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Subject: Can DC Events be incorrect?
Date Posted: 3/10/2008 10:55 AM ET
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I mailed a book to New Orleans, LA...I am in Delaware.  I just checked the DC events and it says en route to SAN DIEGO, CA!  What do I do?  I was a little concerned when I had one go to Philadelphia to get to like TN or something, but thats not that much out of the way.  If the book goes all the way to San Diego it will never get there on time.

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Date Posted: 3/10/2008 11:16 AM ET
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I wouldn't worry about it unless the book is about to go lost.  Sometimes they take detours and little vacations.  There's nothing you can do until the book goes lost.

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Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 3/10/2008 12:04 PM ET
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If it was scanned "en route San Diego" that means it's already here. But don't worry, we are not that far out in the boonies. I've had books make it all the way across country in 3 days. I'm sure the USPS will figure out that they misrouted it and get it on it's proper path pretty soon.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 5:06 PM ET
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I just had this one take the "scenic route" from Indiana to get to Georgia....

Delivery Confirmation Events

  1. 2/25/2008 8:00 PM ET - Electronic Shipping Info Received - PITTSBORO, IN
  2. 2/28/2008 11:04 AM ET - Enroute - Denver, CO
  3. 3/5/2008 12:37 AM ET - Enroute - ATLANTA, GA
  4. 3/5/2008 9:24 AM ET - Enroute - ATLANTA, GA
  5. 3/6/2008 6:55 AM ET - Arrival at Unit - MAYSVILLE, GA
  6. 3/6/2008 3:33 PM ET - Delivered - MAYSVILLE, GA
Date Posted: 3/10/2008 6:57 PM ET
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Usually the black hole of DC is if you ever get a scan in Bell, CA.  If your stuff goes thru there, count on it sitting there for quite a while!

I'm in MN.  I once sent a box of books to someone on the East coast.  It went out to Bell, CA first and then back across the country and took quite a while to get there too.

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 10:04 PM ET
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Aw man!  I've got one sitting in Bell, CA right now!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 2:37 AM ET
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Where on earth is Bell, CA?? I had a book come to me (in CA) from Georgia, hit Bell, CA, stay there for days, then go to Las Vegas... why?? The little dot for Bell, CA was so close to my dot where I live they were almost touching! But they sent it to Vegas anyway.

My book did get here, but it took a while. Those Bell, CA post office employees are obviously not too motivated...


Date Posted: 3/11/2008 3:15 AM ET
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Forest Park IL is another DC black hole. Had one book stuck there for over a week getting scanned "enroute" everday but never leaving.


Date Posted: 3/11/2008 10:12 AM ET
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Yup. Atlanta, GA and Warrendale, PA are black holes as well. Apparently most of the big regional "hubs" of the USPS are media mail black holes. I've had items scanned in Warrendale for as many as 7 days in a row.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 10:24 AM ET
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Maybe the post office employees are living vicariously through their mail - they wanted to go to Vegas, so they sent the mail there.  I don't know, it's just the first thing that popped into my head :)

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 12:33 PM ET
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Bell, CA is in Los Angeles. There's a big USPS sorting / distribution center there. Most of my mail goes through there on its way in and out of San Diego, and I can't say I've ever seen it as a black hole. If I see a book on its way to me is scanned there, then I know I'll have it the next day. Maybe it's more likely to get stuck if the package wasn't supposed to be there at all.

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 2:18 PM ET
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I have one stuck in Warrendale, PA now.  It seems to me that books coming from (or going through) anywhere in GA take a while.  Could just be my imagination.  I have one that's been scanned a couple times somwhere in MO...It must be on vacation because it should never have been there.