the heart transplant finally arrived!

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  37. McDapperson

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Was the stuff inside okay?

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  38. mycatjustsharted

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Well send something to Halifax from St. John’s and it’ll go though Moncton or Montreal

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  39. L4xeus

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I’ve had multiple letters with a stamp “Mis-sent to the British Virgin Islands”. I live in the U.K.

    It’s not that hard German Post Office.

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  40. MarcusIuniusBrutus

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Couple of years ago I sent 12 postcards from Indonesia to Poland. They arrived around 18 months later, all at almost same time.

    Sadly I never discovered how it could happen.

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  41. Vaguswarrior

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Did they actually refund the cost of shipping since it was way outside of estimates? More amused about how they would handle the customer service with this?

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  42. kiryat

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    This box is now probably more well traveled and cultured than its owners 🙂

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  43. RufusCalhoun

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    What’s in the BOX!!
    Heads?
    Drugs?
    Bears?
    Clothes?
    What is in the BOX!!
    Holy Grail?
    Pickles?
    What!!

    Can’t show a picture of a box that has been so far without showing us what is in the box? What it means something?

    If I had to guess what is inside?
    Hmmmm
    Pots and Pans?
    Books?

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  44. dukes11

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Good thing it wasn’t a puppy

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  45. ngwoo

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Kind of impressive that despite a cock-up sending it to the wrong side of the planet, it still eventually made it.

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  46. AtlUtdGold

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    My company has had a box stuck in Egypt for 3 months. Don’t send anything to Egypt.

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  47. sendhamsters1st

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Why is no one asking what’s in the box?!?

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  48. style9999

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    HAHAHA – i remember seeing the original post for this way back in 2017. Better late than never…

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  49. zscuro

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    That still seems like a long time, I looked up an alphabetical list of all of the countries and those two are right next to each other

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  50. MysteriousPostman

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Haha, not too long ago in iceland some postal courier was not in the mood for delivering mail so he poured it all into some graveyard.

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  51. criticalfactories

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Except for not seeing the sights, I’m envious of your parcel’s travels.

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  52. xxkristian

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    As somebody who gets hundreds of parcels a year to the plant where it went directly from Montreal to Swaziland.

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  53. foshogun

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Here is an interactive [MAP](https://public.tableau.com/shared/5WYK3KXCR?:display_count=yes)

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  54. iforgotagain42

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Ive got a fun one with UPS and how they are a Bell-level cancer of a company.

    Have small package through Amazon. Got a package from them not 2 weeks ago where they didnt ring the bell. Now, all of a sudden my address can’t be found.

    They are so bad they make Canada Post, with all its issues, look like a paragon of mail delivery.

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  55. mTORrero

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    This happened to me to!!!!!!!!!!

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  56. viennahighflyer

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Thats why I always write Europa, North America, und Afrika on envelopes!

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  57. velojeff

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Canada Post is really the worst. I contracted there when I was in Uni for 4 years. The stories I could tell. Letter Carriers on work release, dunk employees, mail dumping, hiding mail in garage to take long weekends, bending shit on purpose, stealing peoples magazines for weeks to be passed around on lunch hour, etc etc

    It is always my absolute last option..,,,

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  58. Varlinwor

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    So what’s in the box?

    [What’s in the booooooooooox?](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cmqwbZa6_w)

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  59. madsn41

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I guess my package will be sent to australia instead of austria :/

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  60. Armand9x

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    The OP we need, but don’t deserve.

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  61. originalnutta

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Would like to see the handwriting and label on the box .

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  62. jg_y3

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    So….. what’s in the box? Is it totally smashed up?

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  63. Whispertron

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Funny. A couple of years ago this happened to me as well but with the countries reversed. The reddit gift exchange parcel was meant to go to Switzerland but ended up in Swaziland. Never did get an explanation or apology from Canada Post for that.

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  64. SmashinVideoPlayer

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Holy shit, I never thought I would see this post. Congratulations!!

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  65. bobo888

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Were the tomatoes all dried up by the time they got to you?

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  66. MrMonkey1578

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    LOL, it’s like a giant ball of tape.

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  67. Akruhl

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Also happened to my sister when she sent me a post cars from legoland

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  68. alii-b

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    This box was found yet im still waiting for that jumper I ordered from america 4 years ago…

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  69. canada_boy

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    This is an understandable mistake because both countries are far away and spelt kind of the same. You really just need to go with your gut instinct and if it’s the wrong call, well, things will be rectified over the coming months and years. Eventually it arrives so no harm done.

