Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. To a thief, everything is worth stealing.
Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
To a thief, everything is worth stealing.
Until, that is, the thief realizes that they’ve stolen things that might not have the market value they’d hoped.
What happens then?
The thief throws the stolen things away.
That’s what happened to a number of deliveries from Amazon, Zappos and other companies that were pilfered by porch pirates.
They were tossed away in a parking lot in Stern Grove, San Francisco.
Soon afterward, they were spotted by 16-year-old Maddie Johnson.
Some 16-year-olds might have been tempted to go through the boxes, see if there was anything they desired, and take those things.
Johnson seems to be made of more uplifting ingredients.
She thought the only thing to do was to re-deliver all the 14 parcels and make sure they reached their recipients. After all, the boxes still had the names and addresses on them.
I couldn’t just let them sit there. These were people’s Christmas presents. And it was starting to rain.
So she loaded all the boxes and became an Amazon driver for the day. An unpaid Amazon driver.
Indeed, she seemed to get a very good sample of what some Amazon drivers go through.
There are recipients who won’t answer the door, for example.
Some parcels, though, had seemingly been left in places that were too exposed and easy to steal from.
Porch piracy has become a serious concern. Some reports suggest as many as 23 million Americans have fallen victim.
In South Carolina, there’s a bill that would make it a specific crime, punishable with five years in jail.
Thankfully, many of the San Francisco recipients were only too pleased to see their parcels reach their rightful destination, courtesy of Johnson.
One, Karen Myers, had photographs from her niece’s wedding in her delivery. She said of Johnson’s decency:
This is beyond special. This gives you faith in mankind.
As she went around delivering books, clothes and other gifts, Johnson showed a quality that too few manage these days — selflessness.
Johnson had nothing to gain, other than the satisfaction of pleasing someone else and of doing what some used to call the right thing.
Perhaps the idea will make a comeback. Just like the parcels Johnson found.
This article is from Inc.com