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A family member was supposed to receive an Intellivision item in the mail today. The tracking shows that our local post office had the item "out for delivery" this morning. It is now late evening, and the mail has already been delivered. No package.

 

Would a USPS driver with a package apparently on his/her truck actually say something like: "Well, I have this package right here. And it's scheduled for delivery today. I'm right here at the residence, but I am choosing not to deliver it... just because."

 

I mean, what else could be the explanation? I am looking for serious answers, please. No jokes for this one. Thank you.

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Weird stuff happens. Once a package of mine was marked Delivered to Parcel Box ... and nothing was there. (We get a key to open a larger box containing the package.)

 

A couple days later it showed up next to my garage door. I think it was mis-delivered and an honest neighbor dropped it off.

 

Sometimes, especially around this time of year, the volume goes way, way, up. Remember that Amazon farms out a lot of deliveries to USPS, too, as well as DHL, FedEx and probably UPS. They might just have it on the 'drop it off with Amazon stuff later' pile.

 

Hope nothing goes amiss! Mine was supposed to arrive today, too, but tracking is in limbo, and it wasn't in our mail today. I was even ready to scan it all in and update the Rev page on the website!

 

EDIT: Incidentally, in the time between having the tracking tell me the package was delivered, and the receipt of it, I had tried to contact USPS about it. What a joke. A week later, I got a follow-up survey asking how well they handled the problem. But they actually NEVER got in touch or responded to the incident in any way. They never answered calls to the local office for my area... Nothing.

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I've witnessed all sorts of strange happenings throughout the year - but particularly *this* time of year, where people just loose their friggin' heads I swear. Besides what Steve mentioned, I've had super late deliveries at night. It's possible that there may be a separate truck going around with packages only too. You get your regular mail near the regular time, then a different driver shows and will get packages from USPS and UPS well after 6-7pm. FedEx too.

 

Have also seen it say "out for delivery" for a day or three before finally getting it. :mad: :lol:

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A family member was supposed to receive an Intellivision item in the mail today. The tracking shows that our local post office had the item "out for delivery" this morning. It is now late evening, and the mail has already been delivered. No package.

 

Would a USPS driver with a package apparently on his/her truck actually say something like: "Well, I have this package right here. And it's scheduled for delivery today. I'm right here at the residence, but I am choosing not to deliver it... just because."

 

I mean, what else could be the explanation? I am looking for serious answers, please. No jokes for this one. Thank you.

 

Well, sometimes the letter carrier makes an honest mistake and forgets to put the package in the mailbox. As intvsteve said, the volume of packages and other mail goes way up at this time of year, and the chances for delivery mistakes increase. Most of the time when I've had a package delayed in transit, it was in December. But without fail, the item always turned up and was delivered.

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I've had issues like this happen to me before. I've had times when the item was marked "Delivered" a day or two after it was shipped out. The likely cause is it was an honest mistake from scanning. This is now the time of the year when high volumes of parcels/packages are at a high rate and mistakes can happen which is keeping the workers on it's toes. You can always contact USPS. It is a pain going through the automated voice menu. You have to make a selection to call customer service but good luck at this time of the year as you will be on hold for quite a bit. You can shoot an email too. I hope they get the Intellivision. Positive thoughts. :)

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A family member was supposed to receive an Intellivision item in the mail today. The tracking shows that our local post office had the item "out for delivery" this morning. It is now late evening, and the mail has already been delivered. No package.

 

Would a USPS driver with a package apparently on his/her truck actually say something like: "Well, I have this package right here. And it's scheduled for delivery today. I'm right here at the residence, but I am choosing not to deliver it... just because."

 

I mean, what else could be the explanation? I am looking for serious answers, please. No jokes for this one. Thank you.

this is common around here. Sometimes another truck will show up or it gets delivered the next day.
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A family member was supposed to receive an Intellivision item in the mail today. The tracking shows that our local post office had the item "out for delivery" this morning. It is now late evening, and the mail has already been delivered. No package.

 

Would a USPS driver with a package apparently on his/her truck actually say something like: "Well, I have this package right here. And it's scheduled for delivery today. I'm right here at the residence, but I am choosing not to deliver it... just because."

 

I mean, what else could be the explanation? I am looking for serious answers, please. No jokes for this one. Thank you.

 

Would a USPS driver with a package apparently on his/her truck actually say something like: "Well, I have this package right here. And it's scheduled for delivery today. I'm right here at the residence, but I am choosing not to deliver it... just because its that Eric guy."