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  70. MegaAlex

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Hey Gatineau!!
    If you’re in your late 30s I probably know you 🙂

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  71. jist34

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Sweden has strict censorship laws and caught a bad case of mistaken Swiss/Swedish identity.

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  72. ccoo44

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I Wonder what’s inside?

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  73. akahotpotato

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Damn, I hope whatever is in that parcel is worth it!

    But also, this sounds about par for Canada Post

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  74. syunie

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    And my package has been stuck in Canada Border Services for the past 6 days… Kind of worrying since they’ve never taken more than a day with my packages before, so I don’t know if they might just confiscate it. Then again, this is the first time I’ve purchased liquids 🤷

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  75. being_here

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Hope it didn’t contain urgent medical supplies.

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  76. ca1tlin22

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    It took months longer than Canada post predicted for a package to arrive to New Zealand, I wonder where mine was sent first…

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  77. lonefaust

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    But what’s in the box?

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  78. howling-fantod

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Soory.

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  79. ahoenevagetscold

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    i wonder how long the apology letter is

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  80. ether_reddit

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Which reminds me… I still haven’t received my amazon order that I placed on Black Friday (end of November!) — according to some Chinese shipping tracker, it was last seen getting on a boat in Shanghai on Nov 30.

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  81. rivermandan

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    **HOLY FUCK WHAT IS IN THE PACKAGE??? YOU’RE KILLING ME HERE**

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  82. jorrylee

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I’m hoping my first aid secret santa still arrives and this is what happened to it. The sender seemed very sincere and had asked a few questions. I felt bad marking it as a did not receive. Now my christmas one has not yet arrived. I’m sad. I know overseas takes a long time.

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  83. Unmakeshift

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    That box has seen some shit

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  84. 123Macallister

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Is it that pesky Xbox controller card we’ve been having problems with in the supply chain?

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  85. thumme

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    This parcel will travel more than I ever will.

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  86. VerbalThermodynamics

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    https://i.imgur.com/6swwzUJ.gif

    I can’t make it show it…

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  87. jasper_325

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    But with a box that has been stuck in a loop-the-loop going from ON to Kitchener ON.

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  88. rjksn

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Did you need to black out that spot after you already applied a blur effect to the whole image?

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  89. rileyjw90

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I’m betting that package ended up being a lot more expensive to ship than was originally paid for.

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  90. James3000gt

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Whats in the box?

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  91. venom02

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

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  92. WerewereTheWerewolf

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    What’s in the box?

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  93. mega_box1

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I’ve likely caused quite a few Canadian stores as an American.

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  94. mountainsprouts

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    When I lived in Lake Louise my family sent me 3 cards at the end of June for my birthday. I got 2 in November and one was just sent back to my grandma. I have no idea where it went in between. My Christmas package arrived on time though.

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  95. Workingclasswhore

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Would love to own a business where you fuck shit up on the regular and people just keep coming back.

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  96. twodogsfighting

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Good job you don’t live in Austria, at least.

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  97. tapsie_lover

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    The shipper worked with me on it and it travels around the world before arriving.

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  98. Vishaal300

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    that wrapping tho

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  99. duffybear

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    did you get a refund?

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  100. ratchet132

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Did it come back with some Swazi Gold though?

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  101. LeRoofbird

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    My postcard from the US to the Netherlands ended up in Thailand once. Still have no idea how; my other cards arrived without any problems.

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  102. EloWhisperer

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    What’s in the box tho?

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  103. tpsmc

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Did they roll the package there and back?

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  104. wwregg

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Now I’m going to spend the rest of the day trying to figure out where Swaziland is 🤣🤣🤣

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  105. Wanamwen

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    It’s like the postal code on the right-hand track.

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  106. McNoogets

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Is Switzerland even a real country?

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  107. Vison

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Fucking Canada post. They’ve stopped delivering me anything more than slips for packages and not even to my door, only to my mailbox. Not only that, but the last time I got an actual package it was someone else’s who shared the first three digits of my house number in a different postal code and street.

    I took it back to the post office 3 times and explained to them it wasn’t my package (and it just kept being delivered back to my address) before I just fucking took it there myself.

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  108. eliseke321

    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I’ve likely caused quite a few years ago that the computers can read.

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    January 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

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