Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

(That’s supposed to be read in that slow, creepy tone like, “Do you know where your kids are?” If you didn’t do it correctly the first time, please go back and read it over again.)

Many of you have already heard me whine about my mail drama, but if you haven’t yet then I feel like I should share some of the things that have recently happened to me as a sort of cautionary tale. Mail places suck during the holiday season, so be wary!

  • My parents got me an awesome new TV with Internet apps for my birthday/Hanukkah. FedEx delivered it to the wrong house, marked it as delivered, and then couldn’t find it. Thankfully, the very nice person to whom it was delivered brought it to me. The box was just a standard TV box, so it was very clear what was inside. They could have said thanks for the nice new TV, I’d been wanting one of those for Christmas, and there’s probably nothing I could have done about it. I got lucky.
  • USPS decided to hold my mail (and my housemates’ mail) for over a week. There was apparently a note on it that said it was to be held until a change of address, but there was no formal documentation. The person at the post office said that somebody must have told the mail person to do it, but none of us ever see the mail person, and none of us had any reason to tell him to hold our mail. Even if we had, I’m pretty sure they are supposed to get an official change of address form in writing before they can legally hold the mail. We finally got everything that was being kept at the post office, and hopefully this issue is resolved. When the mail person returns from vacation, perhaps we will find out what happened.
  • Today, I got a notice that a package delivery was attempted and I’ll have to request a re-attempt. I was home all day. Nobody ever attempted to deliver anything. The contents of the package should not have required me to be home, anyway. My guess is that the person was just too lazy to haul the package up my really long driveway.

With all that said, my guess is that none of this is particularly uncommon during the holidays. If you are like me and do a lot of your gift shopping online, I suggest that you be very careful about tracking your packages!


3 Responses to "Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?"

  • I can so relate. The town I live in is like living in the middle of nowhere, so packages take twice as long to get here. The person delivering my packages is always someone different, so things can get pretty unpredictable. The buzzers to my apartment building don’t work, so they can never bring it to my door. Sometimes this means the package goes back to the city 3 hours away that I can’t drive to, sometimes it gets randomly dropped off at the hardware store downtown for no apparent reason, and if the sender managed to include my P.O. Box on the address, the Post Office gets the package, which they resent for unknown reasons. What fun.

    1 Rachel (JacobsBeloved) said this (November 28, 2010 at 6:34 PM)

  • I’m going through the same thing! I just moved to a new apartment in a new state. I’ve been waiting for a package from one blogger for awhile, a new book from a publisher, a prize from a publisher etc. It’s maddening. And I have a feeling some of the mail was delivered to the sketchy building next door and they kept my books.

    2 Bri Meets Books said this (November 28, 2010 at 7:06 PM)

  • Rachel, that sounds even crazier. I’m pretty rural, but the post office the stuff goes back to isn’t THAT far away.

    Bri, hope you find your books! Did any of them have tracking?

    3 Melanie said this (November 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM)