Buried beneath headlines of celebrity fashion, guest appearances, and massive reunions from Coachella 2016 is one story that might be the greatest festival tale that’s ever been told: the time people tried to file their taxes at the Lincoln Log-themed faux post office.
In the U.S., April 18th was the tax return deadline. You’d think as an American citizen that you’d take care of most important (if only) piece of mail you send all year before you go away for an LSD-infused, binge-drinking weekend in the desert. Maybe we’re giving people too much credit.
According to Mercury News, postmaster Megan Hampton was dumbfounded when at least 10 people tried to file their taxes at the festival post office on the first day.
“No, I can’t ‘just take it’,” Hampton said. “How do they have their taxes here? I don’t know.”
— Mercury News (@mercnews) April 17, 2016
Coachella’s post office isn’t a real USPS affiliate, rather than an intermediary between the festival and the actual Indio, California local post office. Most of Hampton’s business comes from selling postcards to drunk festival-goers to send to their family back home. But since the fake hipster outpost isn’t an official post office, Hampton can’t legally take someone’s taxes.
It also raises a ton of questions: why and how did you bring your taxes with you? Were they completed before you got to the festival? Did you take a solar powered calculator and all of your receipts, sit in a tepee with a pen furiously trying to mark the page on a dirt floor? I need answers.
— Fusion (@ThisIsFusion) April 19, 2016
According to Hampton, that’s not even the weirdest thing someone’s tried to mail through her. “Someone dropped off wedding invitations last year that were already stamped,” she said. “They wanted it to say Coachella on it.”
Let’s be honest, I don’t think the IRS would be all that impressed with tax return that has a Coachella stamp on it.
People at Coachella are unable to mail their taxes today. They should have booked The Postal Service.
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) April 18, 2016
Main image courtesy Ken Teegardin via Flickr