Post Office won’t release parcel addressed to cat because it has no ID

Be careful who you address your gifts to this year, as it turns out the Post Office has no sense of humour when it comes to releasing packages to pets.

post office cat

Ted the cat. Formally known as Ted Maher-Kirk, part of the Maher-Kirk family.

Ted’s owner, Brittany posted in dismay to her Facebook account earlier this month about her situation with the Post Office. Her mother had ordered an advent calendar online and nobody had been in to take the delivery, so as you’d expect, they got a ‘Sorry we missed you’ card through the door.

The problem arose when they attempted the collect the package. Brittany’s mother had jokingly addressed the delivery to their cat, Ted.

postage slip for ted the cat

When attempting to collect the package, the Post Office refused to release it, saying that it must be collected by Ted – and he must bring one of his valid forms of ID.

Ted, being a cat, has no ID.

ted the cat facebook brittany

The Post Office requires one of the following to collect parcels:

  • Credit or debit card
  • Bank or building society cheque/savings book
  • Valid Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • NHS Medical Card
  • Photo ID card

Fortunately, after speaking to the Post Office Head Office, Brittany was able to secure the release of Ted’s calendar, much to the displeasure of jobsworths everywhere.