Do you ever wonder where we’re going in the world today when a passport or similar is required to collect an undelivered package, or in this case a simple POSTCARD that was obviously posted by the sender without a stamp. On top of the missing postage there is a £1 handling fee to pay. Big deal! I would willingly have paid the postman but apparently this isn’t allowed. I actually saw the guy bring the mail and literally fumed when he omitted to knock the door and ask for cash.
On closer inspection of the card he left I realised that postie hadn’t got the POSTCARD, he was merely used to deliver the demand note. So not only did I not have what was rightly mine but I had to pay for the privilege of reading it.
The next hour was spent wondering who would send me a POSTCARD. I only knew one person who was on holiday and she was in
This is part of the card that was pushed through my door along with other mail.
If you enlarge the picture you’ll see that to collect the POSTCARD in person I would have to take proof of identify: eg passport, driving licence, credit/debit card or recent utility bill. Of course, the matter could have been dealt with on line … all for £1.36 … the POSTCARD would then be delivered in anything up to five days.
Jumping on an hour.
It turned out that the POSTCARD was from Robins and Day, Car Sales. In 2006 I bought a Peugeot car from a company that was eventually taken over by these people. This year, although I have never nor will I ever do business with the new car sales people I started getting voice mail messages on the cell phone to say the car was due for
Why wait until this year? Why didn’t they start harassing me sooner?
Under the circumstances the kind chappy at the Postal Sorting Office decided not to charge. At last, a ray of sunshine! But the guy who answered the phone at Robins and Day is probably wishing he’d stayed in bed this morning when he got the full blast in his shell-like. I explained that we had never used the company and would not be using them in the future. Rather timidly he said he would pass on my message but he did remove name and address from their records - while I waited. That’s the end of the saga, I just wish I’d thought to charge for the phone call and the petrol used to collect the unstamped POSTCARD.