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The lesson I learned today was that the fine folks at my local post office really love to open everyone's mail. I wasn't entirely surprised. Once I went there to drop off packages and SAW the blonde chick opening someone else's mail and logging the contents in a 3-ring binder.

But when I got that "postage due: $4.95" envelope in my mailbox, my heart filled with dread.

Because I have been known to mail books to my readers at the Media Mail rate with...gasp...BOOKMARKS IN THEM.

Yes, I know. Next thing you know I'll be running a prostitution ring meth lab.

So when I got my book today that had a promo item in with it, I just said, "Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh," and paid my five bucks. Because I was so friggin' glad it wasn't ME who was busted. For daring to slip a little weightless something extra in with my book.

As far as I know, the folks at the post office where I keep my PO box are nowhere near as gleeful about wielding the packing knife. But it's best to play it safe.



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Nov. 17th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Hey, its a gateway crime, okay?

They have to nip it in the bud.
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
The long road to super-villainy begins with one small bookmark.
Nov. 17th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
Your postal service is allowed to open your parcels?! WTH? I mean, if it was leaking blood or mysterious white powder, or ticking or something, fair enough, but otherwise - whoa!
Nov. 17th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Only media mail, which is supposed to be books, dvds--media--which are shipped at a much lower rate to help out libraries and the like. But apparently because of the lower rate, people can't be trusted?

"The mailing of articles at Media Mail prices constitutes consent by the mailer to postal inspection of the contents."

Nov. 18th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Ah, okay.
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Yes, they inspect it to make sure people aren't putting in something else and calling it "media" to get a cheap rate.

I just suspect the gal at my post office has made a hobby of it, is all.
Nov. 18th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Heh, maybe she considers it a perk of the job.
Nov. 17th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
I always write "1% Exotic content" on the packing labels.

Okay, that's a lie. That kind of thing could get you arrested. But I DO write that on the tags for my handspun yarn, to cover for the hair that gets in there from me and the dog. :D
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
The chick with the packing knife would definitely not be amused if I were to do that!
Nov. 17th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Dude, bookmarks don't count as media? (*is puzzled*)
Nov. 18th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
No, they'd need to be bound to something else. You can't even let an eyelash fall in that package.
Nov. 18th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Gives new meaning to the term 'going postal'!
Nov. 18th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
I'd thought about going there...the blonde with the knife was too self-satisfied to label as "postal" though ;-)
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