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1) From: Michael Wascher
Your mileage with UPS & FedEx may vary. Our FedEx guy rings the bell & will
put boxes inside the porch door if there is no answer.
The recent UPS guy never rang the bell, left packages marked signature
required, and will put packages "someplace safe". "Someplace safe" meant
hidden so nobody can steal them, which also means we don't see them -- our
first clue that we have a package is the UPS web site. When the site says w=
e
have a package we start a search out front, not forgetting my truck if it
was parked in the drive, and progressing to the side of the garage. We neve=
r
had to canvas the back yard or empty lot to the other side of the house,
though I'm sure it would have progressed to that had we kept discovering hi=
s
hiding places.
The newest UPS guy is more rationale about delivery & package placement,
though he rarely rings the bell.
BTW Our regular mailman will bring packages to the door (and bring the rest
of the mail then too) and leave them inside the door if we're out. If we
have a package coming that we have concerns about (e.g. cold sensitive)
he'll watch out for it & hold it if we aren't available for delivery.
On 2/19/06, B. Scott Harroff  wrote:
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"Life is just one damned thing after another."
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2) From: Rick Copple
Michael Wascher wrote:
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How funny. Our UPS guy rings the bell (at least he has the few times 
I've been home to hear it).
My biggest problem has been with the USPS. Our current carrier doesn't 
do this, but for a time one of the carriers would leave boxes on top of 
our mail box. We have a bricked in mail box, so there is a good flat 
place on top to put things. Problem is, a box sitting on top of the mail 
box right next to the road might as well have a sign, "Free stuff for 
the taking, help yourself!" Luckily I never had any taken, received 
everything I ordered, but the risk was obvious. Now either they carrier 
learned better (maybe from someone complaining because their box was 
stolen) or I have a different one, they put them by the front door 
behind the bush next to it.
Then again, I don't know. Having a "Easter coffee" hunt sounds 
interesting. ;-)
-- 
Rick Copple
Marble Falls, TXhttp://blog.copple.us/?sectionid=5

3) From: Sandy Andina
I'll go you one further. Last Friday I needed some flyers sent to my  
hotel in Austin for Sat. morning delivery. So I called my son back  
home in Chicago, had him pack up the flyers and take them to the  
local shipping store (which is a FedEx agent) and insist on the  
fastest overnight with Saturday delivery, and hang the cost. He  
called me back as soon as he accomplished that to confirm it'd arrive  
by 11 am and gave me the tracking number--and faxed the handwritten  
airbill to the front desk. Next morning I checked the hotel gift shop  
(where FedEx deliveries are brought). 9 am, 11 am, noon, 1pm, last  
delivery 2pm. Nada. I went online, and saw that the last note was  
that the package was "delivered" to the hub in Memphis at 4 that  
morning. I called FedEx, and the clerk told me that it was rejected  
for an incorrect ZIP. I said that the ZIP for downtown Austin, TX is  
78701. "Austin?" said the clerk, "the package was addressed to  
Adkins, which is not 78701." I told her the airbill was definitely  
addressed to my hotel in Austin, and she replied, "That's not what  
the computer-generated typed airbill says. It says 'Adkins'." I told  
her that perhaps the person who typed the data has trouble reading,  
since I was reading the handwritten airbill which was clearly block- 
printed 'Austin'." Uncomfortable silence--perhaps it was she who'd  
done the typing.  I asked her what they were going to do about it:   
my son had paid forty bucks for Saturday delivery and their agent had  
screwed up. She replied, "well, the package is in San Antonio and the  
drivers are gone for the day, and we don't deliver Sunday. But we can  
guarantee you'll have it by noon Monday." I replied that the  
conference was over Monday night and I would only have five hours to  
display the flyers in the exhibit hall. She got really snotty and  
said, "what the h*** can I do about it--things happen." The concierge  
then called me and told me the cock-and-bull story *he'd* gotten was  
that the ZIP code was incorrect for Austin, that it was written  
78710.  He read them the faxed handwritten airbill, and got the  
response, "well, that shipping agent must be dyslexic...and he's just  
a contractor, not our employee."  (Tough on them---an agent is an  
agent).  I was assured I would get a full refund.
I got the package 8 a.m. Monday and am still waiting to get my money  
back.  Half the package contained flyers listing our Folk Alliance  
showcases....all but one of which (my solo one) were over by then.
Federal Distress---when it absolutely, positively has to be there  
overnight....................hire your own d*** private pilot.
On Feb 19, 2006, at 8:43 PM, Rick Copple wrote:
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Sandy
www.sandyandina.com


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