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April 26, 2004

Snail Mail

My post this morning included a catalogue, intended for the old lady who lives in sheltered accommodation in a nearby street that has a similar name to our street, and a bank/credit card, issued with a full and correct printed address, to someone who lives in another road with a similar name to ours, but in Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire.

The Daily Telegraph posted 20 letters first class at lunchtime in East London. None arrived on time. Seven were one day late; two were two days late -- the other 11 are still lost somewhere in the system.

A couple of years ago, when the number of misaddressed letters we were receiving got intolerably bad, we complained and were told that the Post Office had decided to put only experienced postmen on our 'tricky' route (we live near the ancient village centre, with lots of twisty paths, almshouses and so on). And things improved for a while. But how much experience does it take to avoid delivering Cambridgeshire post to London addresses? Only last week I got a mis-addressed letter for the second time, despite having written clearly on the front the first time "Not E17". It had taken nearly a month to be redelivered to us; I hope someone wasn't waiting for it.

I wonder where our post is?

Posted by Alison Scott at April 26, 2004 08:15 PM

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Where I live, we have a similar problem. Our road is called Adams Avenue. There is an Adams Street less then half a mile away, and post from one goes to the other. In fact, the problem goes beyond post: AT&T installed our cable at Adams Street and were then surprised when we called up to ask, er, where it was. We also had a phone conversation which went like this:
Sears: We've come to deliver your washing machine and there's nobody home.
Us: But we are home. Did you ring the bell for Apt 1 and not Apt 2?
Sears: Yes, and we outside right now.
Us [Looks outside]: No you're not.
Sears: Yes we are.
Us: What address did you go to?
Sears: Um.

Posted by: David Elworthy at April 26, 2004 11:40 PM

there is a thing on channel 4 on thursday about how poor Royal Mail are. My post rarely gets here before 2pm these days

Posted by: Adam Field at April 27, 2004 12:31 PM

Royal Mail are capable of delivering first class post on the day after posting. I sent a paperback to someone last month and it arrived the next morning. Unfortunately, it arrived at my address, as they'd used the senders' address written on the back. I posted it again, and it finally got to the right address two days later.

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