"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Postage matters

I ordered a Kobo ereader on September 14th.
Long story short, it has taken a while to be sent and, on receiving an email from me, suggesting that at this rate, it would have been quicker to have it delivered on foot,  the seller sent it by special delivery, to arrive this morning.
This was unhelpful in that neither Keith nor I were going to be at home this morning and as yet, we haven't managed to train the dogs to answer the door or sign for packages. 
"Never mind," I thought, "Maybe this new brainwave of Royal Mail will finally kick in and our friendly postman will deliver it to the neighbour's house for me."
Of course, had I put money on that happening, my purse would now be somewhat lighter. (Well, you knew that was going to be the case, didn't you?)
So I took the dreaded red 'you were out' card down to the delivery office.
In the interests of Elf and Safety, they no longer allow us mere members of the public to park in their hallowed grounds, so we have to park at the nearby railway station (if there's room), pay and display and then traipse round to Royal Mail, or you can take a chance and park in the car park of a local pet store, pretend you are a customer and then sneak out to the delivery office, which is what I tend to do. 
Once I'd been handed my parcel, I engaged the man at the desk in the usual dialogue about getting parcels delivered to a neighbour and why it isn't happening and, guess what?
It turns out that Royal Mail had the audacity to inform the public of this new scheme WITHOUT checking with the union that it was OK first!
And of course, they don't think it is.
So it doesn't happen.
Privatisation? Bring it on!

8 comments:

  1. S'more than me job's worth, Lady!

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    1. Yep, that's the general attitude!

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  2. I am with the postal workers. Privatisation is tragic. And what is a Kobo e-reader? Does it only seek out the letter "e" and ignore the rest? E by gum.

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    1. I don't really want the postal service to be privatised, YP but I would like them to be a bit more customer friendly. Kob e-reader is like the Kindle but runs more formats - could be good for your novel! I bought this second hand to see if Dad would like it. If not, I can use it as well as my Kindle.

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  3. We are fortunate in having a friendly post service - we know both the postmen who leave parcels in the greenhouse. Wonder what will happen then when privatisation kicks in?

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    1. Ours are generally OK, but I have asked them repeatedly to do this and, although they don't say they won't/can't - they just never do. It's so annoying because Keith gets a lot of stuff delivered for work and I often end up having to wait in and not knowing for how long because they come at all sorts of different times.

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  4. Sadly that's an all too familiar story! Do please let us know what you think of the Kobo ereader. Flighty xx

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