This weekend, I made myself look extremely foolish (more so than usual). I ordered a set of wicked-sweet headphones from Amazon.com and was waiting impatiently for the two days it took to get them due to my new Amazon Prime account. That’s right, I signed up for Amazon Prime just to get my headphones more quickly. (Side note: Amazon Prime is the best $79, or $39 for students, you can spend. Especially when you’re ordering textbooks. Or anything really. Like all the awesome stuff at shutupandtakemymoney.com. Short of buying groceries, Amazon makes it so you never have to leave your house!)
Anyway, I tracked the package all the way to the front door. It was delivered at 1:42 pm. My wife was chilling at home at the time, but there was never a knock at the door. I was working, so I asked her to check the front porch. No luck. I asked her to check the mailbox. It wasn’t there either. I asked her to check on top of the mailbox, just to be sure. No dice.
Suddenly, I remembered the pile of boxes and trash outside our door that I had neglected to take to the dumpster the night before. My wife told me the pile was gone, and she hadn’t taken it out. Now I knew what had happened. Obviously, some “Good Samaritan” neighbor had taken out our trash and mistook my brand new Amazon box for trash. I immediately got upset at this “nice” BYU student who threw away my expensive electronic device. I began concocting a devious plan to get revenge on this person once we found my headphones in the trash can (basically, it involved posting signs around our complex calling out the “idiot” for throwing away a package). So naturally, since I was not at home and I have no idea when the garbageman comes, I made my wife go dig through the apartment’s trash can. (She is THE GREATEST wife ever for dumpster diving for me, and I’m a complete jerk for making her do that).
She couldn’t find it. Now I was upset at her. She’s the one who put the trash on the doorstep! If she would have just taken it out the garbage can (a mere two floors away) we could have avoided this whole mess! At this point, work was finally over and I was super upset from this whole event. I thought maybe she was too short to see into the trash can, so I came home and dug through it myself. It still wasn’t there!
At this point, I’m getting pretty upset, and I look up the company who delivered it. Sure enough, it was delivered by OnTrac, Amazon’s new shipping partner. Coincidentally, they have a 5 out of 30 rating on Google+ Local, and a 1 star rating on Yelp. At this point, I was absolutely positive that the shipping company left my shiny, new, expensive headphones on the porch without knocking and someone had stolen them (I saw this complaint pop up a few times online). Since my “good Samaritan” theory completely failed, someone must have stolen it. I began rehearsing an entire script in my mind on how I was going to chew out Amazon for switching to this new company who doesn’t even knock when they deliver.
I’m in the process of looking up Amazon’s contact information, when my wife happens to take a glance at the order on my screen.
“Lane, that’s not our address… You switched ‘north’ and ‘east’…”
I about died right about then. We both laughed and my anger quickly went away. We recently moved (alright, it was a month ago) and I didn’t even know my own address! We hopped in the car and went to the new address, but there wasn’t a house there! It would have been in the backyard of the corner house on the other street. So my wife (who is awesome for putting up with my ridiculous, self-inflicted endeavor) and I begin knocking doors. Everyone said that a delivery guy was looking for my house, and that he had finally left the package with the little old lady on the corner! We went over to her house, and she had my headphones! She was even planning on trying to find me! Relieved to be done with our quest, we head home with my awesome headphones and I start to think about how stupid I was.
But from that whole adventure, I learned a few good lessons.
Gather all possible information before making decisions.
Now I wasn’t arguing with my wife, posting mean fliers, or cussing out the Amazon customer service rep. But I thought about it! If I would have calmly investigated the whole situation before getting upset and three different people for my mistake, I could have avoided all of this. Thinking mean thoughts doesn’t make me feel very good inside. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Instead of being upset with a bunch of people who didn’t deserve it, I could have been extremely happy with them instead! And happy feels amazing! In reality, I was very blessed for a few good reasons:
- We have an awesome neighbor that took out our trash because I was too lazy to do it (my wife and I now have an agreement that I get to take trash to the garbage can now).
- My wife is amazing. She’s willing to go dumpster diving for me, all based on a hunch!
- The OnTrac delivery man knocked on at least three doors in an attempt to find me!
- The lady who had my package was going to try and contact me!
Aren’t people great!?
So next time you feel like getting mad at someone, make sure you have all the facts before you do anything. People are awesome! Treat them that way, even inside your head! Don’t assume the worst; that’s not a good way to live.
Anyone else have a good life lesson they’ve learned from an adventure that they’d like to share?