Forgive me for ranting but this is not how I wanted to spend my Wednesday.
I really do know why the US Postal Service has to keep raising stamp prices. Because they seem to be incapable of doing their job! I thought it was just my local office that delivers my mail. They actually deliver my mail, late, to my neighbors. Then I get my neighbor's mail and we just go ahead and deliver it to one another. It isn't like we live in a subdivision either. We often have to drive to do this. At one point they mis-delivered a package worth $75.00 to the wrong house and we never recovered it. They said someone probably stole it from our front porch but if you saw where we live it is extremely unlikely, especially since my hubs used to receive a few packages a day when he worked at his old job, (they were delivered by Fed Ex and UPS, BTW, not the US Postal Service) and no one bothered them and we never had a problem. They told us we had to file a police report before they could do anything. We did and they didn't. We actually reported them to the postal inspector at one point, we have never had a response back. I suppose they are still "investigating". I digress....Needless to say when I have anything to mail myself I do not go to that office.
I cheerfully took my fatbook pages to the post office I trust and sent them off priority with confirmation. Well, they never arrived. I checked online and they definitely had headed in the right direction but ended up in Florida instead of Louisiana. They made it all the way to Baton Rouge and then someone sent them to Florida? WTF!!!! I spent the day talking to recordings until I finally managed to reach a human. She took the confirmation number (which I knew by heart at this point) and said yes, her screen was showing the same thing as mine. No Really? Then she read off the address it was supposed to go too and said, "That's weird, why did it end up in Florida?" That's what I wanted to know! Now they are doing an "investigation" and will get back to me at the end of the week. I told them the deadline was past for the package to arrive at it's proper destination. She said she would make a note of it. I know it isn't her fault but sheesh, somebody is getting paid good money to be incompetent. Everyone makes mistakes occasionally and I am usually a very forgiving person but I have dealt with 17 years of crappy local service. Magazines that are shredded and arrive so late the next issue is already on the stands, everyone's mail but our own in the mailbox, and if God forbid, a package is sent through the mail, we have a mail lady who sits at the street beeping her horn rather than driving up the 200 feet to deliver it. Of course they are no longer allowed to leave a package at our address because I would rather pick it up than trust them with anything valuable. So gee, next time they complain about Fed Ex and UPS taking their business, they definitely have mine!!! After all the work and stress that went into getting them completed, I have no idea where my fat book pages are now, and the check I sent with them to cover return postage is in the package as well. Plus I never even got full photos of them because I figured I would do that when I got my fatbook. Well that ain't happening thank you USPS! On top of everything else, there were 8 other people counting on receiving those pages in their books! Arghhhh!
OK, I feel a little better. Glad I got that off my chest, Whew. Thanks for listening and if you are a postal worker, sorry, but, I'm just sayin...
Have a postage free day, P.