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Post office is ticking me off!

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:19 pm

My son Scott is serving in the Air Force, currently deployed overseas. Sending him a package, is a nightmare! It goes to APO, NY, which is 4 hours away. Our mail goes to Providence, RI., for processing. From there, they send Scott's packages to Chicago, where they sit for days, then get shipped to NY. A package I sent to him, day after Thanksgiving, (Nov 25), didn't get to NY, until Dec.5th. 3 days later, he received it. 2 weeks in the states, then 3 days, to go halfway around the world! Next day after I sent the package, my wife sent a small package (He called and wanted "K" cups for coffee, he found a coffee maker, there) That one left Providence, on the 27th, and disappeared from tracking, until it arrived in Chicago, on the 5th of Dec. Got to APO, NY, on the 8th! Postmaster in town, was no help, explaining, 1) Why it goes to Chicago. 2) why it takes so long to get from RI, to Chicago, and 3) why so long to get to NY, from Chicago. Had better delivery of packages when I was in VietNam, 48 years ago. Fine way to treat our service men and women, when they are half way around the world, at Christmas! We sent packages from 2 different locations, yesterday, to see if that makes a difference. The one I mailed from Rehoboth, yesterday am, left the post office, at 9:30 am yesterday, and hasn't showed up on tracking, yet. My wife sent one,from NH, which I haven't tracked, yet.
Wrote a letter to my congressman, saying I expect answers. We'll see what that accomplishes!
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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby Eugene » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:41 am

Can't help with the US Postal Service. Retired military. It would take 4 to 6 weeks to get the overseas mail delivered. No tracking back then.

Have purchased items on the internet. Followed the tracking. Just wondering why they would send a package 100s of miles out of the most direct route.
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Postby Bbhzx12 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:34 am

And why does the USPS have SWAT teams?

I can't help either, but thank him for his service.
My nephew enlisted in the USAF and is currently in TX, a few more certs and he could be moveing someplace with "a lot of sand".
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Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:20 am

Eugene wrote:Can't help with the US Postal Service. Retired military. It would take 4 to 6 weeks to get the overseas mail delivered. No tracking back then.

Have purchased items on the internet. Followed the tracking. Just wondering why they would send a package 100s of miles out of the most direct route.


Eugene, when I was in VietNam the packages took a while, but they crossed the US, and departed from California. My point is, we live 4 hours from the military post office, and the packages go half way across the country, then back. 2 weeks in the states, then 3 days, to the destination.
Friday morning, I sent a small package from Rehoboth. Left here, 9:10 am, Friday, arrived in Providence, SATURDAY, evening! Thats a 10 mile trip. Add as many stops as you can imagine and it shouldn't take more than 4 hours! Picture it this way, took 1/3 the time, to go 10 miles, as it does from APO, NY, to it's destination, half way around the world. If they send it to Chicago and back, it will take 3 times the time in the states, as it's overseas time. Providence is 4 hours from NY!
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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:25 am

Bbhzx12 wrote:And why does the USPS have SWAT teams?

I can't help either, but thank him for his service.
My nephew enlisted in the USAF and is currently in TX, a few more certs and he could be moveing someplace with "a lot of sand".

Please thank your nephew, for his service, for us.
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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:55 am

Even though the USPS is now supposedly a private organization, it is still working under government regulations. I suspect your packages are being handled under the bulk mail regulations, which means they are low priority and only travel when there is surplus room on trucks or planes. I agree, this is a lousy way to treat our service people. You may be able to cut down some on the time by sending priority mail to the APO. Remember, once it reaches APO it has to wait to be screened (yes, packages going to service personnel are screened for contraband).
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Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:14 am

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Even though the USPS is now supposedly a private organization, it is still working under government regulations. I suspect your packages are being handled under the bulk mail regulations, which means they are low priority and only travel when there is surplus room on trucks or planes. I agree, this is a lousy way to treat our service people. You may be able to cut down some on the time by sending priority mail to the APO. Remember, once it reaches APO it has to wait to be screened (yes, packages going to service personnel are screened for contraband).


