How do I prevent getting packages delivered to my apartment?

piloting newfangled spying tools I moved into my new building this morning and my broker called me around 9:30. He said that there were packages in my apartment and to “run” the elevator. I…

How do I prevent getting packages delivered to my apartment?

piloting newfangled spying tools

I moved into my new building this morning and my broker called me around 9:30. He said that there were packages in my apartment and to “run” the elevator. I ran down four flights because my agents told me that I can collect packages there as long as they are specifically addressed to my apartment.

We then opened one package in my living room. There was a large half-eaten chocolate chip cookie sitting on top of a box of assorted cookies. They were very sweet and I realize I should not have opened them, but I did so. When I looked inside, I saw a smoothie pump and some fruit juice packaging.

This made me very aware of my career choices because I knew what I was doing. When I pointed out that this bottle of fresh fruit juice I had brought wasn’t mine, it immediately became obvious that I was a general contractor and couldn’t possibly use the leftover bottles to refill my client’s juice machine. I would rather have been running the elevator and collecting mail. Since I can’t open packages, I need my mail to be packaged so it can get delivered.

I need to see this rule enforced. Perhaps both the packages and the mail can be delivered in person to residents and tenants?

I am considering sending out an e-mail to all the residents of my building that asks them to be discreet when picking up packages. I feel like I would want to know who was coming and going as well, but perhaps I am overreacting.

Because my building is on an adjacent floor from my old building, my old neighbors no longer live here, but I think the smells of fresh food make it hard to keep a low profile. I may be giving a false impression of a pleasant place to live if I keep eating high-end foods.

Right now, I feel alone. I was living in another apartment in the building until I was able to sell my last place for seven times the price I paid. Now, my flatmates have moved out and so has my mother. I have everyone moving away or having an unhappy goodbye from me.

And I still don’t know if I can get packages there.

Hi Ellen

Glad to hear you found your new address after being displaced from your old apartment. Receiving a package on your new doorstep may offer a little relief from the stink of your new neighborhood and the trashcan bustle of your former one.

Package delivery is a common problem. For example, not long ago, a money-changer helped a woman who had fallen and was bleeding. The woman turned out to be in the middle of a scare and could not swallow, so the moneychanger kept holding her down until she could.

The federal Census bureau estimates that about 10 percent of U.S. households pay for deliveries, either by their landlord or through a private service such as UPS, United Parcel Service or FedEx.

Some residential buildings mandate that residents refuse deliveries, and even services with a more liberal approach encourage notifying the USPS as well as the building. I think you should start telling your new building authorities the truth and that this doesn’t look like a clean break. Your landlord may also do you a big favor by writing a letter about the issue or even by posting it in the hall, thereby generating a sense of community, since your new neighbors are not always welcome.

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