Obscurely addressed package somehow makes it to intended recipient thanks to social media

"A farm near situated up a long drive with cows..."
March 19, 2018 4:36 pm Last Updated: March 19, 2018 5:45 pm

Everyday postal services around the world deal with thousands upon thousands of pieces of mail of all shapes and sizes. The majority of the time it gets to its destination and a large part of that is because of the sender.

If it wasn’t for the sender who put the correct address on the letter or the box, how would the postal service know where to deliver it?

Have you ever second-guessed yourself before addressing a letter?

Irene Meekings recently visited a couple’s home in Cust, New Zealand with her daughter-in-law for dinner. As a thank-you, Meekings, who is in her 70s and “almost blind”, sewed a tea towel and an apron for the couple.

While Meekings was able to remember the couple’s first names, Kay and Philip, she was unable to remember their last name. And perhaps even more importantly she couldn’t remember their address.

Meekings wanted to send the couple a thank-you gift but didn’t know their exact address.

Although Meekings was unsure about her hosts’ address she did have an idea of where they lived.

In place of Kay and Philip’s address Meekings wrote, “a farm near situated up a long drive with cows opposite Cust pub or there abouts.”

The New Zealand postal worker was confused but hoped that someone in the town of 450 might know who Kay and Philip were, so they left the package at the Cust service station.

A postal worker delivered the package to the Cust service station.

Posted by Cust Service Centre on Thursday, March 26, 2015

“I could tell it had been written by an older person and I just thought, well, I’ll hang on to it for a couple of days before I send it back and see if I can find who it belongs to,” Tammie McGrath, manager of the Cust service station, told Guardian Australia.

McGrath eventually posted a photo of the package on Facebook and asked for help.

The store shared a photo of the package on Facebook.

Do you know a Kay and Philip in Cust? Please let us know so that we can get this parcel to its rightful owner. thanks

Posted by Cust Service Centre on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Within a few hours, the potential intended recipient walked into the store and said, “I think we own that parcel.”

The man, who doesn’t have Facebook, but became aware of the post after a few friends showed it to him, identified himself as Philip and although he said he didn’t live across from a pub, he did live down the street from one.

In the end, they were able to determine that the package was meant for him and his wife Kay.

“It’s quite sweet,” Kay told Stuff. “I was just surprised and tickled pink that it actually managed to get here.”