One package, two wrongs: wrong house, wrong reception
Re “Finding himself behind bars for keeping a TV he didn’t order” (Page A1, April 17): I believe that most people know better, but I want to be clear to Nick Memmo.
Packages delivered to my door are not necessarily mine. Last year, a package had my neighbor’s address on it. I walked four houses down, and delivered it there. I sometimes get other neighbors’ mail in my box, and I bring it to them.
Just last month, my credit card was used to buy a $1,900 computer. The credit card company fixed it, but then the computer was delivered to my home. I explained the situation to the delivery company, and I refused to accept it.
This is how people should behave. Any other behavior is inappropriate, unethical, and, hopefully, illegal. There is one exception: If my bills show up at Memmo’s home and he pays them, then he can keep my packages. He could just let me know, and I will change the mailing address on my mortgage.
Did they have to turn this into a police action?
The wild story about a man keeping a TV sent to his home by mistake illustrates something seriously wrong with our system of criminal justice. The purpose of laws against misdeeds and punishment of malefactors is to discourage them and others from repeating the offense. In this case, the recipient of the TV not only was hauled from his home to jail in handcuffs, but also “faces the prospect of up to 15 years in prison.” Surely, lesser, and less expensive, measures would be enough to discourage people from keeping what is sent to them in error, if anything at all is needed.