Woman mysteriously gets ‘really cheesy’ shoe deliveries for years

These boots are made to be returned.

For a year now, Oak Park’s Simone Boutet has been wrongly received more than 15 pairs of “really cheesy” shoes on her front door.

After the first pair mysteriously arrived a year ago, she’s been a shoo-in for more surprise shoes ever since.

“They’re really funny,” Boutet told WLS-TV about the shoes. “And they’re really, really, really cheesy.”

But when she tried to ship the first package back to UPS, it immediately came back to her sphere of influence.

“I explained everything to her and she understood,” she said of trying to return the unwanted shoes. “And so she took them back and then about four days later they came back to me in the mail.”

But after a botched return, Boutet received more at her door.

Boutet claims she received between 15 and 20 pairs of boots and heels in the last year.
Simone Boutet/Facebook

In a Facebook post — which contained images of the various shoes she received — she realized the heels must have come from Amazon. Now she’s “doomed” to an endless stream of random shoe deliveries despite trying to fix the glitch, she wrote.

UPS classified the error as a “typographical error” and said it would work with the original carrier to correct the return labels.

UPS officials said the questionable shoes should be returned to an Amazon retailer in China, but the return label reads “Simone” with a single address on Elm Street in Chicago.

Boutet's Facebook post
The boots piled up despite Boutet’s numerous attempts to fix the problem.
Simone Boutet/Facebook

Because the address is not a returns center, UPS’s attempt to fix the problem resulted in a devastating fate for “Simone” in Oak Park.

However, the United States Postal Service (USPS) warns against this so-called brushing scams on its website, noting that unwanted deliveries could be more insidious.

“Even though it looks like a victimless crime — you got some free stuff after all — the reality is that your personal information could have been compromised,” the USPS wrote. “Often, scammers obtain personal data in a nefarious and malicious manner and use it in the future in a variety of scams and other illegal activities.”

An Amazon representative said the company is addressing the “highly unusual situation.”

“We have reached out to our customer to apologize for this inconvenience associated with a business selling on our website and have also asked the shoe seller to make the appropriate corrections on their part,” the representative said.

Now Boutet hopes she never has to wait for another shoe.

“I can’t stop and it’s really funny because of the shoes themselves, they’re just hilariously not my style,” she said. “And it just doesn’t stop. It’s absurd.” Woman mysteriously gets ‘really cheesy’ shoe deliveries for years


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