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. banasy©

    What a strange story...

    May 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mickey1313

    They, the sender, are probably trying to figure out what they can send via the post. The cia needs to know this to make future false flag ops work for them

    May 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeffinIL

      The aluminum foil hats didn't make it through.

      May 16, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |

    New Zealand is famous for raising sheep!

    May 16, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth 7

      "Sheep" are the flock in the Bible. They took down Samson by going after his hair.

      May 16, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    Random act of kindness.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mr. Dollars

    Well... Let's not forget that the Megaupload "CEO" used to live there... perhaps another big honcho is there and is testing water to find out if he can receive "gifs" with huge amounts of money, drugs or jewelry in the box.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. DianeL

    If someone would like to send a box of cash in the mail to me, I won't turn it away. lol

    May 16, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jerome Horowitz

    They sent a bald guy a comb because they knew he would never part with it.......

    May 16, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • [Takes a bow]

      Thank you. Thank you. I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitresses.

      May 16, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Havok


      May 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Even though I didn't want to, I couldn't stop myself from chuckling just a little at this one. Bravo!

      May 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hjs3

    Hair-raising story to be sure....

    Quick... Someone call Sherlock?

    May 16, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jack

    If it was a "test run", thank you media for letting the criminals know it worked.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. James

    You can always rely on the media to ruin any potential sting operation.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nature's Awe

    Did all the hairdyers have a dead fly attached or was the one pictured the only lucky winner?

    May 16, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I was wondering also. lol Bonus gift?

      May 16, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      ssh. That is the world's smallest Interpol agent.

      May 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Great job letting the crooks know their dry run was discovered.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. maximusvad

    Gifts from the Shire.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. charles bowen

    Hi! To Chi Chi from an old Bandit, Sundance Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    May 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Susielou

    I don't really think that's a dead fly, I think it's a power-boost switch on the dryer...mine has a similar button...of course, I could need my glasses changed, too.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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