A German company that makes shoes for atheists — yeah, I don’t really get the connection either — noticed that a lot of the packages they sent to customers in the United States were getting lost in the mail, so they decided to do a little experiment and found that packages marked with tape that said “atheist” on it were far more likely to get delayed or lost.
Before all of this, Atheist Shoes closed their shipping boxes with tape that said “atheist” on it. So they sent double packages to 89 customers in the US, 178 packages in all, with one box having the “atheist” tape and the other having regular tape. The result: nine of the packages marked “atheist” got lost and only one of the packages without those markings got lost. And the “atheist” packages took an average of three days longer. One “atheist” box sent here to Michigan took 37 days.
Now this is a fairly small sample set, but it’s still significant. I don’t know what the rate of lost packages is on items sent from Germany to the US, but over 5% seems awfully high. And the fact that it was skewed so heavily against the packages marked “atheist” is highly suspicious. It would not be difficult for a post office employee at several points in the handling of packages to delay or “accidentally” lose the box and it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if that’s exactly what happens.