Mystery gifts from Paris stump New Zealanders
Mysterious packages sent to a few New Zealanders included cash, a friendly note and hair clippers or hair dryers like this one.
May 15th, 2012
08:23 PM ET

Mystery gifts from Paris stump New Zealanders

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.”

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  1. pj77

    Would France and NZ have the same electrical outlets? I'm too lazy to google it myself.

    May 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      I have no idea. I'm too lazy to look it up for you.

      May 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinks2010

      @pj77 and jdoe– Great posts. I enjoyed the laugh.

      May 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • AC


      May 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      I know, but I'm too lazy to tell you.

      May 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Me neither...I didn't even finish your post...

      May 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Milky Pirate

    Did The Riddler escape Arkham Asylum? This is definitively his handiwork!

    Quick, to the Batmobile!

    May 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      ...and now he plays the waiting game...

      May 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grey

    Better blow it up, just to be safe.

    May 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lee

    Nuke it from Orbit. Its the only way to be sure.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    It's Obama's fault.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. allenwoll

    Would it not be wonderful to live in a universe where the ONLY news was goofy news like this ? ? ?

    I have finished planning and am constructing one to be released soon. Interested parties wishing to become residents of same should subscribe (with cash) now ! ! ! . Space is limited

    May 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Goremote

    Hanging upside-down makes them all crazy down there..............

    May 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. denim

    It's the recipients they DIDN'T hear from which concern me.

    May 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. toadears

    Very hairy dilemma.

    May 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RichS

    Maybe the Kiwis think they're trojan horses!

    May 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johnjon

    EvEryOne iS tOO pArAnOID............ jUst GeT oVer iT.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Diane

    Hahahahahahahha!! I'm too lazy to laugh out loud.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    LLol...thanks, guys...

    May 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dike

    Send me the gift, I wont call the cops but will send you a thank you note...

    May 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. writerscramp

    Now you know how stumped Americans felt when the French sent us the Statue of Liberty

    May 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
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