Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Does the post office only lose the expensive stuff?

My daugther's Latin textbooks arrived yesterday. Sort of.  What arrived was an empty bubble envelope with one end completely open.  Nice, eh?  I mean, it was like saying, "See - we are competent enough to get the envelope to your door!  Oh, you actually wanted the $120 worth of textbooks inside. Sheesh.  You can't have everything!"

Now, if I had purchased these books, I could just go back to the supplier and tell them they needed to replace them.  That is how business works.  However, this wasn't a business transaction.  These were loaner books from dd's teacher in CO.  The loss was a double whammy.  The teacher lost one of her classroom sets and I now have to go purchase the books because she had a very limited number of sets to loan.  She actually only had one near-complete set and dd was to get them because she was the first registered for her class.  Now all the used textbooks on the market have been snatched up and I have to purchase these babies brand spankin' new.  Bleh.

I called the PO and informed them of my plight. They weren't insured.  However, they do have some sort of investigation system for lost items.  I'm not overly optimistic. The woman on the other end of the phone took various bits of information such as sender's address, arriving addresses, value, and description of items. "Do you expect foul play?" the woman asked.

"Who would steal Latin textbooks?", I asked.

Come on, it's not like someone is going to see a Latin book sticking out of a package and say, "Hey, I think my kid would like to hear Vergil's Aeneid for a bedtime story tonight!"  Or, "Oh wow - Latin.  I think I'll brush up on my Latin for my next trip to, ah...Ancient Rome."  No, I informed her, I think what is more likely is the PO decided to target this package for their random media mail check and didn't seal the package back up properly.

Now, let me say this.  In all the years of shipping items back and forth, whether it is eBay transactions, sold homeschool materials, or gifts being sent to out-of-town relatives, the PO has only lost three packages of mine.  Actually, that is a pretty good ratio.  However, they only seem to be interested in losing the expensive stuff.  The first MIA package was an airline ticket.  The second was another $100+ book set (that I sold and then forgot to insure, though the buyer purchased insurance...I had to suck it up and come up with a replacement).  Now expensive Latin texts.  All the great offers for credit cards, Christmas cards from people I no longer speak to, and requests for money graduation announcements of relatives across the country that I hardly know....those all make it to my mailbox without a dent or scratch.

So, I now have an "Investigation Claim Number" and I am told someone will contact me in 24-48 with news on whether or not they have located my items.  I suspect I'll be $120 poorer in 48 hours.

10 comments:

Heidi said...

Grrr!!! How frustrating. Yesterday, I too received an empty envelope in the mail. Actually, it was a thank you note for a donation I sent to help someone in a breast cancer walk. Thing is, it was supposed to contain a necklace, custom made for me, in memory of Sue. It was missing from the envelope. Figures, right?
The girl is happily making me a new one, but it's just not right.
Hope they find your Latin books and you don't have to dish out the money for new ones.

Heidi said...

I am so sorry to hear that, Heidi! I love sharing my name and left-handedness with you, but I do *not* like sharing empty-envelope deliveries with my pals! What's up with that? I agree. It is just not right!

Michelle said...

Hi there! I hope your problem with the PO get's solved. My experience in our country is that I still haven't gotten an empty envelope, but there have been a couple of items that I expected that never arrived.

Anyway, your blog is included in next week's Blog walk.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

I hope they find the books, but it sounds like you have the same kind of luck with the USPS as I do. I have the most wonderful carrier, but the system as a whole needs an overhaul. Oh, I'm stopping by on the blog walk. I hope you have a great weekend, and that somehow, some way, those books turn up for you.

One Mom said...

That stinks!! Hope they find your books! http://ourhomeschoolreviews.blogspot.com/

Sheri said...

Nice. Well, hopefully this will ease the pain...gave ya an award, pick it up here (and it is not insured, so if you cannot find it-well tough cookies cuz I am sure someone may have stole it)LOL

http://hsingonawingandaprayer.blogspot.com/2010/08/award-time-sunshine-award.html

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

I've also had a couple packages come up missing over the years and wonder if it wasn't the result of a random check. Who knows? I hope your books are found.

I'm stopping by from the TOS Crew Blog Walk and a new follower. Great blog!

Laura O said...

I've had things go missing as well. Although, lately it is BILLS that never arrive. Sad to say it took me a while to realize we didn't get our gas bill for almost 2 months...

Heidi said...

No such luck on finding the textbooks. J's class starts on Tuesday, so I have to buy them! Ugh! I was able to find some used, but it still stinks to have to buy them now.

Debra said...

Oh, Heidi -- I didn't see this earlier this week (it's been that type of a week here too)

But I have to say, Connor was literally LOL when I read your post... the bedtime stories and ancient Rome part...

And yeah, it is only the expensive stuff. At least that is how it works here.