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Subject: Oregon by way of Honolulu???
Date Posted: 6/7/2010 1:13 PM ET
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I mailed a paperback book with PBS postage/DC on June 3 from FL to Eugene, OR, via first class mail.  I see in the shipping details that the book was scanned in Honolulu, HI, yesterday.  Why?  How did that happen? 

I know that books mailed here in Pensacola, FL, are directed to the distribution center in Jacksonville, FL, no matter which direction they're headed.  But surely Honolulu is not the distribution point for northwestern states like Oregon.  Answers?

Thanks, Jan

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 6:18 PM ET
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The possible explanations would be:

Zip code misread

Or

Parcel got in the wrong container by mistake

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 7:21 PM ET
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Yep, its called an unfortunate error cause Hawaii is not the routing for such.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 9:10 PM ET
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Whoo Aloha! cheeky Someone needs to scan me in the wrong bin out there.

But I, too, have had that occasional errant item make a side trip cross country.

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 4:16 AM ET
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Well, you see every so often a Postal Employee employee throws a book into a destination sack where they would love to be at right then.   LOL!  cheeky    Just kidding!!  The machine apparently either misread the barcode or when it went down the belt it got snagged by accident into the wrong sack possibly by a jam.  Isn't machinery wonderful?  I much preferred it when the clerks hand sorted packages. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 7:21 AM ET
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Maybe the postal truck went through the Gulf oil slick, and when it got to Oregon, the breaks didn't work...

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 7:57 PM ET
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Priscilla - think about that "prefer hand sorting packages" method and determine if you'd be willing to pay a much, much higher postage rate for all classes of mail to have such be handled one by one manually.  I have no idea of how high rates would be if all items were hand sorted - but it would be CONSIDERABLY more then what we is US pay today.  It's billions of pieces USPS handles yearly to millions and millions of daily delivery points.  And people sorting still make mistakes - and how many people does it take that are all making decent incomes and overtime.  Called progress and all industries move toward more automated forms of handling the workload - else we'd be pricing all sorts of various services and items out being able to be affordable in some fashion.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 12:40 AM ET
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Is that all I have to do to get a free trip to Honolulu?  Media mail, here I come!  wink

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 7:50 PM ET
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Melisa-

I happened to have worked for the Post Office for well over 20 years and only recently retired.  So I was one of those hand sorting clerks as well as my hubby.  There were not as many errors and mail took about the same time as now, in fact I felt it took less time.  I sent many parcels out to the east coast and overseas and they arrived unmutilated and in very good time.

Now the Postal Service has much less first class letter mail.  But they dropped the ball on packages.  Of course UPS would not let the P.O. buy its own planes saying it was too much of a monopoly already.  Mail is sent in planes and is the last thing loaded with express, priority, first class then other classes of mail going on in that order.  Then the P.O. contracted with FEDEX and things were fine at first but FEDEX began losing business and cutting services, namely planes so back to commercial planes for mail.

There are a number of things the P.O. can do to build up business.  For one, I would charge more for those obnoxious junk mail adverts.  And they can certainly afford to eliminate a number of managerial jobs in upper mgt.  There are 39 V.P.s in the P.O. and America has one.  Many of them have never worked as a clerk or carrier and have no clue what the job entails. 

The biggest reason the Postal Service is in financial problem is that Congress MADE them prepay their retirement funds.  No other entity has had to do that.  If not for that our rates would be lower.  Speaking of which, Senators and Congressmen do not have to pay postage to send their mail out in regard to their job.  It is called FRANK mail and is free for them.  The only others to get free mail is for the blind and those in combat.  Makes one wonder.

Sorry but I have seen what machinery does to mail and not just those ill prepared for handling.  One jam tears up numerous letters and parcels.  I also worked at taping them back together.  Sorry but I for one do not feel that machines are worth it in every instance.  Perhaps you may feel the same when your job is eliminated by machinery.  And mine was not by the way.  We still hand sort irregular parcels and have to tape up even more mail and parcels.

Date Posted: 6/11/2010 4:53 PM ET
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Well, this lucky book spent 22 hours in Honolulu, Hawaii, where it was scanned twice.  But finally it made its way to its destination in Oregon.

Jan



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Date Posted: 6/11/2010 9:28 PM ET
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Lucky book.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 3:49 PM ET
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I mailed a book from Nebraska to an address in Florida and it made a long pitstop in California.  It went to the Bell processing center, and after hearing the horror stories of books that go there and never come out, I was happy it eventually reached its destination.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 7:07 PM ET
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Bell CA - is that a black hole and why I'm still waiting for 4 books from CA that were mailed 6/2/10??   I'll just have to be patient.  Dallas seems to move them out pretty quickly.

Date Posted: 6/15/2010 8:53 PM ET
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i havent any problems with my books "visiting" bell (well at none of them have jumped ship there!)smiley

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 2:04 AM ET
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Ah yes, our infamous Bell. My media mail goes all the way down there (I'm in NoCal) only to come back up here to go to Oregon or Wash or back east.  Goofy. But never an unexplained trip to Hi. Lucky book!