Dec 112020

Yes, I’m snippy. Who knew? At least that’s what somebody at the United States Postal Service told me yesterday, and who am I to argue with a heavily armed, disgruntled postal worker?

On the 2nd of December, I sent a Priority Mail package from the post office here in Edgewater, Florida, to a friend in Brainerd, Minnesota. Priority Mail is supposed to take two to three days, and now it is the 11th, and it’s still not there. The Postal Service’s tracking system says it arrived at USPS Regional Facility Network Distribution Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota at 6:38 PM on the 5th.

When it still had not arrived yesterday afternoon, I contacted the Postal Service and asked for a search. I also called the Distribution Center in Saint Paul. The person I spoke to, who also followed up with an email saying the same thing, told me the package is “In Transit” to Saint Paul. I told her that didn’t make any sense, because according to their own tracking system, it arrived in Saint Paul five days ago. I asked her how it could be “In Transit” to someplace where it apparently has been for almost a week now. She told me if I was going to be snippy with her, there was nothing more she could do for me and hung up. Our tax dollars at work.

I just don’t seem to have good luck with customer service people anywhere. Maybe it’s because I’m snippy, I don’t know. I said a while back that I ordered some Scotts Turf Builder Pensacola Bahiagrass grass seed to plant in the bare area where we took the tree out a while back. The company recommended it for our climate and soil conditions and said now would be a good time to plant it. So, I planted the seed following their directions and watered it every day, just as they said. I was told to expect to see sprouts coming through the ground in about 11 days, but nothing has happened.

I contacted the company to see if I’m doing something wrong, and they said no, I’m doing everything right, but seeds won’t germinate until warmer weather. They assured me that around May or June, I’m going to start seeing something happening. I asked why they didn’t tell me that to start with and why I was wasting a lot of water and time when I could have waited till May or June to plant. Their reply was that it was up to me whenever I wanted to plant the seeds. To my credit, I didn’t get snippy. I just thanked them, hung up, and muttered a few words that I’m sure my Momma wanted to come out of her grave and wash my mouth out with soap for. Sorry, Mom.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

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Thought For The Day – Have you ever had one of those days when you’re holding a stick and everybody in the world looks like a pinata?

Nick Russell

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  10 Responses to “Apparently, I’m “Snippy””

  1. Probably you will hear that your pkg arrives…but most likely in about 10 days from sending…at least that is the speed of those expensive pkg prices and tracking have been doing for us lately between us and our kin in NC (usually takes 2-3 days from WA state). I finally got some action and quickly by filling out an online form I came across…whomever got that, I heard quickly and it was delivered. If you want to fill out that online form, you might find better service too. We think it is all intentional, you know, these protester types working to slow down even the mail service. I am certain one of them works in the PO here…and I will NEVER let him wait on me again. We need to demand our money back maybe…

  2. Love the thought for the day. LOL

  3. eBay sellers and other online sellers are having the same problems. Packages taking weeks to get to their destination. Many packages are just disappearing from what I have read.

    The Postal Service receives no direct taxpayer funds. It relies on revenues from stamps and other service fees.

  5. The USPS is terrible, we had lost mail twice over the past 6 months and that is only the ones we know about. Also I bought an Item on Ebay that was supposed to be delivered this past Tuesday, I am still waiting tracking says it is in Kentucky for the past week. Also another online ordered item that is supposed to be delivered today says that it is awaiting pickup from the shipper for the last 6 days. I guess that this is all because of the Chinese Flu, or that is the excuse.

  6. I had a priority package sent for Livingston Escapee mail service and it’s not here yet but Bob got his several days ago and they were both sent at the same time. From now on I’m not wasting the money for Priority.

  7. Snippy!!!
    Say it ain’t so Nick, LOL.
    We all know you to well Nick.

  8. My wife ordered some stuff from the United Kingdom. It was shipped on Tuesday and we got it here in San Antonio Tx the next day.

  9. If you parse your words while being “snippy” does that make you a parsnip?

  10. Let me apologize on behalf of my fellow Minnesotans for the rude response you got for asking a legitimate question. Working at the post office can’t be easy but good customer service is still important. Hope your package shows up soon.

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