Denise over at Mental Excrements is having a tough time getting a package from UPS. It reminded me of my little issue with the US Post Office.
Last year, around this time, Grambug sent me a package via media mail. She told me to look for it. She said she sent it early so that I could enjoy it while I got ready for the Christmas Invasion. (My mommy loves me.)
Well, I got really busy with buying and wrapping and all the millions of boxes that my family was sending in - Christmas was here last year and I didn't have the space then that I have now. I was stashing boxes and piling presents faster than the elves up at the North Pole. I forgot about that package and so did she.
One day in late January I got a package. In it was a Spanish History Textbook written in Spanish. I looked to see who sent it and the return address was Grambug's. I knew something wasn't quite right, so I called her and asked her why she sent me a Spanish textbook. We laughed for a minute and then she said, "Did you ever get that book I sent you?" I sent it in the box it came in and I changed the shipping label. Well... That's when I knew that I'd been scammed by the USPS.
I flew down to the Post Office. The lady felt terrible for me, and I assured her that I knew she didn't take my book. The textbook came from a DC College. A very nice DC institution... GW in fact. I was sure that my present had been scarfed in DC at the big sorting center there. The Mail Lady told me to fill out all these papers and they would see about getting my book or some restitution.
Months later I got a call from the Post Office. Because Grambug had sent my BOOK via MEDIA MAIL, I could not get any $ back for it. Some schmo stole my present and I get nothing! She sent the book via media mail because that's how you are supposed to send books.
So, my book and booklight - wrapped in blue snowman paper - went to someone else for Christmas.
A word to the wise - don't use media mail...
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