This is not how you regain trust in a relationship.

Would you find it suspicious to receive a package that lists one of your children as the shipping and billing address?  Knowing that said child did not order it?

My husband thinks I over-reacted.  Tell me what you think.

I was 99% certain who sent it, but there was that 1% of me that was thinking I should put it out in the yard away from the house in case it was a bomb.

Am I the only one who thinks like that?

UPS delivered the package just before we left for church on Christmas Eve, so I didn’t pull the shipping label until 10:00pm.  The box was plain brown, but the shipping label (a folded piece of standard paper with the faded low-ink look of a home printer) said the box was from Sears.  (Anyone could cut and paste a logo onto the top of a piece of paper, right?)

I’m phone averse, so I went online.  The customer service chat window showed me a photo of all-American-girl-next-door Randy, but I’m fairly certain I was chatting with a very polite Randisha half a world away.

Randy and I went several rounds of me explaining that I had not ordered anything from Sears, and I wanted to verify that the package had, indeed, been sent by Sears, followed by Randy asking for the billing address, then telling me there was no record of an order from my address.

I was beginning to wonder if Randy was an automated responder.  I’m still not sure, but eventually, she/he/it seemed to grasp that the billing address was not helping and moved on to asking for other sets of numbers on the packing label.

After several tries, Randy verified that Sears had sent the package, and after a bit more coaxing told me who the sender was, but would not tell me what was in the box.

I thought that was amusing.  The one thing she would not tell me was the only thing I could have learned by opening the package.

Although I am certain that Randy has no say over Sears’ policies, I told her that I found it creepy that Sears would allow senders to list recipients as the billing name/address.

Of course the package was from the sender whom I suspected.  I think this has pushed her over into the creepy stalker category.

Who sends anonymous packages to minors in this day and age????  Even if, for some strange reason, you wanted to send a child a “secret admirer” gift, wouldn’t you send an email to her parents telling them to expect a package?  You know, so the gift seemed sweet, not creepy.  (I send packages to my nieces and nephews for holidays and birthdays, but I always email their parents so they know to expect a box from Amazon and tell them what should be inside.)

Obviously, my relationship with this sender is already strained and weird.  I’m not going to delve into the reasons for that today, but suffice it to say, spending an hour of my Christmas Eve wondering if I should hang up on Randy and call the bomb squad has done nothing to improve it.