|Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.|
I mailed a book out. The book was wrapped in plastic then put in a 6X9" manilla envelope, reinforced with packing tape. Also, 3 strips of packing tape were over the printed label so the ink would not get smeared if the label got wet. The middle piece of tape was over the address portion of the label.
The book came back to me. It could not be delivered because that middle piece of packing tape was pulled off of the label, taking the top layer of paper (including the address) off. I wondered how could that piece of tape come off? The tape had been well-adhered to the package, with no tape tag sticking up that could have gotten stuck on something and ripped the piece off. There was absolutely no other damage to the package. Quite frankly, it looked as though someone had deliberately done this, but I couldn't think of a reason why someone would. I had an uneasy felling about this, as if the piece of mail had been tampered with. I kept the package a few days deciding if I should try (and pay postage again) to mail it. I decided I was being paranoid, that somehow through the normal mail sorting process, this freak damage occurred. I PM'd the recipient, explained what happened and said I would re-mail the book. I put the whole package inside another envelope, reinforced the edges and the mailing label with packing tape and re-mailed the book. I put the original package inside the new envelope so the recipient would see that I did indeed mail it the first time, and that I wasn't making an excuse for the book taking so long to arrive. The book was declared lost by PBS 6 days ago.
And, this all occurred with FIRST CLASS MAIL!