Taylor Swift, the 23 year-old Grammy winner, receives “countless” numbers of fan mail letters each week from all over the globe. But over the weekend, a large pile of unopened fan mail was discovered laying in a dumpster in Taylor’s hometown of Nashville, Tenn.. Local resident Kaylee Francescan happened upon the ignored letters which were “covered with pictures, hearts and sparkles”, while she was tossing out her trash. After the letters were ultimately brought to the attention of Swift’s camp, the discovery is being labeled a simple "clerical error", according to Us Weekly yesterday.
“There were like hundreds of letters in there to Taylor Swift and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh!' I didn't know if they were stolen [or] discarded, so I threw them in a box”, Francescan told Nashville’s ABC affiliate WKRN. “And I'm like, 'Somebody needs to let Taylor know,' It did bother me [because] I know how much her fans mean to her”.
Taylor’s fan mail is typically sent to a P.O. Box in a Nashville strip mall, where a member of the pop star’s management team supposedly picks it up “regularly”. Swift’s rep says thankfully it was simply a “clerical error”.
Taylor’s spokesperson Paula Erickson said, “Taylor gets thousands of fan letters every day, and they are delivered to her management office. After the letters are opened and read, they are recycled.
“The only explanation for any letters being unopened would be that a small batch of mail that was supposed to be delivered to Taylor was accidentally put with letters headed for the recycling center”, Erickson said, according to USA Today.
Taylor Swift does indeed have tons of gratitude towards her fans. “It blows me away how thoughtful and organized they are”, Swift has said previously. “Sometimes they'll give me a scrapbook or a project that was made by hundreds of fans from around the world”.
Thankfully Taylor Swift fans can rest easy knowing it was only an accident that the letters were discarded unopened. And as for her management team, they’ll surely be more careful with how they handle their superstar client’s fan mail, opened or otherwise.