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Re: Mailing fish ... and going postal
There's a huge difference between the stupidity inherent to bureaucracy and
the wonderful folks who often work there. I'd never go again to a 7-11 that
made me *always* stand in line for 20-30 minutes, you can bet. I simply have
no choice with fish to the USPS office. [They are like UPS two weeks before
Xmas, in their *off-peak* periods. ;-)]
My old delivery guy used to call me before he started his rounds to be sure
I was home to leave the fish. Otherwise, he would leave them at the PO and
drop me a note to go pick them up! Things have been less neat, lately, but
the folks in general are *not* into killing small helpless animals, and they
do, personally, appreciate labelling that lets them be kind and effective.
My worst disasters have always been on packages that gave them no clue that
live fish or eggs were inside.
A friendly chat about your hobby, with your delivery person, can be a
wonderful investment in saved fish and eggs, IMHO.
Doug Karpa-Wilson wrote:
> I recently had one of my cariers see the Live Fish on the side and drive
> them out to me directly before starting the rounds so that they wouldn't
> sit in the truck baking all that time. Of course, when folks say "X
> (health care, 7 eleven, whatever) would be run like the post office!" I
> usually think to myself "well, that'd be a pretty good improvement then!
> >I've had the same great service, but I always have them shipped to me at
> >work and the delivery guy calls up when he gets there so I can go down to
> >the basement and pick them up. It would take an extra day or two to get
> >them at home unless they left them outside, in which case they would be
> >cooked by the time I got there.
> > Drummond
> >>From: "Doug Dame" <dameda at shands_ufl.edu>
> >>Reply-To: killietalk at aka_org
> >>To: <killietalk at aka_org>
> >>Subject: Re: Mailing fish ... and going postal
> >>Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 13:41:04 -0400
> >>Canada isn't involved but ..... heh, this is almost on-topic ....
> >> ... I got a phone call this morning.
> >>From my local post office, where I don't personally know anybody. (I'm
> >>never there during normal hours.)
> >>"We have a package just come for you. It says it has Live Fish in it."
> >>(1) I'm in Florida, and this package came from Ohio, and was supposed to be
> >>mailed yesterday, so that's quick.
> >> [But wait, there's more. Not only do you get these 6 ginzu knives but
> >>(2) The lady at the post office called my house and left a message on the
> >>machine there.
> >>(3) She then somehow figured out my work number ... maybe it was on the
> >>package, although I don't recall having given it to the sender ... and then
> >>she made another call and got me at work.
> >>(4) My work isn't even in the same area code .. it's a long distance call.
> >>WOW. Talk about delighting the customer !!! They went waaay beyond my
> >>(I'm going to have to send them an xmas card. Guess I ought to hand-deliver
> >>it, tho.)
> >>Doug Dame
> >>Interlachen FL
> >> * home of some great postal people
> >> * who knew ??? now I do
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