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Unhappy with the post office

I am unhappy with the United States Post Office. Yesterday, I received the front cover of a magazine in my mail. Yes, just the front cover -- it had my address label on it. Obviously, some mishandling had separated the front cover from the rest of the magazine and they were unable to reunite the two. There was a stamp on the cover explaining that the article of mail was received as damaged by one of the post offices between me and the magazine publisher. I guess that's the way that the Post Office pushes the blame around. Fortunately for me, it's a magazine that I don't read too often anymore, so I'm not terribly disturbed, but still.

About six weeks ago, I received a mangled piece of mail that was placed in a plastic sleeve with a note that said something to the effect of "We're sorry we mangled your mail, but here it is anyway. -The Post Office" I didn't care too much then, either, 'cause it was junk bulk-rate mail. Still, in the past couple of months, I've received two pieces of mail that the Post Office mangled. What's going to happen when they mangle something I care about?

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jjostm
Jun. 26th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
I'm still waiting for an Anglican Breviary that I ordered about a month ago. It was supposed to be mailed U.S. Mail. And I certainly hope it isn't someplace in Topeka, Kansas right now. I really would like to have it sometime this side of the Kingdom.

-j
carrie
Jun. 26th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)
I received one issue of a particular magazine mangled, and the following one came as just a cover - all the pages were gone. Both times I contacted the publisher for replacements, and now they send my magazines in manila envelopes. ;)
drmellow
Jun. 26th, 2003 10:31 am (UTC)
That's a good idea, I may do that. I already receive several magazines in a plastic cover since they often include a CD-ROM. I've never had a problem with them.
yesthatjill
Jun. 26th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC)
Two years ago, my parents received a card they'd sent to one of our cousins on her graduation. The card had been sent the previous year... and one of the employees of the USPS had been stealing cards from the mail hoping to get the cash and gift cards. So when the police arrested this man, the Post Office sent all the cards he'd stolen back to the people who'd originally sent them.

Makes you feel safe, don't it?
drmellow
Jun. 26th, 2003 10:30 am (UTC)
I know someone who works for the USPS. I've heard all sorts of stories. It's to the point that every day that I actually receive mail, I'm pleasantly surprised.
stevenredux
Jun. 27th, 2003 04:11 am (UTC)
What freaks me about this story is that the guy held on to all the cards. Stealing is wrong, sure, but what he did is just kinda creepy.
sidelobe
Jun. 30th, 2003 04:58 am (UTC)
That the mangled mail has so far all been stuff you don't care a whole lot about is a comment on the ratio between interesting and uninteresting mail. I wonder if thre's a way to get junk e-mail mangled? This could be a service.
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