San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Mail Delivered Six Years Late

THE chief of customs for the CentralPost Office made a surprising find duringa routine inspection in February at a customswarehouse in Cartago, east of SanJosé: 143 sacks containing hundreds ofpackages sent to Costa Rica from Spainand England in 1998.The Post Office hurriedly deliveredthe six-year-old mail, attaching notes ofapology that claimed the Customs warehousenever alerted the Post Office of theshipment’s arrival.

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