This morning, as I was leaving home on my bike, I met an agitated courier delivery driver carrying a large parcel. It was for a neighbour who lives four doors away, and the driver asked if i would take it for them. I said that I didn’t know them, and the driver interpreted this as a ‘no’ and wandered off further down the road on his forlorn quest. I didn’t call him back, but the encounter left me feeling troubled.
Why would I not take the parcel? Well, as I said, I don’t know the people it was for. I know my neighbours two doors either side, and a few other families further along the road, but not the people at this house.
Who knows what is in the parcel? Is it something I want in my house?
It would have been a bit of trouble as I’d just locked my front door and put on the alarm. I won’t be back until this evening and might not feel like going round to a stranger’s house with a large parcel.
Also I’m uneasy about the opportunistic delivery firms undercutting Royal Mail wanting to use me as the final stage in the delivery process. Royal Mail would have left a card, and their depot is only about 400 metres from our road. So with Royal Mail our neighbours could have collected their parcel with little effort. I suspect the courier firm’s depot is many miles drive away.
Are any of these good enough reasons for me to decline the opportunity to be a good citizen? What do you think?