Seriously, fuck UPS.
I got a turntable when I was in DC. It’s the NuMark TT USB, so that I can rip my vinyl to iTunes. Since I had to fly home, I shipped to myself. I put my office number at work on it AND MY PHONE NUMBER.
For some reason UPS brought a package that was CLEARLY labeled with my office address to the house I lived in two years ago, which is in a really rough neighborhood.
And whaddya know, when the man in brown knocked on the door of my old house, some kid said “Yeah, that’s me,” and signed for my package.
I discovered this by calling their tracking line when the package was late, and they said “Well, someone signed for it at your old address….”
I was practically shouting into the phone “WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST BRING IT TO MY OFFICE??”
So I went to my old house, still bewildered as to why my package went there, no one would answer the door, so I nailed a note to the door like Martin Luther, saying “YOU HAVE MY PACKAGE. HERE’S MY NUMBER. DON’T BE AN IDIOT.”
Of course, they never called, but UPS went by on Monday and they cheerfully handed over the package. Perhaps they were watching me with some trepidation as I hammered that note to the door.
THEN today UPS brings the package to the wrong office… in the wrong building on campus… and just leaves it. I called again and they said “Oh, we left it at your office!” Picture me looking around like “Whah? Did I miss it?”
“OK, it’s not here.”
Someone in the other office noticed that MY PHONE NUMBER WAS IN THE SHIPPING MANIFEST, AND THEY CALLED ME.
How come some secretary at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital was able to work that out and not UPS? She answers phones all day and they deliver packages… maybe it was her familiarity with those seven strange digits on the outside of the box.
So, yeah, I got my package a week late, cut open by some idiot kid who apparently didn’t need a turntable, and etc, etc…
UPS can kiss it, thanks.
HOWEVER, I now have a new turntable and I went and bought a discwasher kit, and I am going to be at home listening to records and ripping them to iTunes… I am so pleased.