Lol, post office eff'd up but what should I do
I ordered something online and decided to go with the cash on delivery payment method. So after I make the order I get a call from the company to confirm my shipping address and to tell me that when my package arrives at the post office I will be notified and will have to go down to the post office to pay and pick it up. So about a week later I come home and I see the package sitting on my doorstep, no payment invoice or anything. Obviously this is a mistake on the post office's part because they are supposed to collect the money and forward it to the company, but its been almost a month now but I have not heard from the post office or the company about making payment. Whats even better is that the tracking information for the package says that it arrived in my city on January 20th and has been out for delivery since then. So to the post office it looks like the package is either still not delivered or was lost in transit.
I don't know if I should open the package or not in case I end up getting in trouble for not paying or something, but I also don't want to call the post office and tell them that they never charged me for the delivery. At some point the company is going to realize that they never received payment from the post office, then the post office will realized they eff'd up and delivered the package to me without collecting the COD. But again, the tracking info says it is still not delivered so they have no idea that I have it. So whats the post office going to do, call me up and say "Sorry to bother you, but you know that packaged we may have delivered to you a month ago. The thing is we were supposed to charge you for that so if you got it could please come down to the post office and pay we would really appreciate that."
I keep telling myself that I should just forget about it and be happy that I didnt have to pay, but at the same time the order was for quite a substantial amount so the company that didn't recieve their money might make a few inquiries. What can the post office do in this situation and what should I do?