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Geri (geejay) -
Subject: Silly mail person
Date Posted: 8/25/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I had a book that I was mailing to someone who doesn't  (gasp) belong to PBS.  So, I stuck it in an envelope, printed the address, put enough stamps to cover first class postage and put it in my mailbox.  We're talking a maximum of 7 ozs here. 

When I went to get my mail the book was in the box with a sticker saying that I had to tak eanything over 13 oz to the PO.  I thought maybe the person didn't take it because of the stamps.

This morning, special trip to my favorite PO clerk at the sub station.  I showed him the label and the package.  He asked what was in it I told him a book.  He got a disgusted look on his face and said well why didn't they take it?  Why did you have to make a special trip for this little package?

I sure would like to know - was it the stamps?  What do you think?


Date Posted: 8/25/2009 5:01 PM ET
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Maybe because your mailman is a doofus? Stamps should be fine for anything up to 13 oz, I used to mail them that way all the time. Maybe they have no sense of what 13 oz feels like or a scale??


Date Posted: 8/25/2009 6:52 PM ET
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Geri, I had this problem for several weeks after the 13-ounce rule went into effect--I got some under 13-ounce (way under) books back with that sticker, plus I got a couple back that had stamps, but that I had brought to the post office and handed in over the counter!  I had to go back several times and complain before they started getting it right.  And the annoying thing is that out of about 5 trips, only one person apologized to me.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 4:11 PM ET
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I think I had the problem because my regular gal is on vacation and the doofus replacing her can't tell that he has something weighing less than 13 oz in his hand.  My regular person can heft a package and tell that it's less than 13 oz.  I watched her do it!  She's good!

At least the guy at the PO was disgusted with them too, I didn't have a hard time like Diane..

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 10:28 PM ET
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Try writing the weight on the package next time.  Maybe then they'll actually take it.  Or drop it in a blue box.

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 5:20 AM ET
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As I have responded to other posts, I have often put books weighing over 13 oz. in my mail box.  They have always taken them.  If it fits in my mailbox, it goes it and they take it.

Also, after a friendly chat with one of my mailpeople (this one was a woman and we have different ones), I told her how some people post here that their mailmen will not pick up packages and say that they only have to deliver them.  She said that this was BS.  Now maybe she doesn't really know the rules, but that is what she said.  Also, we had a chat about pbs and she was very interested.

Date Posted: 8/31/2009 9:34 PM ET
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I actually forgot about the 13oz rule and put it in a blue box- sweating that it would be held up - it got there sooner than the first class book.