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Man posted himself from England to Australia

Posted on Friday, 6 March, 2015 | Comment icon 6 comments

Spiers endured days inside a makeshift shipping crate. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Sergey Korovkin
During the 1960s athlete Reg Spiers came up with an ingenious way to get home after running out of money.
A plane ticket from the UK to Australia can be expensive, so much so that athlete Reg Spiers, who once found himself stranded in London with no money after his wallet was stolen, decided to try traveling back to his home country using the postal service.

To accomplish this he asked his friend to build a crate that was big enough for him to comfortably sit or lie down in while bending his knees. He equipped it with straps to steady him while the box was being moved and spigots he could use to open the lid from inside.

"I worked in the export cargo section, so I knew about cash-on-delivery with freight," he said. "I'd seen animals come through all the time and I thought, 'If they can do it I can do it.'"

The crate, which was addressed to a paint company to avoid arousing suspicion, was loaded on to an Air India plane bound for Perth, Australia and before long he was on his way home.
During the trip he endured stifling heat and almost got caught when he got out of the crate temporarily to urinate in a tin can. Eventually however the plane touched down in Perth and he realized that he was home after hearing the accents of the baggage handlers outside.

Making his escape through a hole in the wall, Spiers put on a suit he'd taken with him, waltzed out of the airport and hitched a ride in a taxi back to his house in time for his daughter's birthday.

It wasn't until his friend back in England inquired about what had happened to him that the story of his incredible journey became headline news.

The airline even agreed to waive his shipping fees.

Source: BBC News | Comments (6)

Tags: Reg Spiers, Post, Australia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 6 March, 2015, 17:06
That's quite an amazing tale. The law was certainly more lenient back in the 1960's. Try that today and I'm sure you won't be getting far.
Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword on 6 March, 2015, 17:53
Bloody Ozzies!
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 6 March, 2015, 17:57
That's quite an amazing tale. The law was certainly more lenient back in the 1960's. Try that today and I'm sure you won't be getting far. He's lucky the cargo hold was pressurized or he may have had trouble breathing. I'm also surprised he mentioned surviving heat, not the cold of the upper altitudes.
Comment icon #4 Posted by bubblykiss on 6 March, 2015, 20:53
I recall reading something about Isaac Asimov being shipped from Russia to America as a very young child. For the life of me I can't recall the source I believe that I read it in.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin on 7 March, 2015, 0:26
Nicely done!
Comment icon #6 Posted by mjm25 on 8 March, 2015, 17:24
A new book about Reg Spiers, 'Out of the Box, The Highs and Lows of a Champion Smuggler' has just been released. Being shipped as airfreight was just the beginning. He would later end up on death row in Sri Lanka. www.outoftheboxstory.com

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