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USPS has turned to crap...no one on our street got mail yesterday (Thursday)...there's always something...ads or whatever...so they just skipped our street. It's happened before. If the mail carrier is running late, they start taking shortcuts, like skipping streets. Also, my wife ordered some shoes last Saturday with 2-day delivery...it was shipped Monday and here it is Friday and it hasn't been delivered.

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USPS by me has different trucks that delivery packages all day, not with the regular mail.

 

As far as USPS, UPS & FedEx go, I've had

  • packages marked as delivered that weren't delivered until a day or two later
  • packages marked as delivery attempt made when we were home and in front of the house all day doing yard work
  • packages dropped off before 8am and after 8pm
  • packages we couldn't find because the deliverer decided to go to our backyard fence and drop it over

The holiday season doesn't help either. That said, I got two Intellivision deliveries today so Christmas came early!!!

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A family member was supposed to receive an Intellivision item in the mail today. The tracking shows that our local post office had the item "out for delivery" this morning. It is now late evening, and the mail has already been delivered. No package.

 

Would a USPS driver with a package apparently on his/her truck actually say something like: "Well, I have this package right here. And it's scheduled for delivery today. I'm right here at the residence, but I am choosing not to deliver it... just because."

 

I mean, what else could be the explanation? I am looking for serious answers, please. No jokes for this one. Thank you.

 

A driver, can't remember which courier company, once explained this to me. Occasionally the truck is loaded with more packages than the driver can deliver in one day. This shouldn't happen but it does. The driver is forced to prioritize which packages get delivered; If they get slammed the next day it makes the problem worse. Sometimes, to do this in the most efficient way, some deliveries get delayed longer than they should. Eventually everything gets delivered, but a package could have "out for delivery" status for a few days. If you call customer service they won't give you this explanation. I'm sure in other cases mistakes happen and deliveries get overlooked.

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I am confident mail carriers at times are lazy and just say to hell with it. Especially if it isn't their normal route. I am almost positive on Saturdays those mofos grab the truck in the morning and park it somewhere for the day then return it w/out delivering a single item!

 

I'm not all sure the actual carrier is the one who scans the packages that says they are out for delivery, although they should. If that was my package and the mail ran and it wasn't delivered you bet your ass if the PO was still open they would have got a call from me. They sure as hell would get a call today before they close whether mail is delivered today before they close or not.

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A driver, can't remember which courier company, once explained this to me. Occasionally the truck is loaded with more packages than the driver can deliver in one day. This shouldn't happen but it does. The driver is forced to prioritize which packages get delivered; If they get slammed the next day it makes the problem worse. Sometimes, to do this in the most efficient way, some deliveries get delayed longer than they should. Eventually everything gets delivered, but a package could have "out for delivery" status for a few days. If you call customer service they won't give you this explanation. I'm sure in other cases mistakes happen and deliveries get overlooked.

 

It is interesting to hear from a driver's perspective. Thank you, Mr_Me.

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I'm not all sure the actual carrier is the one who scans the packages that says they are out for delivery, although they should. If that was my package and the mail ran and it wasn't delivered you bet your ass if the PO was still open they would have got a call from me. They sure as hell would get a call today before they close whether mail is delivered today before they close or not.

 

We did call the post office yesterday. They are notorious for never answering the phone. There is a whole "review" section on the Internet about it. Calling them is a waste of time, in these parts.

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Here is my USPS trouble from Thursday...This is how my package was left in my mailbox!

 

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It was not shipped in the plastic bag so apparently it was abused, put in the plastic bag and then molested before getting delivered. It was also severely water damaged on the address label side. This was my Vectrex controller kit :(

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Here is my USPS trouble from Thursday...This is how my package was left in my mailbox!

 

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It was not shipped in the plastic bag so apparently it was abused, put in the plastic bag and then molested before getting delivered. It was also severely water damaged on the address label side. This was my Vectrex controller kit :(

 

Wow, it must of been an ex custom employee.... kidding aside that's just people really not caring about quality of work in this case the handlers of parcels and mail...

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I also have a package from Rev with shipping status 'out for delivery' on Friday. My experience is that, especially considering the holiday season, it was likely loaded on a truck, but they ran out of time. Sometimes they work late and deliver at night, but otherwise it goes back to the post office (hence the status update to 'arrival at post office') with intent to deliver the following day. I'm sure my package will arrive sometime tonight.

 

Regarding the Vectrex item in the bag, I've received things like that before. If your package gets destroyed or opened, they bag it. The bag has a brief apology and a phone number to call for questions, but if not insured you may be screwed.

 

Update: I misread the tracking. Apparently it was 'delivered at mailbox' yesterday afternoon. I still think they just marked it as delivered, but left it in the truck...at least I hope.

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