Tale of a light fingered wine thief… (aka the Willis Street opportunist)

Light fingered wine thief

If you are going to move into an apartment building, be sure it’s not in upper Willis Street, Wellington, which appears to be home to one of the most light fingered residents in the capital.

Just last month, a bottle of $80 Central Otago Pinot Noir was sent my way, only to be duly delivered and then promptly disappear before I ever clapped eyes on it. The same thing happened to a large box that another resident has now alerted us all to with flyers noting that this was something she had paid for and actually needs. It was the same story with a new stereo that my boyfriend bought last year and with another couple of boxes of wine sent to me as  professional samples, with a high priced bottle in November last year, with a box sent for a story I had to write and with three bikes (two belonged to us) taken from a concealed downstairs room, accessible only to residents of this supposedly secure building. We have no security cameras in place. Yet. But my confidence in having anything delivered here has now completely expired.

It seems incredibly ironic to me, given that I have now been writing about wine for 24 years and have only once before ever had anything stolen or go missing before it reached me.

Thank you to those who send me samples of wine and other products, which are much appreciated, and I apologise to those who may have sent things that have not reached me in the past 12 months.

Change of address…

If you are among those who work professionally with wine, books, food and any other products or press releases that you sent to me, can you please amend your database to a new, secure address to deliver products to me, namely, this one:

Joelle Thomson

Writer and author

Apartment 8A, Herbert Gardens

186 The Terrace

Wellington 6011

Thanks again, and please do keep in touch with me by email and phone, as always. This was how I knew that some of the above wine samples had gone missing in the first place. I suppose the Willis Street Opportunist hadn’t bargained on that.

Author: Joelle Thomson

I am a wine writer, author and educator... first bitten by a big buttery Chardonnay on a dark and stormy night in the 1980s and there was no turning back... Follow my tastings and join some too on this new site.

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