Saturday, April 9, 2016

Close Enough

It took four days, but a package "delivered" by the USPS system has finally been located. According to the tracking status, the package was "delivered in or at the mailbox at 2:00 pm on April 4, 2016." Unfortunately it wasn't our mailbox.

I called the local post office and initiated an investigation. The package showed up on Friday. I was told by a manager at the post office that the package had been "delivered to a similar address."  I guess that's what we refer to as "close enough for government work."


  1. To be fair, what is the percentage and raw number of usps letters, parcels and packages you’ve had delivered in the last - let’s say month, successfully?

    We can grind axes against USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL and others and I’ve had some fantastical problems and customer service failures from all of them. But USPS does manage to deliver packages pretty reliably. You hear about the spectacular failures, but you don’t hear about the successful and timely successes.

    I just had Amazon’s contract shippers mark an item out for same day delivery as “delivered” a few minutes before the cut off, and it was nowhere to be found. Sure enough, the shipper bailed bailed when they realized they had to double back and would be late if they did.

    1. All true. Doesn't make it any less frustrating. Or humorous.


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