You are viewing grrm

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Stolen Scripts

angry
Parris and I have always been big supporters of the various charities, both fannish and mundane, that raise funds through auctions at SF and fantasy conventions. It's a great way to raise money for worthy causes, have a little fun, and get some unique items into the hands of collectors. In fact, I just finished shipping off five huge boxes of books, games, t-shirts, and other collectables to our hotel in Reno, to donate to the various charity auctions at worldcon.

(Some items will go to SFWA Emergency Medical Fund auction, some to the BWB fund-raising drive to pay for their party, some to the worldcon's own charity).

Unfortunately, there are a couple items that won't be auctioned at worldcon. We had hoped to bring a couple of signed scripts from the first season of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES with us, and the good folks in Belfast were kind enough to donate them. Dan Weiss sent them across the pond (registered and priority, signature required).

All that arrived was a battered envelope and Dan's cover letter.

The US post office delivered the envelope in a plastic baggie with a pre-printed note apologizing for the "damage." But this was no error in handling. The envelope was torn open at one end, and both scripts were gone, though Dan's letter remained.

I am convinced the scripts were stolen.

Last year we donated a signed STAR TREK script to a charity auction and it brought $1200. These two scripts may not have gone for quite that much, but they would have brought home some significant bucks. Someone in the US Post Office (we believe the package made it across from Belfast relatively unscathed) recognized their value and removed them.

So... I am putting out the word to all my fans and readers. Whoever sold these scripts will presumably try to cash in at some point. So if any of you ever see scripts fitting this description turn up on ebay, one of its competitors, or on some dealer's table -- notify me at once, and report the stolen property to whatever local authorities are appropriate.

Here's what was taken: two teleplays, final shooting scripts for episodes nine and ten of season one, "Baelor" and "Fire and Blood," autographed by writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and director Alan Taylor, printed on white paper.

Like Bloodraven, I have a thousand eyes and one. So let's keep 'em all peeled, boys and girls.

Comments

( 76 comments )
Page 2 of 3
<<[1] [2] [3] >>
Carl Anderson
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Weird
Maybe it was the Chinese or a psychopath.....why would someone what to steal your work?
What STAR TREK? I would love to know. I bet it would make a great movie.
ravenclaw_eric
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I agree with the people who said that contacting the Postal Inspectors was a good idea. Those guys are dedicated to their work, and about as good at it as they can be.

I'd also have a talk with the British version---I don't know as much about them.
hedgeknight1
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Registered mail
If the envelope was sent "Registered" then everyone who handles the envelop at every post office must personally sign for it. They would record if it were received damaged. So those records should be checked and one can find out between what offices the damage/robbery occurred.

If this happened in the U.S., they will investigate. Overseas, I am not sure.

Usually mail in the US is safe and secure. In 3rd world countries, definitely not secure. But this came from Europe where they are usually also very safe and precise in handling envelopes, especiially registered.
inksplotch_ed
Aug. 14th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
getting the word out to your fans on tumblr! if we're all watching out for it, the culprit will be found, and their head put on a spike for all to see!
killerpayne
Aug. 14th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Some people have no shame!

I'll definitely have my eyes open at the convention in two weeks.
memyselfandrye
Aug. 14th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
If George can't use his clout...
to get media attention that will cause mass awareness and hopefully recover the stolen scripts, then he should use the media to publicly shame the US postal system, and swear to use courier services with no affiliation to the USPS.

As soon as a parcel is damaged, it should initiate an investigation, where the sender and recipient are contacted, and the items contained in the parcel are confirmed, rather than letting it get to this point, where it might have been days since it was stolen, and the trailer grown cold.
robinskij
Aug. 14th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
That's despicable. I hope they turn up. It would be really nice if they ever caught who did it. Lucky for them even if they do get caught, they won't be flayed or have their heads on a pike...lol...
linguafranca
Aug. 14th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
What the hell is wrong with people? I suggest a dose of Oberyn Martell's special poison.
xiados
Aug. 14th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
I hope you're able to get these back. There's really no excuse for this, "damaged" business with what should be a trusted service. That someone who stole it needs to have what's coming to them hurried up a bit, also.
Joonas Tammjrv
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Its seems to me that USPS is full of kleptomaniacs.

anysia
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
Some people are just scummy.
darklotus1211
Aug. 14th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
I don't know the procedure for registered post in the US, but over here in Australia, an employee's signature is required every time it changes hands, and any and all damage noted.

If you contact UPS and make a formal complaint, if it was handled properly, they should be able to trace whose care it was in when the 'damage' occurred.

It's a federal crime to tamper with mail, especially registered mail over here, as I imagine it is in the states. I'd give it a shot, and also apply for compensation - that will get them moving to find the culprit, and give you some money to at least donate - there's usually a limit, but hit them in the hip pocket nerve, and it should get them moving.

