A short while ago I ordered a CCD cleaning kit for my camera as all of the muck has got to the stage (actually, it's been pretty bad for a while -- I've just been a chicken) that it is adversely affecting my photos, especially studio stuff. At the same time I decided to order a 67mm UV filter to replace the really cheap and nasty single-coated one I bought with my camera. The filter wasn't overly expensive -- about £12 including P&P from Hong Kong.
I returned from home this evening and spotted a yellow packet on top of the post boxes and on a quick inspection I found that it was address to me, and that it had been ripped open. It was definitely the packet the Hoya filter came in as it was clearly post marked Hong Kong, although the contents were gone. Great.
I went over to reception to report this and spotted that 127 had been written on the envelope, likely suggesting that for some reason it had been delivered to the wrong post box. I have absolutely no idea why this would be as I had provided a full and accurate address, which is shown on the packet. That said, a little bit is missing -- the bit where it should say Flat 129. What has likely then happened is that the guys in 127 have found the packet, placed it on top of the letterboxes and somebody has then spotted a piece of mail from Hong Kong and thought "PSP game!" or something similar and then proceeded to rip it open. I doubt a small circular piece of glass will be quite what they had hoped for.
Anyway, I'm not too sure what to do now. I've spoken to two people in 127 but they don't recall seeing the packet and the rest of them are out. It was theoretically shipped with insurance from Hong Kong so I might be able to claim on that -- it never did reach my letterbox, after all.
I'll stick up a "STOLEN -- small piece of glass" with a picture of the crappy filter I have now in the hopes that somebody will return it. I can't say I expect to ever see it though.
Of slight interest is an eBay listing for a 67mm Hoya UV filter listed earlier on today with the seller having only registered yesterday... the location isn't Manchester but it is odd, regardless...