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Subject: DC: No Such Number
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 3:35 PM ET
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Hey, all.. The latest DC entry for a book I've sent is this:

2/3/2009 6:47 AM ET - No Such Number - LAKE ZURICH, IL

Does anybody know what "No Such Number" might actually mean? I was thinking perhaps the address got damaged somehow, making it unreadable, but the DC barcode is obviously still intact. And I've sent books to this member before, so the address as it exists in PBS is valid.

Is there any way to tell the PO where the book is supposed to go? (I'd love to see a picture of the packaging after this book finally gets to a destination; I'm sure it's pretty mangled by now -- it's been in transit for very nearly a month.)

Last Edited on: 2/3/09 6:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 3:42 PM ET
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Okay, this has me scratching my head.  I assume the DC was scanned at least once before this, so there's a chain of entries for it.  But I can't for the life of me figure out how a "No Such Number" tag would work.  If there's no such number, how do they know what DC to put that tag on?  Heck, how can there even be a DC to put the tag on?  It's not as if in tracking a DC you have the ability to contact a specific PO and ask about that DC, where they could say, "No Such Number here!"

 

Logically, it simply doesn't make any sense to me.

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 7:13 PM ET
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Well, it seems the book has been received. I'm guessing that "No Such Number" was a mistaken button press by the mailman when he dropped off the book. I'm still waiting for a PM from the receiver to let me know just how badly the book has been mangled...
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 7:23 PM ET
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Every time I saw this today my mind kept going back to an old George Carlin routine where, "Scientists today discovered a new number!  The number is 'bleen', which they claim goes between 6 and 7"

Guess no one told the PO about it.  :D

 

Connie C. (Cade) - ,
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 7:47 PM ET
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Actually, the 'No Such Number' has nothing to do with the DC number. It is means the address is "No Such Number" like say, 123 First St and there is no 123 First St.

Now, what I find is that sometimes a sub carrier gets confused and thinks there is no such number when the address is good and then the regular delivers it because it is good, Sometimes the address is bad but then a carrier might know the name and will deliver it to the correct address. There is no telling what happened here if the address was indeed correct.



Last Edited on: 2/3/09 7:48 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 8:55 AM ET
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And the final word from the receiver was that the packaging was absolutely pristine.

The postal dude must just have pressed the wrong button on his scanner device.

Last Edited on: 2/4/09 2:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 1:56 PM ET
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Thanks for that clarification Connie.  This one had my brain in knots trying to figure it out.  I kept associating the message with the DC and that made no sense.  I never stopped to "think outside the (postal?) box" and associate it with the address.  :)

 

ETC: spelling errors

 



Last Edited on: 2/4/09 4:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 1:13 PM ET
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I know everytime we have a sub carrier all our mail is mixed up.  The numbers are all clearly onthe mail boxes.  Also we all have long narrow driveways and every house has a wooden plack with the house # in big digits at the head of the driveway.  And yet I still find my neighbors packages on my front porch and in my mail box.

So it was probably a case of carrier confusion that was corrected.

I had a book enroute to me recently go lost and it says it was delivered 1/8.  I don't know where they delivered the book but it wasn't to this house.

Date Posted: 2/5/2009 1:53 PM ET
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Bleen!! LOL, I miss George.