Re: Doesn’t always work
Sometimes the parcel can't be delivered "because nobody was home"
Last week I genuinely wasn't at home. Parcel from CPC arrived a day or two earlier than expected but I had managed to squeeze "can be left with any neighbour" into that pathetically small "instructions for courier" box they sometimes (not always) give you.
Arrived home to find a UPS card on the doormat with a number "5" scrawled next to the bit that says "pick up at our depot after this time", but none of the tick-boxes was actually ticked to confirm that's what the courier intended. We are number 5, so had he actually left it in the shed or the greenhouse?
Had he left it at number 4 or number 6?
Went online to check and it was adamant that it had been delivered. "Proof" consisted of the single word, "OLIVER".
Who is Oliver? The delivery driver? Certainly no Oliver at number 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 or 9 neither forenames nor surnames (we're friendly with the whole street - it's a tiny place like that). Not sure about number 1 but pretty certain they're not Oliver...
...time to fetch the children from the school bus. On the way back, shout from behind the hedge of number 8 - "I have a parcel for you".
Would you believe that we didn't know our neighbour in number 8's surname was Oliver?
And why did he write "5" in the "collect after" box, instead of ticking the "I've left it with your neighbour" box and writing "8"?
Better than APC though - they flat out refuse to leave with neighbours and take the things back to their depot behind two levels of high security fencing about a 40 minute drive away. It's like trying to get airside at an airport (I'd imagine).
The postman tends to leave things in the recycling bin.