It should be. OTOH if the employee knows that management has already
decided to boot him on day 59, that _might_ adversly affect his
especially on day 58.
My regular guy has been great too. He once eschewed dropping
off a package because it was raining and came back later in
the same day. He also was very careful with an overpacked box
(antique woodworking tools are heavy) that had split open in
My regular guy (following a conversation regarding same) will leave
smaller packages in my storm door and larger ones under my picnic table
(with a note to that effect on my front door) no matter what the
shipping instructions say. He should be by tomorrow with a t-track
section for a bandsaw table rail.
I live in an area where, apparently, they are instructed not to do this
due to risk of theft.
But the UPS station is 5 miles away in an even worse neighborhood where
I'd rather not go after dark ... and those trucks don't get unloaded
again until after dark. I used to work a couple buildings away from the
UPS station and I consider the risk of assault and carjacking at the UPS
station to be much higher than the risk of theft from my porch.
So, since I work at home and am a fairly frequent recipient, he and I
have had a chance to discuss matters and arrive at a working agreement
that works for both of us.
But there's nothing he can do for me until the package gets on his
truck. Nothing at all.
BTW ... since I don't observe Christmas ... what is an appropriate tip
and timing for the UPS guy? He's going out on a (short) limb for me ...
I'd like to recognize and reward that.
Well I'm not inclined to tip delivery people especially since I
came home early to celebrate Christmas Eve and found my
wife in bed with the mailman. After booting him out of the
second story window I confronted my wife, who claimed it
was *my idea*!
"What the hell are you talking about, I shouted! "I hated that
guy even before today, he's the worse mailman we ever had!"
"Well", she replied, When I asked you how we should tip
him you said 'Screw him--give him a dollar.'"
I find your belief system fascinating. It scratches me right where I
Why not kill two birds with one stone? Buy him an aluminum pole (I
find tinsel distracting). Teach him about Festivus. The two birds?
One: you bought him a gift. Two: we get another convert to Festivus.
Then you can proceed to the airing of grievances...
I feel your pain.. I despise those phone trees. Thanks to those that
posted the "get human" database.
I got a bill from a hospital that wasn't itemized or anything.. No
indication of what family member it was (just had my name, and I know
it wasn't me)..I tried to call to inquire.. After going about 10 deep
in prompts with no way to find a human, I just hung up. After it got
sent to a collection agency, I called the agency and told them I'd pay
for it as soon as I got an itemized bill telling me what it's for. They
told me to call the hospital. I said "If you don't have a copy of the
bill to send me, then YOU call the hospital".. Never heard from either
of them since. I still don't know if it was a legit bill or not, but
I'm not going to send anyone money without an explanation.
You mean you didn't have the DRG for the code number? Golly, I thought all
we consumers were supposed to have one. Which is why they change them all
What I like is the itemized portion of the invoice is printed, not with the
date the service was allegedly rendered, which might allow me to
cross-check, but with the date it was billed. With so much opportunity for
fraud, is it any wonder there's so much out there?
I have been told that the typical contract between a hospital or doctor
and the contractor that handles their billing specifies that the
agency receives a percentage of what they bill, NOT a percentage
of what the service provider receives, not even a percentage of
what the patient _should_ have been billed.
IOW, not only is there rampant opportunity, there is also
ample motive for fraud, and the doctor or hospital is a victim,
along with the patient.
I would advise the same.
My wife and I had to have a sewer company come out on a Sunday one weekend
to fix a backed up sewer line. The person that answered the phone said that
the charge for emergencies was $200/hr plus a $75 trip charge. We had no
choice and they showed up and in 20 minutes they had the line unclogged. We
were expecting a bill for $200+. When we got it it was for $475. The person
that answered the phone neglected to tell us that there was a 2 hour minimum
charge. We got nowhere with the company and I paid what I thought was
reasonable ($225). They sent us to collections and when the collector called
I explained the story to him. The next week was the same story, new
collector, explanation, and then nothing. Well I thought it was over and 8
months later I was trying to get a car loan and low and behold they had
turned it over to the credit bureau as Non-Payment.
I finally was victorious as they took me to court and I won. They had to
remove it from my credit but it took almost 18 months.
I must be the luckiest guy in the world. Almost every mail-order (that
includes e-business) I have ever had since tracking was available
online has had a tracking number that I've been able to follow (one
didn't--I don't know why). The delivery matched the tracking every
I had good service in the three places I've lived since UPS started.
The guy in Illiniois never had trouble finding me, and when I ordered
$2000 worth of radios and power supplies, he went through the back
gate and placed them up on the deck by the back door (all instead of
the front door) knowing they were expensive.
When I was living in a condo in FL, the UPS guy had a keycode to get
in the building (by fiat of the Association) and leave packages by the
door in the hall if no one answered.
Here in NFL, the UPS guy lives in the neighborhood and covers up
packages left in absentia with the doormat (even though the
neighborhood is extremely safe--rarely is anyone in here who doesn't
I am unaware of ever failing to receive a package that was shipped
UPS. Now, if I lived in Canada, I'd be singing an entirely different
tune. What they're doing up there is criminal.
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