I think one of the most sobering reminders that we live in a fallen world is that, no matter how advanced technology gets or how elaborate human infrastructure becomes, nature will often still find a way to beat us at our own game.
It certainly is a marvel these days that, with a few clicks on our smartphones, we can have a plethora of goods delivered right to our front porch.
However, as long as drone delivery and autonomous vehicles remain in the testing stages, mortal humans are still required to drive, and then physically place the packages containing these goods in our mailbox or on our porch.
And, well, sometimes these mortal humans encounter bears.
A UPS driver in North Carolina last week left a note for a customer for whom his attempt to deliver a package had failed, and he left a simple, three-word reason that has no gone viral:
Bear in driveway.
Marcy Lanier, who lives in Ashville, posted the note on her Facebook page, where friends and family clearly enjoyed the unusual reason her package was unable to be delivered, although some thought the UPS driver was far too timid.
“I woulda wrestled that bear and delivered that package,” wrote one of her friends.
Lanier, who later spoke to local news, also seems to have thought it wasn’t a good enough reason not to deliver the package, saying “We get bears all the time. So there was a bear in the driveway, so he couldn’t drop it off on my front porch. He normally drops my packages on my front porch. So that’s how it happened. He could stay safe in his truck, on the road.”
She added that the mailbox was a safe distance from the driveway.
One of her friends, however, had a very good suggestion:
“Should have used FedEx — remember Tom Hanks in Castaway? He delivered at the end of the movie and look what he went through!!!”
(H/T The Daily Wire)