dangerous gift items?

Pull up a chair close to the computer screen, I have a sad story to tell you.




I ordered some perfume from my friend Amy at Inspire Company as a gift for someone special. When it arrived the other day, I was so excited to open it up and have a look. The postman handed it over and my heart sank a little. The fancy printed tape that Amy seals her parcels with was covered - with bright yellow plastic tape. It could only mean one thing, bad news: Canada/US Customs.

I sliced into the box and had a look. There was an ugly form letter from the border police informing me that I'd ordered "dangerous materials" from abroad and they had confiscated it at the border and.... destroyed it.

Well I dug a little deeper into that packing box and found, lo and behold, the pretty pink box had been opened, Amy's perky polka-dot ribbons untied, and the perfume - gone. No doubt tossed into a garbage can. Or maybe even worn by the wife of a nice border patrol officer, do you think? The letter went on to say that due to terrorism and the risk of sending dangerous and explosive items in the mail, the new policy was to destroy it at the border. There was a 1-800 number for me to call for more information, but the letter explained that I'd better not call to find out where my "explosives" were, they'd already been destroyed.

It healed my broken heart a bit to see that Amy had included a cute little ring for me and my tiny cupcake ballerinas arrived okay, although I am sure they were traumatized by the goings-on at the Canada/US border.

Tell me, readers... many of you know Amy and I both... do we look like troublemakers?

10 comments:

tamdoll said...

This is so sad. Happened to me once within the US... I shipped sewn and stuffed doll heads to CA. The post office opened them up and destroyed one of the heads looking for drugs?!? in the stuffing. I'd rather be safe than sorry, but this is really silly.

Roxanne said...

Oh that is awful! I'm sure they are just doing their jobs to keep us all safe, but really do you wonder what those people are thinking sometimes. Like terrorists know how to be that cute!

teresa said...

oh that makes me bummed! I order her stuff frequently and she always does such a fab job w/ packaging. Her products are so perfect!! So sorry that happenned to you.

kim said...

Oh NO!!! I would have been sooo sad too!! DARN!

jenny holiday said...

ohhhh my goodness!! that is just the worst!! So so sad to hear that you cannot purchase a perfume from the US nowadays. Boo hoo!

Really cannot stop shaking my head!
Really stinks!!

The packaging looked lovely!! I wouldn't expect anything less from the darling Amy!

Happy New Year Saucy!!

xoxo Jenny

Bettsi said...

What a sad story! So now Canadians cannot smell pretty? Pah! Terrible!

Sarah and Jack said...

P.S. What is that interesting button covered tablecloth? table? that the box is sitting on?

Saucy said...

Sarah, my little trick is nice scrapbooking paper. It breaks up the repetition of all my photos being staged on my concrete countertop or maple island. 12x12 paper is great for photographing anything delicate or even miniature, like a nice little custom backdrop!

lindiepindie said...

So THAT'S how customs works, eh? So do they open every package that goes over the border? And then if it's new they charge a duty? Well, at least they "machines of destruction" smell a bit better than they used to.

Sarah and Jack said...

Ok, this is an old post, but thanks for the answer. I cannot believe that is paper?!?! Great googly moogly, I need some of that! My little boy has a real button fetish, and crafting with button paper, well, that would be the bee's knees!