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Patricia Bradley Mystery Question 28 Comments

I have a friend who writes A-mazing books–Melanie Dickerson and you can check out her latest release The Silent Songbird. 61lji9aamjlAnyway, I want to share her latest escapade at the post office. And after you read it, would you please take the survey?

Melanie’s Escapade:

Anybody want to hear my newest post office saga? It’s not terrible, but here it is. I had one last box of books to mail so I went to the post office that’s not too far from my daughter’s school after I dropped her off. I opened the door of the van and stuck one leg out and realized . . . I had on shorts and I hadn’t shaved in a really long time. Should I risk someone seeing my hairy legs? Decided reluctantly that I better not, and got back in and drove home.
Left for my appointment early (now with long pants on) so I could go by another post office not too far from the doctor’s office. Got out, lugged the box inside, saw a very long line and only two postal workers, knew I’d be late for my appointment if I stayed, so went back to the van and drove off.

An informal poll:

A. Would you have proceeded inside the post office, hairy legs and all?

B. Or would you have gone home to change into long pants (or shaved)?

And if you’re a man, what would your significant other have done? Leave your answer in the comments section.

BTW, Melanie did get her books mailed…after two more attempts!

Now for the answer to last week’s Mystery Question:

A man convicted of robbery worked out a deal to pay $9600 in damages rather than serve a prison sentence. Why did he end up getting an additional 10 years?

  1. He got caught robbing a Credit Union for the $9600.
  2. For payment, he provided the court a check — a *forged* check.
  3. He paid the fine with cash that tested positive for cocaine, prompting the police to get a search warrant that turned up 5 kilos of the white stuff.
  4. He paid the fine with counterfeit money.

And the answer is…#2. He gave the court a forged check. Paula and Trixi, I’ll add you in the pot for the drawing after Thanksgiving!

Now for this week’s Mystery Question:

The victim’s jewelry was missing, the electronics were gone, and a window was smashed. No wonder she was hysterical when the police arrived. Within a day she was arrested for insurance fraud. Why?

  1. She forgot to turn off her security camera that had recorded her “burglary”.
  2. Her son walked in and asked why all the TVs were at his sister’s house.
  3. Her French-speaking father called and she explained (in French) that it was all a scam in order to get the insurance money. Unfortunately, the police officer spoke French.
  4. A video showed her pawning the missing items at the local pawnshop.

Okay, Super Sleuths, what dumb thing happened? Leave your answers in the comments below and don’t forget to answer the poll. Everyone who responds to the poll will get an automatic entry into the Super Sleuth jackpot.

Comments 28

  1. Lisa

    Mystery Question #3; Poll B though our Post Office is so RIDICULOUS that last week that delivered a package to me that I was returning to a company – complete with a SCAN! Yes, the Postmaster & I had to have yet another chat!! You had ONE JOB…

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  2. Delores Topliff

    I think she forgot to turn off the security camera. They’re all so hysterical, & yes, I would have gone into post office, hairy legs & all, but distracted them w/ a winning smile so they didn’t look down.

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  3. Paula

    I’m guessing 2 again this time. Yes I would have gone into the post office, hairy legs and all. I don’t need to shave my legs that often! And we only have one post office. Time and gas are of the essence! LOL!

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  4. Anne Rightler

    I am guessing #2. And I would’ve just gone in the post office hairy legs and all. Who’s looking at my legs anyway!

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  5. Caryl Kane

    My guess is #2. Yes, I would go on into the Post Office. No one would be able to see my light colored leg hair anyway. 😉

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  6. Trixi

    I’m going to go with the most ridiculous one…#3 Trying to fool the French speaking police officer…LOL! Wouldn’t that be ironic 😉
    As for the Post Office incident….no WAY would I go in there knowing I hadn’t shaved and was wearing shorts! I live in small town & I KNOW I’d run into someone I know there…I’d be so embarassed…lol! I’d go home, put on pants and then do my mailing. Poor Melanie!

    1. Trixi

      So happy to know I got the answer correct for last week! I don’t know how some people can get away with forged checks and fake money 🙂 Thanks for adding my name for the drawing after Thanksgiving!

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      Patricia Bradley

      You wouldn’t believe how many dumb criminals there are out there, Michelle! And I love Melanie’s cover, too. I wanted to put up a survey on FB, but as usual, they’ve changed their format and I couldn’t put one up on my FB page, only if I have a group page. Facebook. GRRRR.

  7. Michelle

    Oh … I thought there was someplace else to leave my poll on the hairy legs. I guess I was supposed to leave it here. I’ve actually gone a lot of places with hairy legs. I’m not proud of it, but I would have taken a chance at the post office. I’m sure someone would have seen me too. (I’ve lived in my town for 36 years and I can’t go anywhere without seeing someone I know.) I’d probably have inherited the reputation of “Mammoth Woman” – or something like that.

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  8. Jennifer Tipton

    I’ll pick #3 this time and hope for the best.
    I’d have put on long pants before I went to the post office as well.
    I do housekeeping at the Ark Encounter and a guest had gotten hit in the back of the leg by someone in one of those motorized scooters and she was debating whether or not to have me call DPS ( public safety) because she hadn’t shaved her legs. :):):) Jenny
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

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  9. Trixi

    LOL Patricia, let me put it this way…I wouldn’t dare LEAVE the house in shorts if my legs were that bad….in small town living, you always run into someone you know! 🙂

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