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Subject: Undeliverable as addressed?
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 4:28 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Other members have mentioned seeing this on their DC records.  Checking this morning, one of my books showed scanned into my local post office and then the scan 'Undeliverable As Addressed'.   A long wishlisted book at stake here, I immediately called my PO hoping to head-off the book being returned to sender.  Postmistress informed me the situation was already corrected, and the book was out for redelivery today.  Yuppers, in my mailbox this afternoon!

Carefully checked the mailing label to see where the error had occurred...my address was perfect, same as the many PBS books I've received the last 2 years.  So does anyone know what Undeliverable As Addressed really means?  At this point, I'm thinking it's used to mean 'your package was on the wrong delivery truck, we'll try again another day.' 

Our local PO is actually very knowledgable and efficient, but this one looked kinda odd :-)

Last Edited on: 8/19/09 4:30 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 8:36 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2009
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I'm glad you were fortunate enough to get your book. I had one returned to me a couple of weeks ago because I had mistakenly written 'ST.' instead of 'PL.' in the address. The receiving PO had written in the correct 'PL' on the label, then covered it with a 'No such number' sticker and returned it to me. I PMed the requestor to tell him what had happened, then called the PO to ask what I should do. That employee said I could over-write 'PL' and it could go without new postage, as long as I didn't change the whole label. So I did that and covered the new 'PL' with more clear tape so it wouldn't rub off. When I took the package to the PO, the employee there said, no, since it was my error, I'd have to pay new postage. I told her what the person on the phone had said, and she grudgingly said, 'All right, you can try it' and put the package in the outgoing bin. It was delivered in Tulsa a few days later.

I guess the moral of this story is that some postal employees are more interested in getting things delivered than others? Or that the postal regs are open to individual interpretation? Or something.