Why'd you do that? Coachella is a music festival, not an H&R Block.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, at least 10 people confused the three-day California party for a place to mail important tax documents to the government. At least that's what Megan Hampton, the go-between for the festival and the local post office is saying. For the last two years, Hampton has been the intermediary operating a small cabin, a former exhibit using life-sized Lincoln Logs, on the festival grounds meant for smaller things to get sent out:
It's where you go to mail merchandise back home, to taunt a friend with a Coachella-branded postcard or to send Grandma a drunken letter. And yeah, campers actually do that.
The cabin brings in revenue by charging a couple bucks to send out a postcard and flat-rate boxes. A couple even managed to send out their wedding invitations because they wanted the postmark to read Coachella. Hampton put her foot down when the tax preparers came though.
"No, I can't 'just take it'," Hampton said. "How do they have their taxes here? I don't know."
Hampton told the Mercury News that she does not check the mail and only stopped the tax returns because would-be customers willingly told her what they were sending. Taciturn tax-filers may well have succeeded.
Coachella Week 2: Electric Boogaloo starts this weekend with the same lineup as last week.
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