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Subject: "Lost" Book Received After 4-1/2 Months
Date Posted: 11/25/2008 7:51 PM ET
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Today (11/25) I received a book that had been mailed July 10th. (Georgia to Texas)

It's nicely wrapped and correctly addressed. There are no tears or markings, so no clue as to the delay. I suspect it got set aside in a post office somewhere.

So don't give up on lost books, they may be slowly working their way to you...

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 7:57 PM ET
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Holy cow!! Only four months late.

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 9:01 PM ET
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BTDT!  One I sent from CA to TX took over 3 months.  (it might have been 4, I can never remember anymore, lol)   Those might be extreme times, but it does happen!

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 9:15 PM ET
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Yep, every so often the portal to the famous "Black Hole" ( which always takes one of a pair of socks every so often) actually does spit them back out into our reality!  And for some reason - the portal usually has to do with TX some way.  I can't tell you how many things my Mom in TX has sent me things and not all of them have made it through the Black Hole.  And consider that those were going first class! 

Ruth



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Subject: Delayed mail
Date Posted: 11/25/2008 10:48 PM ET
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We just had a postal carrier arrested in a town near where I live.  They found out he hadn't been delivering any of his mail, just bringing it home with him.  I believe the amount of mail they recovered in his home equaled around 3 tons!  There's one of your "black holes"!  :)

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 5:54 AM ET
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We just had a postal carrier arrested in a town near where I live.  They found out he hadn't been delivering any of his mail, just bringing it home with him.

That is just disgusting! 3 tons = a lot of years of not delivering the mail.

Just think of all the heartbreak this person caused. Letters from family members serving overseas, wedding invitations, thank you letters, I'm sorry letters, I love you letters.....all undelivered. Not to mention the people with bad credit now thanks to all the bills, invoices and checks that were never received.

They shouldn't even put him in jail. Make him deliver all 3 tons no matter how long it takes.

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 9:58 AM ET
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What a nightmare! How awful. I wouldn't make him deliver it, but wow. Getting the mail has been the highlight of my day years before I even discovered PBS (and now it's an even happier brightspot). I'm big into penpalling, so I always hope for letters, magazines, and now the occasional book package. It's so MEAN to have done this!

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 10:05 AM ET
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I can tell you if I didn't get any mail for a few days I would be down at my local PO asking what the heck happened because that is not normal.  It is hard for me to believe that no one complained that they weren't getting their mail.  not that I doubt that he wasn't delivering it and had it all in his house, but how did no one notice?

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 12:13 PM ET
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Heard there was a letter carrier who wouldn't deliver junk mail.  Don't know how true that one is though.  LOL. Yea, if I didn't get something in 2-3 days, I'd be checking with the Post Office, cause I get something every day.   Pat

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 12:42 PM ET
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I just found the article again.  I guess it was 4 tons, not 3!  I suppose some of that would include junk mail, but the article stated that "soon they will  start delivering about 3,000 pieces of first class mail that were among the piles of undelivered mail."   

The sad thing is, they found all this mail back in April, but this article wasn't written until Nov 20, right after he pleaded guilty, so why have they kept all this mail for so long?  I suppose it's "evidence".   

I imagine he was delivering at least some mail, because yeah, wouldn't you become suspicious if you didn't get any mail for a while? 

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 2:16 PM ET
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<<Heard there was a letter carrier who wouldn't deliver junk mail.  Don't know how true that one is though.>>

It sure is true; he got in trouble, but a lot of folks felt he was a hero. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-na-junk-mail22-2008nov22,0,6470915.story

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 4:38 PM ET
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Heard there was a letter carrier who wouldn't deliver junk mail.  Don't know how true that one is though.  LOL. Yea, if I didn't get something in 2-3 days, I'd be checking with the Post Office, cause I get something every day.   Pat

A friend of mine actually did some jail time for a similar offense.  He refused to deliver junk mail to the people on his routes who didn't want it.  Unfortunately, the Postal Workers can't do that.

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 5:26 PM ET
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I had a book do that walkabout thing once, too--same situation....it was perfectly wrapped, metered sticker dated just the day the sender marked it mailed...just showed up 7 1/2 months late! Times like that you really wish the book could talk and tell you where it's been!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 6:27 PM ET
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I once had a box of books that was mailed in December that didn't show up until April.

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 7:33 PM ET
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I mailed a book from TX to CA on 9/26/07 and it was received on 3/8/08.  Who knows........

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/1/2008 1:25 PM ET
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I've had three different invitations to a wedding shower, a Christmas party and a wedding not get to my door.  Only one person asked ahead of time why I hadn't responded to the invitation.  When I said I hadn't received it they hand delivered another.

These invitations were all sent within the same city as I lived in!  I never did get them.  Maybe they're buried in some mail person's backyard.

I read the article about Mailman Steve,  He wasn't delivering junk mail.  I think I'd have kissed his feet if he hadn't delivered any to my house!  

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 5:12 PM ET
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I guess though if I were the business mailing out the junk mail, and I was paying for postage, I wouldn't be too pleased it someone decided not to deliver it.