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Subject: More Misdirected Mail?
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:05 PM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2007
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I'm probably just having a run of bad luck, but I was wondering if anyone else had noticed a lot of misdirected mail. I've had three books in the last month (out of a total of 7 or 8) that went on convoluted trips on their way to their final destination. (I use PBS postage so I can see where the books were scanned.) I had one book that was headed from my home in PA to a nearby town, also in PA. It was scanned in Jacksonville, Florida before finally arriving at its destination, nearly 3 weeks after I mailed it. I had another book that went from PA to NJ by way of Los Angeles, California. That one was finally delivered after being declared lost. Then, just today, I had a book going to NY from PA. It was just scanned in Miami FL. This seems like an awful lot of books being sent to the wrong place. It may just be a run of bad luck for me, but still, it seems weird. Karen
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Date Posted: 10/9/2008 11:04 PM ET
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I've had a lot of wacky things going on with USPS in the last month--not PBS, but personal.  Everything has DC and I am amazed at how misrouted things have been.  I have not 1, but 2 lost in Atlanta in a processing center.  They sent me the DC labels and papers to fill out asking what was in the packages.  I've been using poly bags for over a year and never had books lost out of them.  Since that notice every batch of books goes out with an extra layer of packing tape.  Frustrating!

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 9:37 AM ET
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I live in Maryland. I mailed a book to CT.  I was wondering what was taking it so long.  The book I mailed to MA on the same day arrived within 2 days. The CT one took the scenic route through Illinois.  I had another going way down into TX before going up into Arkansas. 

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 6:17 PM ET
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TG -- Maybe you can find your packages being auctioned off in Atlanta's USPS Auction !!!

 

 

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 8:12 PM ET
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I had a book recently that sat in Springfield, MA (the regional processing center, about 90 miles from me) for nearly two weeks.  The sender had used delivery confirmation, and we watched it sit there...and sit there...and sit there.  I could have walked there, picked it up myself, and walked home in less time. 

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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 12:33 AM ET
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ANGE!  That's the exact address where my packages went lost!  I did a recheck--1 PBS book, 4 Bookmooch books, and 2 packages to friends--non-book.    4 of the packages were First Class.  All were mailed on the same day.  Only 1--going the opposite direction--to Cali.-made it.  And yes, this was the week of Hurricane Ike.  I figured I was too far north in TX for it to affect my outgoing mail.  Grrrr....

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 2:13 PM ET
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Karen, I'm anxiously awaiting the next scan on a box (properly/securely wrapped, with correct PBS postage - I weighed the box) containing 4 paperback books that I mailed to a member in OK from my home in FL.  Books leaving the Pensacola area, nearly ALWAYS go to a distribution point in Jacksonville, FL. 

Well, this box was scanned in Jacksonville two days after I mailed it.  Now.........the next scan was done back at my own post office in Milton, FL!!

I can think of NO reason why this box was turned around in Jacksonville and sent back to my post office.  As I said, I securely wrapped and properly addressed the package.

Curiosity is killing me!  I cannot wait to see if my carrier brings it back to me tomorrow.  I believe the carriers are off today for a holiday?

Jan

Date Posted: 10/14/2008 12:44 AM ET
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TG, I know my former neighborhood in a St Louis suburb flooded because of Hurricane Ike.  Two hundred homes there were damaged so much that they are a total loss.  I was actually quite a way from the Mississippi (maybe 10 miles) but when it flooded so did all kinds of rivers that flowed into and out of it.  And the small creeks that no one ever paid attention to flooded as well.

I don't think St Louis' PO was affected -- I was able to send a package to a friend a week or two ago with no problems.

Since it's Georgia we are talking about...  Atlanta had all those gas problems after Ike.  In the metro area people were waiting hours to fill up and were sometimes limited to 10 gallons.  Maybe USPS couldn't get the gas they needed to deliver anything that wasn't First Class, Priority or Express Mail.  I know I came across an online newspaper article saying that the carriers who drive their routes are having a hard time of it with the cost of gas and all.  Some routes that had been driving are now walking.



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