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Subject: What do I do in this situation?
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 3:49 AM ET
Member Since: 3/14/2009
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I accepted a request for a book which I planned to mail on Saturday. We had terrible weather and lost power and ended up having to go to a hotel. The mail by date was Sunday. I sent the requester a PM from the public computer at the hotel asking if a delay was ok. I never heard back from her if she was ok with late mailing or not. I probably can't mail it til Tuesday at this point and I have to mark it mailed by Monday (today). If I don't hear back from the requester today, and I can't mail til Tuesday because of this situation, am I required to cancel (and lose my place in line), or can I mark it mailed a day early?

Date Posted: 3/15/2010 4:22 AM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2007
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Per PBS, you have two days after marking it mailed to actually mail the book. If I'm understanding correctly what you're saying, you are just barely within the two days so everything should be fine. 

ETA: I realize everyone is different but if this was me and I missed your PM and there was such a short delay I'd definitely still want the book. Even if there was a longer delay, I'd want the book but then I'm not hung up on delayed mailings.  

Last Edited on: 3/15/10 4:25 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 4:58 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Computer access problems is one of the few legit reasons PBS allows you to mark a book mailed before you actually do so.  If you are delayed and mail more than two days late, IIRC it is suggested that the sender notifiy the requester of the delay.  But I don't think you actually have to ask permission (if the book is still wanted ) unless you are mailing several weeks late. 

Commented from memory, so if I'm mistaken please feel free to correct me.

ETA - so yes, mark the book mailed, pm requester that you are having weather difficulties and the book is going out early this week, and send the book soon as possible.

Last Edited on: 3/15/10 4:59 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/15/2010 11:11 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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You have 48 hours after you have marked it mailed to actually mail the book.

PBS has listed several reasons why it is explicitely OK to do so, and they have clarified the rules (with PMs to members that have asked) to state that those are not the only reasons, they are just examples of reasons why it is OK to do so, when the situation warrants.