Packages WERE sent by Priority Mail. The problem is not with the APO, it's getting there! Package I sent Friday morning, left our post office, at 9:30 am, didn't get to Providence, til the next evening! 6:30 pm! If they send it to Chicago, and it sits there a few days, then to APO, he'll get it 3 days after it leaves APO! I may start driving to NY, and mailing the packages, there! (4 hours, each way, not 2 weeks, like our postal people think!)
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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby Bbhzx12 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:33 pm

ScottyD'sdad wrote:
Bbhzx12 wrote:And why does the USPS have SWAT teams?

I can't help either, but thank him for his service.
My nephew enlisted in the USAF and is currently in TX, a few more certs and he could be moveing someplace with "a lot of sand".

Please thank your nephew, for his service, for us.
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Postby torchred89 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 2:37 pm

Get even with them. Mail all your Christmas cards this way. Put the address of the person you want it to go to in the left top corner and your address in the middle of the envelope. Then don't put a stamp on it. They will stamp in return to sender and it will go where you want.

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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby Boss Hog » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:39 pm

ScottyD'sdad wrote:
John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Even though the USPS is now supposedly a private organization, it is still working under government regulations. I suspect your packages are being handled under the bulk mail regulations, which means they are low priority and only travel when there is surplus room on trucks or planes. I agree, this is a lousy way to treat our service people. You may be able to cut down some on the time by sending priority mail to the APO. Remember, once it reaches APO it has to wait to be screened (yes, packages going to service personnel are screened for contraband).


Packages WERE sent by Priority Mail. The problem is not with the APO, it's getting there! Package I sent Friday morning, left our post office, at 9:30 am, didn't get to Providence, til the next evening! 6:30 pm! If they send it to Chicago, and it sits there a few days, then to APO, he'll get it 3 days after it leaves APO! I may start driving to NY, and mailing the packages, there! (4 hours, each way, not 2 weeks, like our postal people think!)
Ed


Then they will send it to Chicago :D
Ed I feel your pain , maybe Trump will help :wink:
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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:36 am

torchred89 wrote:Get even with them. Mail all your Christmas cards this way. Put the address of the person you want it to go to in the left top corner and your address in the middle of the envelope. Then don't put a stamp on it. They will stamp in return to sender and it will go where you want.

Neat idea! I have always used the post office for bill paying. Online payments, here I come!
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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby Chipmaker » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:54 pm

torchred89 wrote:Get even with them. Mail all your Christmas cards this way. Put the address of the person you want it to go to in the left top corner and your address in the middle of the envelope. Then don't put a stamp on it. They will stamp in return to sender and it will go where you want.


Do that and let us know how the mail fraud case turns out for you.

I just read this on an attorney website about mail fraud.
"You don't have to personally mail your letter to be convicted of mail fraud. Federal law makes it a crime anytime someone “used or caused another to use” the USPS or another carrier in a fraud attempt."
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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:51 am

His package mailed NOV. 26th, arrived today. Arrived at APO, Friday night. They may not work on weekends, so it took 4 days to get half way around the world, after a 13 day "tour", in the US. I find this a pathetic way to treat our service personnel!
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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby Chipmaker » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:08 pm

Instead of bashing the USPS try sending it UPS or Fed-Ex and see how that works. I'm curious as to what the price difference would be in shipping if you went a different route. Tell your son thanks for his service next time you talk to him, I am thankful for the freedoms we have thanks to all our service men and women, past and present!
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Re: Post office is ticking me off!

Postby Bob McCarty » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:16 pm

Chipmaker wrote:Instead of bashing the USPS try sending it UPS or Fed-Ex and see how that works.

I "think" you have to use USPS to mail to an APO. I'm sure Ed knows if that is right or not.

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