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…and the Kitchen Sink

October 7th, 2013 (07:20 pm)
current location: KY16 8SX

I don’t know whether you’ve posted anything recently? I’m not a very frequent poster of things but it was my sister’s birthday recently and that’s definitely a posting time.

My sister’s an active outdoors person – in fact she works as an outdoor instructor, after previous employment as a reindeer herder – so outdoorsy stuff is good, particularly small things that are easily transported and don’t take up much space. So I found a couple of things that I thought would suit her, wrapped them up and headed off to the Post Office.

I was unaware that Post Office policy has changed regarding accepting parcels over the counter. Apparently you now have to declare the contents, even for domestic post. A friend theorises that this is because even domestic parcels are often travelling by air nowadays; whatever the reasons, I was a bit taken aback (and annoyed – whose business is it really?) and I obviously showed it when the lady at the counter asked me what was in my parcel. She helpfully explained.

It didn’t help really. I looked at the small padded envelope I’d handed over.

“Well, you’re not going to believe me… There's a bucket, and a kitchen sink…”


Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: October 7th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)

I ran into this today - you can't send batteries if they're not in their original packaging. I had three in the box with the video remote. So I said yes since the remote's box was the original packaging.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: October 7th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)

I just wonder what unreported outbreak of horrible accidents there's been that's prompted this. (Ahem.)

I don't have any problem with the Post Office wanting to avoid damage or harm to personnel due to (checks leaflet for a selection) aerosols, ammunition, corrosives, explosives, pesticides or poisons, but the batteries thing seems a bit excessive and surely a declaration that you're not posting anything prohibited should be enough? Unless they're going to check the contents against what you say, it would be just as effective and less intrusive.

Posted by: myceliumme (myceliumme)
Posted at: October 10th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)

in dehydrated format?

Posted by: myceliumme (myceliumme)
Posted at: October 10th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)

Oops - just followed links. Grin.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: October 10th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)


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