The people who lived here before us were a bit of a bad lot. They left without paying 6 months rent, the house was trashed, i’m still fending off debt collectors and baliffs for around £25,000 worth of credit card and various other debt and, not surprisingly, they left no forwarding address. Equally, they had rather a lot of people who just came to stay for a while, for whom post occasionally arrives but i still have no addresses for.
I’ve got into the habit of opening post now with no address to return it to – on several occasions this has avoided us having to have our chattels removed at 8am by baliffs, it has got rid of the worst of the debt letters and i’ve been able to return some personal post to the sender when there has been an address inside it. Which, while not legal, seems slightly more human than not bothering.
So today a letter for one of the “friends” came. It had old lady writing and was thickish and it turns out to be a card from a loving auntie. It has photos, absolutely no return address, surname or anything else and £30 in it. 🙁
So here is my dilemma. I know what happens to unreturnable post, it goes to Belfast thewn after 6 weeks it gets incinerated. So i could do that, but it seems a feeble option, given i know it has money in it.
I could hang on to it forever and ever and hope this loving aunty, who the girl hasn’t bothered to let know where she is, eventually writes here with an address in it. But the chances are are i’ll lose it or forget or something. And i am fairly sure this aunt wrote last year too and no one came looking for the letter.
I could donate the money to charity and decide that in the circumstances, that is the most useful help i can be.
I’m not going to spend it, obviously, that would just be wrong. But which is the most right?