US Postal Service Adds To Your Mom's College Care Package

Robert received a Priority Mail package at college from his mother. The box contained a variety of canned foods: Vienna sausages, sardines, beans, liverwurst, spam, and corn. Which is awfully nice of Robert’s mother, except that the box she sent him only contained fifteen cans of Goya brand beans. Where did all of this other stuff come from?

My mother living in New York decided to send me a package of 15 cans of Goya beans. She sent this package on September 16, 2011. I live in [redacted], WV as a [redacted] college student. She sent it as priority mail.

For some reason it took a whole week to get to my location, finally arriving September 24.


I open the package up and instead of finding my cans of Goya beans, I found several bent up cans and also find some products that my mother didn’t even send me originally. My mother knows I’m allergic to fish; for some reason sardines showed up with the package. There was also liver wurst, spam, and Vienna sausages, Goya Corn, and Goya Salchichon.

What happened to my package? What was USPS trying to do? They certainly didn’t cover up their mistake. On a side note, she sent a whole different package, that same day, September 16, using priority mail and I got that package five days ago on September 19.

Consumerist, what do you suggest that I do at this point? I have a package of bent up cans and other items that weren’t even originally sent.

Complaining to the management of the various post offices this package passed through is a start: both where your mother mailed it from and the office in West Virginia that would have delivered it. The strange appearance of the unwanted groceries could have occurred anywhere in between, but at least let them know about the weirdness.

Oh, and Robert: you didn’t find any of David’s love letters in there, did you?

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