We live in a “neighborhood”, and our house is on a corner. Our mailbox and driveway are on the side street, and not the street that is in our address. In fact, thanks to the previous owners, the mailbox sports our street number, and our street name. Got that?
In just the last week my doorbell has rung unexpectedly on three different occasions. Two of these rings occurred after dark, after the kids were in bed, and it was a little unnerving.
Upon answering the door (with my barking ferocious 7 month old dog in tow) I have found:
- Domino’s Pizza delivery person
- Pizza Hut delivery person
- Cable TV technician
And that’s just in the last week!
I’ve also had guys attempting furniture delivery, Terminix responding to a pest call, flowers delivered on Mother’s Day (sorry, my kids can’t quite afford that yet) and many more pizza deliveries. (Apparently they really like pizza.) As you may have guessed, these are all for the people who live on the side street, with the same house number as mine.
Isn’t it pretty universal that the street the front door faces is the street the house is actually on? And if not, perhaps the street name on the mailbox isn’t obvious enough?
I wish I knew how to handle this. I don’t know the neighbors, but the only thing I can think of would be to let them know how often their delivery people come to my house first, and to ask them to be clear about directions when they order anything, but even that would probably be only about 50% successful.
Oh well, at least it gives me something to blog about.