Free Parcel rejected: 0.192g (0.0067oz) "overweight"

#1
What a country we live in:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=493390&in_page_id=1770


Parcel for soldier hero is sent back because it is two poppies too heavy

"With his son Danny serving on the front line in Afghanistan, Darren Smith was glad to take advantage of the Royal Mail's offer of free postage for parcels to soldiers.

He sent off a package containing books, toothpaste, biscuits and sweets, along with two Remembrance Day poppies to remind Danny how much his family cared.

A week later, however, he received a letter saying it could not be dispatched because it was 0.192 of a gram over the 2kg limit - the equivalent of a feather and less than the weight of the two 1gram poppies.

I think it's disgusting that some jobsworth has decided not to send this out to Afghanistan,' said Mr Smith, 41, from Swinefleet, near Goole, East Yorkshire.

'When I went to post it, it was weighed and accepted - but I don't think it has ever left Goole. I know for a fact that the BFPO (British Forces Post Office) in London would have sent it if it had got there.

'It probably cost them more to write to me than to send it there.'

He added: 'Whilst our postal workers strike for the right to go home early and still get paid, our troops are expected to work 24 hours a day until the job is done; a firefight does not stop because it's clocking-off time.'

After collecting the parcel he re-sent it yesterday, minus the poppies, to his son in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines in Helmand Province.

A former sergeant in the Coldstream Guards himself, Mr Smith said the package would make a big difference to his son. 'I know what it is like; you can't just go down to the shops for life's little luxuries. Toothpaste and sweets are the sort of things you miss and that's what made me so angry.

'My son is on a mortar line and he sleeps next to his barrel - he hasn't got any down-time.'

A Royal Mail spokesman said: 'All parcels being sent to troops under the free postal service must meet strict weight guidelines which are laid down by BFPO. Parcels must weigh no more than 2kg.

'Unfortunately, due to human error, this parcel was accepted when it was over the allowed weight. As soon as the subpostmasterrealised the mistake-they apologised to the customer for any inconvenience caused.'

More than 6,000 UK forces personnel are serving in Afghanistan. Helmand, in the south, is a Taliban stronghold and is one of the world's most dangerous regions.

The Royal Mail announced on Monday that it was extending its free postal service to Iraq and Afghanistan, which had been due to run out on December 7.

Following a new deal with the Ministry of Defence it is now expected to last as long as British troops are serving there. "
 

Biped

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#2
That's nothing! I was sent a letter from someone in which he put some money (£3.50 to be precise).

I got a card from the post office saying I had to collect a letter that didn't have enough postage on it from the local depot.

I got there, paid the £5 admin charge, and collected my £3.50 in cash.

CNUTS!!!!!!!!

Apparently, a 1st class stamp didn't cover the weight of the coins.
 
#3
What? rejected for 2grams, that's just crap.

I've been sending packages to guys for the past year, it used to cost more to send than the goods inside but it alls been worth it.

Royal mail at it's best!!
 
#6
girliebiker said:
What? rejected for 2grams, that's just crap.

I've been sending packages to guys for the past year, it used to cost more to send than the goods inside but it alls been worth it.

Royal mail at it's best!!
Nooooo. rejected for being less than 0.2 grams overweight!
 
#8
Biped said:
That's nothing! I was sent a letter from someone in which he put some money (£3.50 to be precise).

I got a card from the post office saying I had to collect a letter that didn't have enough postage on it from the local depot.

I got there, paid the £5 admin charge, and collected my £3.50 in cash.

CNUTS!!!!!!!!

Apparently, a 1st class stamp didn't cover the weight of the coins.
Then you were robbed mate:

http://www.postoffice.co.uk/portal/po/content1?catId=19100180&mediaId=19100260

How much will this usually cost?
We'll weigh your mail to calculate how much postage should have been paid, at either a First or Second Class rate, depending on the service used. If it's not clear, we'll charge you a Second Class rate. All you have to do is pay the difference, together with a £1 administration charge. If you don't want to pay this, we just return the mail to whoever sent it.
Or it was a very heavy package!
 
#9
Sorry having a bad day, fingers typing faster than the brain cell - that should have read .2grams!

Thank you Blogg for pointing out to me!

John - but did you get the blow up sheep sex toy?
 
#12
I'd like to see the calibration records for their fecking balance, as I'd be willing to bet that it isnt calibrated to anywhere near that accuracy, any that do cost an absolute fortune! - and I say that as someone who uses balances to 0.0001 gram accuracy every day!
 
#14
My local post office seem to rotate between about 8 staff, so every time I go to post something (at least twice a week) they try to charge me, at which I point I explain it's free..que blank looks and argument until someone notices that it is indeed free...
 
#16
Hope it brought you pleasure :D

Hey if you guys know of anyone out in the gulf who's in need of letter or parcel please put them in touch with me. But don't spoil the fun by telling them about the sheep!
 
#17
Simple:

Take the ever-so-slightly overweight package. Split it into 10 smaller packages. Re-present to Post Office.


Jobs a goodun :wink:


(OK, its a pain in the arrse, but it'd be worth it to se the twats face! :D )
 
#18
Maybe it was the weight of the customs sticker the post office put on that took it over by 0.192g :roll:
 
#19
This happened to me last year I was 2 grams overweight despite checking with two neighbours scales that it was correct. I took it back but the local post office made me cut it open and take a couple of items out. The questions I ask is how do the post office expect normal household scales to be that accurate? So if everyone deliberately under weights them to ensure they are not overweight how mush does the PO gain over 100 of thousands of parcels? This just shows how disconnected the military is from civil society. Go back to the 1980 and before and you turn up at the post office with a little overweight parcel for a serviceman on active service and it was passed through with a nod and a wink and especially so at Christmas. It called leadership by the post office boss he should be telling his staff to go steady on BFPO numbers. What a way to support an army fighting a war. We have a long way to go yet.
 
#20
Skynet said:
This happened to me last year I was 2 grams overweight despite checking with two neighbours scales that it was correct. I took it back but the local post office made me cut it open and take a couple of items out. The questions I ask is how do the post office expect normal household scales to be that accurate? So if everyone deliberately under weights them to ensure they are not overweight how mush does the PO gain over 100 of thousands of parcels? This just shows how disconnected the military is from civil society. Go back to the 1980 and before and you turn up at the post office with a little overweight parcel for a serviceman on active service and it was passed through with a nod and a wink and especially so at Christmas. It called leadership by the post office boss he should be telling his staff to go steady on BFPO numbers. What a way to support an army fighting a war. We have a long way to go yet.
Its more the fact that the post office scales did originally allow it to be sent until SUPERSCALES got involved :roll:
 

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