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Monday, December 18, 2006

Canada Post can make you go postal

The holiday season is about the formality of family, forgiveness, and food, culminating in the motherfucker of all holidays: Christmas.

This year, as a token of kindness, my mother decides to send a care package to some underprivileged mothers from her homeland. She buys baby outfits, accessories, and some odds and ends.

Because the package must be shipped from point A to point B, she wraps them in a comforter bag (about the size of a throw pillow for a sofa) and takes it to her local Canada Post outlet.

What happens next will make anyone go postal.

Even though the package isn’t very heavy, it’s an odd shape and too large to fit in a regular carrier. Fine. It will cost $74 to ship. Not so fine. I’m shocked my mother doesn’t have one of her passive-aggressive fits, but since there is no one around, she doesn’t bother.

At home, my mother removes everything from the package, divides it into two and sends them. The cost difference (she saved $50) is evident as she doesn’t have to tear the CSR a new hole to stuff.

It’s sad. Even when someone wants to do something nice for someone else, you have an organization - designed to keep people connected - trying to screw you over.

6 Comments:

Blogger Shaney said...

It is a terrible shame...But everyone is out to make money...Even charities have to make money to stay afloat...No matter what the cost involved, the very fact that your Mum made the effort to give to those in need deserves a wonderful big Thankyou...Go and hug your Mum, Babe & tell her someone on the otherside of the globe appreciates her unselfish giving to others....

December 18, 2006 2:49 am  
Blogger Sunshine said...

I know how your mum must have felt. I have a few things to send overseas every year and encounter exactly the same thing with Australia Post. *sigh*

December 18, 2006 5:09 am  
Blogger Pablo said...

Well, it seems that your mother dealt with the situation with class and integrity. Very nice.

December 18, 2006 8:00 am  
Blogger Timmy said...

umm. ok.

December 18, 2006 8:12 am  
Blogger Lewis said...

But, hey, sometimes you're looking to get screwed over.....and sometimes you do pay a premium price for it.

December 18, 2006 2:55 pm  
Blogger madamerouge said...

I can kind of see the company's POV, though. If I wanted to ship a stuffed giraffe--oddly shaped, to be sure--I wouldn't expect it to be based purely on weight.

[duck and cover]

December 18, 2006 11:14 pm  

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