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Delivery Rant

I have SUCH a wonderful time getting things delivered to my house.

Bad service from UPS and FedEx is a given, I'm not ranting about that anymore. Nope, US mail service. From the local post office.

At any one given day of the week, I can expect the mail to be delivered by 1 of 4 possible people. 1 of them is the absolute laziest, and will most often leave package pickup slips in the mailbox, or balance/lean the packages on top of or next to the mailbox. Two of the guys, they actually try to deliver stuff to the door (drive down the access road and honk); one in particular, after watching my mom slip and fall on her posterior in the mud, actually will honk to let us know he's there, and WALK from the vehicle to the door.

But the post office in general is lousy when it comes to delivering things before a specified, printed "delivery by" date on the flyers. I've stopped counting the number of times I have received a sales flyer, ranging from a week after the last sale date to a month (YES!) after the sales date. And I know from talking to friends who live in either the same zip code, same county, or same state, that it's our post office.


I'm actually pleasantly surprised if I receive the sales notice/flyer the week before the sales starts, or even during the sales time period, or best of all, before/during the "deliver by" dates.

But the total capper: magazines that are torn, stained, missing mailing labels or wrappers.

What does this indicate? That they took my magazine out of the mail, held on to it, and read it, then delivered it later on.

Hey, you want your own copy? Go to the Library, the bookstore, the grocery store, go online, visit the newsstand.

Please. I don't want your sandwich all over the pages, smearing the pictures of sweaters I might have thought were pretty without mayonnaise over the stitch details. Nor do I want to read articles with coffee/soda stains on them.

And how can I tell if my mailing information was listed correctly (name, numbers of issues, subscription number) if you peeled off the mailing label? How can I be sure you really gave me my copy and not Mrs Whatshername down the street?

Mangled, torn pages might be explained by the crazy machines they use to automatically process the mail. But NOT if it has food crumbs caught in the edges of the tears.

Best capper of it all: when I KNOW my information was mailed to me, in plenty of time, for my 20 year high school reunion last fall, and it. never. arrived. Never.

Rant over.


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