Sorry, little old lady!

Okay, I guess I unfairly accused the old lady down the street from my boyfriend of stealing his cookies. The postal service returned them to me as undeliverable.

I do have an unfortunate habit of jumping to the conclusion that people have stolen stuff of mine (or borrowed it without asking), and then finding out in an hour or so that the item in question is actually right where I last left it, maybe hidden by a stray paper or two.

Can I complain about the US Postal Service, though? I’ve lost track of the amount of mail that’s been delivered to my address, but is addressed to people who haven’t lived here in at least 10 years. Or that isn’t supposed to come to this street address at all (it’s supposed to go to another house on our street, or even another house 1 or 2 streets over). Not to mention all the times they’ve lost letters, magazines, credit card statements and Amazon packages addressed correctly to me and my roommates.

The one time I wish they would just drop off the package at the address written on the box, they have to suddenly start following protocol and making sure the person whose name is on the box actually lives there. Though clearly, they’re not on the ball enough to think to themselves, “Hmm, there’s a Donald Crankshaw who lives on this street, just a few houses down … maybe this package is really for him.”


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3 Responses to Sorry, little old lady!

  1. Jessica says:

    Okay, I wrote my last comment too soon. Guess I should finish reading all posts before commenting. I agree that the mail service has gone downhill recently. My experience is that things take much longer than they should to show up. When my mother mails me something from Maine to Virginia it takes 10-12 days to get here. I mail my rent check from my house to my landlord’s house (which is about 5 miles away), and sometimes it takes a week to get there. I like our mailman though. He always knocks on our door when there’s something that won’t fit in the mailbox rather than just leaving the little yellow paper telling me to go pick it up at the post office. And our mailbox is across the street, so it takes a little bit of effort to do this (not a big deal, but many people would be lazy and just leave the yellow slip).

  2. Nicole says:

    I dont have a problem with my postal services but then again my town has one of the best I was told. Have you thought about sending the little old lady a box of cookies to say I am sorry- ha!

  3. Kira says:

    Hi Kristin!

    I don’t know how I managed it, but I thought I had your new blog in my google reader and I somehow didn’t until I got your e-mail about the editors posting today. Sorry to have missed it so far!! This post made me laugh a lot. I can get mad jumping to conclusions, too. My next door neighbor really does take things off my deck, but he’s really nice about returning them when I call him on it…

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