Tuesday, June 25, 2013
It seems the neighborhood's going downhill
I ordered some business cards to take to Libertycon, which Miss D. and I will be attending this weekend. To my intense displeasure (euphemism!), the package was shown by the courier service as having been delivered, but I hadn't received it. Inquiries proved fruitless. This evening Miss D. and I went for a short walk, and found the package ripped open at the side of the road and my business cards thrown into the nearest storm-water drain. Clearly, someone had hoped to find something valuable inside, and tossed the contents when they proved worthless to him.
Miss D. was able to get at the cards at the bottom of the storm-water drain, with the help of my reacher (I keep it on hand due to being partly disabled and unable to bend easily). She was able to retrieve about fifty of the cards in slightly damp but usable condition - we're drying them out at present - but most of the cards were already wet and stained. The few we've salvaged will work out to have cost over a dollar apiece, by the time we've averaged all the expenses of the order across them!
This sort of thing hasn't been a problem here before, but we've had some folks moving in over the past year or two that may be more prone to this sort of behavior. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open, and alert the neighbors to do the same.