Best of luck tracking the stolen scripts.

wellinghall
Aug. 14th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
That is absolutely terrible. I really hope they are recovered soon.
jolaf
Aug. 14th, 2011 10:32 am (UTC)
Damn, I thought thing like that are only happening in Russia here. It's sad to hear US is also not safe in this aspect. Anyway, registered mail really helps even in the russian wilds. :) Wish bad things like that are never happen to you ever again!
nicklarter
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
I know it's disheartening when this happens, but there is a chance, albeit very tiny by the sound of it, that it actually was damage and not theft. I've had instances of receiving damaged packages in the little plastic bag via the UK postal service with (clearly worthless) content missing and you look at them and you wonder how that damage could ever happen in a million years - like the package got ripped apart by a sorting machine or something - but it does happen.
kromelizard
Aug. 14th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
The bookstore I work at ships online orders via USPS and the number of packages that go missing that are clearly stolen (or "lost" in the Jersey processing center) is quite high. It's always higher dollar value textbooks addressed to university addresses, and almost never the much cheaper tradebooks we ship, that go missing and when we do get the "damaged" envelope back, they've always been neatly cut open. There's little recourse and little attempt at accountability on the part of the postal service. I suppose it's a bit late for the advice, but I would only send items of value via FedEx or UPS, whatever their failings they lose far fewer packages and don't just brush off lost or stolen package reports.
ayrynkat
Aug. 14th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Boo, anonymous postal worker stealing for charity things! May all your underwear give you the most uncomfortable wedgies for all time.
Bruno Camacho
Aug. 14th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Not evey crow reach its destination. I'm sorry to hear that.
loco73
Aug. 14th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
A Song Of Bastards And Assholes
This sucks!?!?! It also speaks to the kind of douchebag the person who did is! Damn it you really cannot trust anybody these days, even when it is for a good cause!

I am not entirely surprised, years ago I had some issues whenever I had stuff delivered through the United States Postal service to Canada, magazines, merchandise came damaged, unusually late etc. The US Postal Service would usually pass the packages to Canada Post, and would blame them for whatever was going wrong.

Anyways, I'll keep my eyes open and if anything comes up on the net regarding this I'll inform you ASAP. At the same time I'm also going to think what should happen to the thief if he or she is ever caught...something gruesome in keeping with the unforgiving nature of "A Song Of Ice And Fire" (I'm of course kidding...well sort of...)

The person who did this is majorly f**ked!
yagathai
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
The postal service investigators aka mail cops are farcically overworked, but once they actually get on a case instead of just rubberstamping the paperwork they are like pitbulls. If you make a fuss, you might be pleased with the results.
mickey2093
Aug. 15th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
really?
They actually sent it via the US mail? something of value?
I didn't think anyone did that anymore - anyone with sense, anyway. you don't put ANYTHING of value into the hands of the United States Postal Service... they are the lowest common denominator in delivering correspondance or packages. It's unfortunate, but I hope everyone reading about this (or those involved, dan, db, etc) learns from this mistake and never counts on the usps to actually delivery anything of import...
grrm
Sep. 5th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: really?
Well, it was mailed from Belfast, so actually they entrusted it to the British mails. Who in turn handed it to the USPS.
Liam Collins
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Spreading the word.
I too, good Sir, have endured the suffering of having things go missing. Over the years I have lost props, artwork, and even my entire costume. I've began thinking Start Trek conventions are a den of kleptomaniac thieves, as at every single one I've attended - something ended up missing off a table or from my room.
I am spreading the word about your manuscripts.
I do hope you get them back.
t40rs731n
Aug. 15th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
GRRRRR!
I was given a bunch of 16MM films once and I sold them on ebay. At first I used USPS. Had the exact same thing happen. The purchaser received a torn paper claiming "damage" but the films can go for a couple hundred bucks.

I stopped using them for sending important property.
legendofworth
Aug. 16th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
How horrible! People are amazing sometimes... and not always in the best ways. I'm so sorry :(
meganlindholm
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Well, as a former postal worker, I think a machine probably ate it.

I just received a similar envelope and apology. It contained the cover sheet of a Locus magazine and nothing else.

If the envelope frayed at the bottom, then they do give way, just like that, and the contents drops out on the floor. If it has any sort of address on the script, it may have gone back to that address. They do try.

No, really. As someone who ran a rural route, delivering everything from earthworms to trees to live chicks as part of my job, I know the kind of hard work that goes on behind that tall counter.

I hope there was an address one the script itself, and that it homers to it.

Megan Lindholm
Page 2 of 3
<<[1] [2] [3] >>
( 76 comments )

Profile

Spain
grrm
George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

Latest Month

December 2014
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner