Perhaps some benevolent hair-care elves are looking out for a few folks in New Zealand’s South Island.
Or, as police are wondering, maybe a would-be criminal is just testing what he or she can get past customs agents.
Four surprise packages - containing up to 300 New Zealand dollars ($231), friendly handwritten notes and either a hair dryer or a pair of hair clippers - were sent recently from Paris to three people on a remote portion of South Island, the Guardian and the Greymouth (New Zealand) Star reported Tuesday.
Two of the notes said “thank you for being a true friend” in a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, the Guardian reported. But the recipients told police they didn’t know who sent the packages or why they received them, according to the Star.
It could be a prank, and it’s probably not a marketing stunt, police Senior Sergeant Allyson Ealam said at a news conference in Greymouth, the papers reported.
However, Interpol and New Zealand Customs Service agents are checking the return addresses and investigating whether this was part of a test run to ship drugs or launder money, she said, according to both media outlets.
“(The recipients) did the right thing by contacting police about their surprise parcels,” Ealam said, according to the Star. “Maybe they have come from someone who won the lottery over there - or it could be that it’s a nice prank.”