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Subject: Mail deliveries
Date Posted: 7/16/2009 8:43 PM ET
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Can postmen refuse to scan books and not deliver them on a particular day? My regular postman is great and says that delivering so many books to my house is fine and helps him keep his job. Well, he's on a three week vacation now (actually two more to go). His sub was also great during the week and stood outside her truck and scanned the books. No complaints, said she likes to get outside the truck once in a while.

Here's the problem Today we had a sub for the sub. I only received one book and should have received other books, besides. The one book that she left did not have to be scanned. She was an  hour early and I missed her. I had three books to send out. I met her on the other side of the street. She said nothing to me but gave me  a "look" like how dare I disrupt her.

I am wondering what will happen to those books that she didn't deliver to me? I'm hoping the first sub comes back tomorrow. If this continues, how do I report this sub?



Last Edited on: 7/16/09 8:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:00 PM ET
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I'm going to have to bump this up. Sorry, I pushed the button by mistake and it went on without any post.

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:12 PM ET
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Hi - I would post in the USPS thread - probably get better guidance.  Personally, I would call my post office find out who is responsible for the carrier (may be a different postal branch) and speak with a manager and file a grievence. 

Did you see the books in the truck?  How did you know you were suppose to receive other books? I am a bit confused on the  statement.  If they were in her truck she should have handed them to you, so I am kinda of confused. 

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:14 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 10/22/09 12:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:39 PM ET
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"I only received one book and should have received other books, besides."

Yes, this statement is quite confusing, unless you actually visualized the books in the postal vehicle how are you so sure that the postal person had more of your books than the one that was delivered.  Remember the DC tracking is not a sure thing...

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:41 PM ET
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I posted my post on this forum because the postal forum isn't very busy with people today. There has only been one post since 10.30 a.m.

I know that I should have received books today because of my "Enroute to Me' list of books. Besides a significant amount of books on the list, I can tell that the books are in the post office as they were scanned there earlier (this info is on the detail page).

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 10:26 PM ET
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Just because they were scanned at your post office doesn't mean they were given to your postal carrier to deliver.  They could still be in a bin at your PO waiting to be sorted by mail route-especially if they are media mail which is given low priority  I had one scanned at my PO on Friday and they didn't put it my mail box until Mon.  It shows one as scanned at my PO today and there were 2 other books in my mail box but not that one.  So your mail carrier may not have had the books. 

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 10:38 PM ET
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Okay, I guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow. Hopefully, these books I am going to receive will be on the truck. Enough said.

Thanks.

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 11:35 PM ET
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Connie - I was freaking out a couple of days ago because (shoe on other foot) I  sent 3 books - to the same state but different addresses and and a 1 few states south of me.  Well books that I sent and requested arrived at their destinations - but those 3 books still weren't delivered.  I posted here to see if I should PM the members and there was an overwhelming NO don't send anything until they go lost - I took their advise. Well today one was marked received.  It took 17 days which is the longest I have had a book in transit (rec or send) except for the 1 that came from HI.  I learned patience today- which I am not very good.

The only reason I suggested the USPS thread because I discovered through other threads that some of the members work for the postal service and can give better guidance.  I know when I had problems with a mail carrier throwing mail inside my door onto the kitchen floor I just called the local post office and then they gave me a number for a Boston facility.  I had a devil of a time contacting someone and they start really early and end their day early.   So they are closed around 2-3pm in the afternoon. Anyway - I hope your books arrive soon.  -Jubead

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 1:05 PM ET
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I've had books that are only going 60 miles or so take longer to get to their destination than ones I've sent cross-country.  As others have said just because the 'truck' says the book is near, it isn't necessarily so.  I had one sent to my DGD which was DCd and I watched it go from NY to her home in Colorado.  It got within 45 miles of her, stayed there for 3 days (it was a weekend - LOL) and then on Monday it was back in NY and I tracked it again cross country to her.  It did get there, and had been posted as indicated, so the little truck was just having fun.  LOL.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 1:19 PM ET
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The reason media mail is so cheap & sometimes slow is because it's always last to be loaded on the truck. If there's simply not room (or even time I guess) it waits in the PO until there is. So yeah, I guess they can refuse to deliver them on certain days for whatever reason they feel necessary.

As for the scanning. It seems just to be a hit & miss with what PO scans them & which person you get. At my local PO they always scan it right away, but at the PO that's in the next town over, only sometimes will they scan them. I don't know if they have official rules or routine with scanning delivered packages. I can't find a pattern, so I'm just assuming it depends on the postal employee handling the package.

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 1:49 PM ET
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More chance they did not get sorted into your mail bin today because there was a sub of a sub.  They tend to move slower and the people at the PO will tend to give them a light load so they arent out until the weeeeee hours.  I have noticed that with out postal carriers, if its a subs sub they only deliever a light amount but the next day its 1/3 more then normal.  I notice these things because my desk is right next to the mail drop off at my work :)

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 3:52 PM ET
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Xengab, I think you're right. Today, the regular sub came back.Yay! She handed me a load of books.I knew I should have gotten more yesterday. But, the PO probably lightened the sub of the sub's load. lol

Anyway, I am glad she's back and I have all these books to mark received. It's like Christmas in July!

Date Posted: 7/25/2009 3:33 AM ET
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I'm moving this to the postal forum. Thanks everyone.

 



Last Edited on: 7/25/09 11:04 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/25/2009 1:01 PM ET
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I had a book scanned an hour from me on Monday and I still dont have it yet.  You jsut never know.  It's about to go lost too so I was really hoping it would be in the mail box. It's an out of print book so I really want it!