We are unable to deliver this package(s) because:The shipment was a set of four audio CD's from Amazon. Clearly, an item that easily fits on my large front porch, where UPS has left numerous large packages over the years.
CORRECT STREET # NEEDED, NOT DELIVERED
Your shipment will be held at the above address until:
Dec 02, 2013
After that date, it will be returned to sender.
Please pick up your package(s) at the address listed at the top — a government issued photo ID is required — or you may call us...
What makes this topic worthy of a blog post? The utter inanity of it all!
1. Over the past few weeks before the arrival of the item-undeliverable card, I received numerous Amazon shipments via UPS. At least five shipments delivered successfully!
2. If the shipment was addressed to the incorrect street number — and it wasn't addressed incorrectly in any way, or I obviously wouldn't have received the card at all — why did UPS snail-mail me a card addressed to the same street and number?
I called UPS and spoke with a customer service representative, a very pleasant fellow.
At first he tried to maintain that the package was addressed incorrectly and was, therefore, undeliverable.
AOW: Does the address on the package match the address on this card that I have in my hand right now?
Customer service representative: Um, yes.
AOW: Then the package is addressed correctly, wouldn't you say? I do have the card here in my hand.
I could almost hear the wheels turning in his head as he realized the utter stupidity of this situation.
I couldn't help but think of this little snippet from Star Trek: The Original Series:
I refused to drive to the UPS office, located some miles away, and the customer service representative didn't insist that I do so.
The "undeliverable" shipment from Amazon arrived early the next morning.