“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Odyssey of a Priority Mail 2 day delivery guaranteed package.

Bear in mind the straight line distance from Cincinnati to my house in Georgia is 300 miles.

April 16, 2014
Depart USPS Sort Facility
NORTH HOUSTON, TX 77315 
April 16, 2014 , 2:16 am
Processed through USPS Sort Facility
NORTH HOUSTON, TX 77315 
April 13, 2014
Depart USPS Sort Facility
LOUISVILLE, KY 40231 
April 12, 2014 , 4:21 pm
Processed through USPS Sort Facility
LOUISVILLE, KY 40231 
April 12, 2014 , 4:58 am
Processed through USPS Sort Facility
LEXINGTON, KY 40511 
April 11, 2014 , 8:21 am
Processed through USPS Sort Facility
FRANKFORT, KY 40601 
April 11, 2014 , 7:33 am
Out for Delivery
FRANKFORT, KY 40601 
April 11, 2014 , 7:23 am
Sorting Complete
FRANKFORT, KY 40601 
April 11, 2014 , 5:17 am
Arrival at Post Office
FRANKFORT, KY 40601 
April 10, 2014
Depart USPS Sort Facility
April 10, 2014 , 2:49 am
Processed at USPS Origin Sort Facility

April 9, 2014 , 7:09 pm
Dispatched to Sort Facility

April 9, 2014 , 2:00 pm
Acceptance
CINCINNATI, OH 45242 

31 comments:

  1. You could have driven to Cincinnati, picked up your package and been home again in less time. That is insane. But then, it takes a government agency to really screw things up.

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    1. and people wonder why the USPS loses ONE BILLION EVERY QUARTER. LOL

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    2. I only use the P.O. for non essential items now. Anything important goes to FEDEX or UPS.

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  2. Nor do they care one whit. I went to the post office in town to ask about this and they just shrugged and told me it wasn't their problem.

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    1. and they wonder why they are going broke..............

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    2. That's ok. Congress will just give them more tax payer money so they can keep doing nothing and getting a pay check.

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  3. Oh yea, been there, done that. It takes a first class letter a week to go from our place to Auburn CA.....probably 500 miles right down the highway. I could ride my bicycle there in that time. Now I just email it.

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    1. I used to live in Newcastle, and spent a lot of time in Auburn, at the Placer County park and rec center.

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  4. I'd say that's a package that has been around the block a few times.

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    1. Yeah, and for no apparent reason. It got to my home town today and the woman who runs the post office said they were not going to deliver it, that she wanted to try to find out what had happened to it. I said fine, since it was no use to me after last friday anyway.

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  5. Last I checked Priority Mail doesnt actually *guarantee* the delivery time. They say that its usually 2-3 days but they do not guarantee it unnless you ship using one of their other services.

    I had a package from UPS once that made a cricle around the Pacific NW...MT-ID-WA-UT and back to MT for three complete cycles.

    I ship stuff for a living and Priority Mail is usually pretty decent. A buttload cheaper than UPS, esp. with their Flat Rate 70# boxes.

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    1. It's "guaranteed 2 day delivery or your money back." Sounds good but means nothing. I needed the package, not the few dollars it cost to send it. However, the woman who runs the post office told me on the phone that I can recoup my wire charges because it comes with $50.00 insurance. That doesn't compensate me for the aggravation but it does alleviate the infuriation factor to some extent. Incidentally, the lady on the phone told me she "did not think that 2 day delivery was guaranteed and she didn't think they should be telling people that in New York." What the hell, don't they know their own programs?

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  6. This kinda thing happens all the time. Someone accidentally put it (possibly an entire cart of stuff) with the wrong load. It gets loaded on a truck and shipped to where ever, and there's no way of stopping it, till it finally arrives at the next sorting facility. They closed a lot of the sorting facilities, so now they have to handle more mail at each one (of course going to result in more mistakes) and the mail has to travel further to get sorted.
    My Brother recently bought something on e-bay. He watched in on the USPS tracking for probably about 2 weeks. I think it was shipped from somewhere around Vermont. Somehow it got put in a load to S.C. or N.C. can't remember. but it sure took along time before he finally got it over here on the west coast.

    O yah, Just a little tidbit. My Dad is constantly making sure that anything I ship I put clear tape over the address. Because he says that they have TONS of packages that the address gets rubbed off of them. People tape them up and write over the clear tape and it rubs off. Even if its permanent marker it can still rub off.

    Kimberly

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    1. That's good advice, Kimberly. I'll try the tape thing.

      It's not uncommon to see news stories where huge piles of mail have been found in the ditches, under bridges, etc. The postal delivery people get mad, get behind, and just throw the stuff in the weeds.

      I'm sure that more often it's something like you mentioned, where a mistake is made.

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    1. I don't think they should just continue giving the post office more and more money. If they had to operate like a regular business, get the job done or lose your job, then there wouldn't be as much of this kind of thing, nor would be have to put up with surly clerks, or long lines waiting while the clerks go "on break." But that will never happen, it's easier for Congress to just ignore the inefficiency and continue to subsidize them.

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    2. Hey Marine. First off, Semper Fi. I'm a postal employee in the maintenance department. For the thousands of pieces of mail that we sort every day we get a few that end up in what is called loop mail. Where sort the mail, send it to it's destination, and for whatever reason their machine sends it back to us. Most of the time it's because the computer can't read the bad hand writing... As far as the post office not getting anymore federal funding, well, we get zero federal funding. Semper Fi.

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    3. Here's a quote from John Stossel, of Fox News. It says better than I did what I was trying to get across about the P.O.

      "The Postal Service is not government subsidized. The last time the Postal Service received taxpayer money for its operation was 1982."

