I was at my mailbox, checking through the mail, when I spied a letter written in pencil, addressed to me. I slipped my finger under the back flap and gently unfolded the contents.
The letter was odd from the get go. Written on the backside of a piece of notebook paper, the writer informed me that they had four of my college paintings and if I was interested in getting them back, I needed to write them at the following address before a certain date as a move was in progress and they needed to know what to do with the paintings. The name attached didn’t sound familiar at all, and I wondered how they had come into contact with my paintings? The end noted I had four or five days from the time of the receipt of letter to correspond…
Well, I was excited. I hadn’t seen the paintings in 20 some odd years. Some of them are the ones posted on my website…
At the time I thought it was strange how they didn’t have a phone number, but I wrote back, right away.
Within a week, I received a certified envelope (again, in pencil!) that I had to sign for…inside, another mysterious letter. This time I was informed if I wanted to see the paintings, I needed to send $4500. The letter writer had decided that since they had stored the paintings for all those years, they were going to charge me a certain amount per month per painting and it totalled the $4500.
I couldn’t believe it! I must have stood there in the post office, re-reading and re-reading the letter. I took it home to show Lance, and we both got a good laugh out of it. I have the letter somewhere in my file of bizarre letters.
And, no, I didn’t buy the paintings back. I didn’t even respond to such blackmail. I would suppose the paintings are in a dumpster by now.
There you have it.
2 Comments on “Ok, Funny Story”
That IS a wild story!! How could someone charge you for work that YOU did? They should have paid YOU for sharing your talent with them all those years!
Ooooh… next time I’m down your way you have to show me your file of bizarre letters! There could be a great coffee table book in there! ::grin::
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