Gift that Fell off the Truck

Dear Clover,136 years ago

Last month a friend of mine brought me a gift for no reason. Wrapped, in a pretty box was a brand new clapper (you know, the gadget that plugs into the wall, you plug your applience into it, and then you can turn the applience on and off by clapping your hands). I thought it was an odd gift, and odd to receive it without an occasion. Later, this friend told me that he gave his mother a similiar item that had "fallen off the truck" from work. I believe this meant it was stolen. Further, I believe my gift was stolen, as well. What do I do? Do I call the store? Do I tell his mother? I feel like I can't trust this person anymore.

anonymous

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Dear anonymous,136 years ago

It could mean that he was involved in the stealing directly, or that he was able to purchase it from someone who was involved in stealing it. Either way is wrong, but first of all you need to decide whether to break off the friendship. You might want to ask him about it and if he realizes it's a mistake and said it won't happen again then you could give him another chance. If not, and you're no longer friends I would just not associate with him and move on.

starfish

Dear anonymous,135 years ago

Haven't you heard the term "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth?" When your friend told you he gave his mom a similar gift, and it had "fallen off the truck," you had the perfect opportunity to ask him what that meant. Instead, you you kept the gift, and wonder if you should call his mother and/or the store. What would you tell them; you think your friend stole some Clappers, wrapped them up and gave them out as gifts? How would that scenario play out if your suspicions are unfounded?

Stop jumping to conclusions about where this gift came from, and talk to your friend about it. Several explanations come to mind in reference to falling off the truck. For instance, trucking companies offer truckloads of damaged, shipped overages, and returned merchandise to their employees as a small benefit. They also negotiate with stores to accept loads of slightly damaged merchandise so the entire profit margin isn't lost. So that gift you got, really could have fallen off the truck so to speak, but you'll never know the answer until you talk directly to your friend.

Aunt_Lucy