      Well, that’s true but mostly not true. Not paying parking tickets and monopoly powers are certainly a form of subsidy. In addition, The Post Office doesn't have to pay state or local taxes, and it gets to borrow billions from the government at reduced rates ($10.2 billion, by the end of this year, according to the GAO.) Last year, the FTC found that the Post Office received implicit subsidies of $34 to $117 million.

      I think the Post Office ought to be a stand alone business. If they can make it commercially, that would be good. But they run huge deficits which the federal government then makes good, as indicated in the quote above.

      I'm not throwing off on post employees per se. There are some good ones, and some bad ones, as any business has. In my particular county the attitude at the post office is not very good, mainly because the post mistress just doesn't care. The fiasco with my tax payment check was pretty egregious, and when she looked into it she said oh well, there was no reason my check should have been sent out west and then to the other places it sent, but that's the way it goes.....

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  8. Oh my goodness!!! All for one package. It's no wonder that the post office is broke. Gee whiz!

    *You asked about my post, if it was art, or not? Art isn't easy to define. It has a different definition from different people. I guess it's up to you to decide for yourself. My boys sure did enjoy it. It's art to them.

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    1. yes, they wasted all that time and money sending it all over the place, and I needed it to pay my taxes. I wound up having to spend money to wire replacement funds.

      Probably art is "in the eye of the beholder." I think old rifles are works of art.

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  9. That's a well traveled package LOL.

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    1. It got a free tour of the country, that's for sure.

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  10. A while back I sent a priority package to Oregon from Arizona with a gift for my daughter. It was lost, finally after 30 days they found it and delivered it. Hard to imagine and they didn't offer a refund of the price difference from standard delivery to priority like I paid for.

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    1. Even if they had given you a refund it would only have been in stamps, as far as I can tell from trying to run down the policy on the 2 day priority mail "guarantee" on line. They have a monopoly so they can pretty much do what they want. I'm going UPS from now on.

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  11. Harry - re-read PP's comment - it;s pretty funny - bahahaha! all of our mail to the island takes forever. normally canada post is pretty good across the country but if you live in the backwoods anywhere in canada, it can take a pretty long time to receive anything. our mail is flown from the mainland once a week. so, it could have travelled 6,000 miles from BC, stopped in at Ottawa, then straight to Halifax in only 2 days but if it arrives on a thursday - woops - it missed the mail plane day. so you're waiting at least a week! and that's only if you pay priority post. anything that isn't priority post can take months!

    sorry you're package took so long to get there!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Your mail is even worse than ours but at least you have a reason, your remote location. Our reason is just that our post office is staffed by drones, ( a lot of them, anyway) and subsidized for failure.

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  12. I had a good 'package' joke, but then I decided to let it go.
    The only problem I have with packages is they get left on the side of the road since the gates are locked. Luckily I can have everything shipped to work, but I don't like my ammo to arrive there.

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    1. I get most of my stuff by UPS. They put it in a big plastic bag and tie it to the gate if I am not home when they call. It works out ok, nobody comes around here much anyway.

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  13. I've got you beat I think? I sent a 1st Class Int'l box to a customer in Austraila. THE COUNTRY. It spent 10 days bouncing around the US before leaving the border into CANADA, where it spent another week, until it was determined not to meet "customs requirements? Why? Maybe because the box was addressed to someone in AUS? Who knows. Supposedly it is on it's way back to me, but not sure by it's current location and travels. I'm in San Francisco. Read from the bottom...You would think someone, somewhere along the way would notice that the label had an AUS address on it...but apparently no one reads, it just gets scanned and moved along. . It now has been almost a month since I sent it.

    Departed 2015-03-13 Chicago, UNITED STATES
    Arrived 2015-03-13 Chicago, UNITED STATES
    Processed Sort Facility 2015-03-13 ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS),
    Departed USPS Facility 2015-03-13 CHICAGO,
    Arrived at Sort Facility 2015-03-13 ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS),
    Arrived at USPS Facility 2015-03-12 CHICAGO,
    Customs clearance complete 2015-03-09 CANADA
    Does not meet customs requirements - Return to Sender 2015-03-09 CANADA
    Customs Clearance 2015-03-04 CANADA
    Processed Sort Facility 2015-03-04 CANADA
    Departed 2015-03-02 Toronto, CANADA
    Departed 2015-03-02 Toronto, CANADA
    Departed 2015-02-28 Louisville, UNITED STATES
    Departed 2015-02-28 Louisville, UNITED STATES
    Departed 2015-02-27 Las Vegas, UNITED STATES
    Arrived 2015-02-19 Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
    Processed Sort Facility 2015-02-19 ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS),
    Arrived at USPS Facility 2015-02-19 LOS ANGELES,
    Arrived at Sort Facility 2015-02-19 ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS),
    Departed USPS Facility 2015-02-18 SAN FRANCISCO,
    Arrived Origin Facility 2015-02-17 SAN FRANCISCO,
    Accepted Sort Facility 2015-02-17 SAN FRANCISCO,
    Shipping Label Created 2015-02-15 SAN FRANCISCO,

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    1. Yours is getting a worse run around. Mine was only supposed to go 300 miles. I'm sure you are right, no human being ever checks the labels.

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  14. I am having problems with priority mail too. I sent an envelope 2 day priority to Georgetown KY. It was suppose to be there on the 4/21. It left Louisville KY at 3 am and they are less than 2 hours apart yet for some reason it is now 2/24 and the tracking says "in route to destination". Why did I pay extra money for something I could have put a regular stamp on had I known how long this would take. I call USPS and they have no idea what happened to it between the two cities.

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