I ordered a Shimano M580 crankset from nashbar for $160. I had it delivered to my mom's place because I live in an apartment and don't trust my neighborhood with packages on doorsteps. Anyway, I rode over there yesterday, brought the package inside, drank some coffee, read the paper, and then rode back to my place to go to class. I forgot the package though. I left it sitting in the living room. "Dern it" I thought as I rode home, contemplating turning around to go and get it. But then I figured, it's not like I left it sitting on the porch. It was in the living room, next to the couch. I'd just get it later.
Well, about 8PM last night I rode over to my mom's place to pick it up. When I went in and noticed there was just air where my package used to be, I said, "Hey, Mom. where's the box that was sitting next to the couch?" She put her hands up to her mouth and in a nervous tone asked, "Why, was there something in it?" I could see it wasn't good. I told her that there was a $160 piece in there for my touring bike and she immediately apologized and informed me that she took the box to recycling.
We drove over to the recycling drop off bins and quickly found the outer box that it was shipped in, but there was definitely no crankset anywhere.
I have no idea how she could have managed to do it. It's not like a crankset is paper thin and easily missed. She wrote out a check, but come on... I can't take money from my own mother. I guarantee I will never forget to take my deliveries home ever again. Lesson learned. And I imagine that from now on my mom will collapse all boxes before taking them to recycling (like you are supposed to ).