Christmas gift sent in 2010 arrives a year late

U.S. Postal Service trucks are seen parked near the loading dock at the U.S. Post Office sort center Aug. 12, 2011, in San Francisco. Getty Images

WINTER BEACH, Fla. - An Arkansas woman finally has proof that she bought her mother a Christmas gift last year.

The package Mary Beth Mauldin sent via the United States Postal Service last December finally arrived in Florida on Dec. 16 — one year and six days after it was mailed from Greenbrier, Ark.

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The Vero Beach Press Journal reports Mauldin visited the post office numerous times over the past year to try to track the package.

The box contained a gift card and a flannel nightgown for her mother, Mary Lou Shelton.

The women got an apology from post office officials, who say they aren't sure what caused the delay.

Shelton also got some additional holiday cheer when her daughter's Christmas card arrived Monday, three days after it was mailed from Arkansas.

The post office isn't the only delivery service to receive negative attention for its handling of packages. Video from a security camera recently surfaced showing an apparent FedEx worker dumping a computer-monitor box over a high fence.

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