Posted 06 May 2014 - 09:14 AM
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Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:35 PM
On this 6th day of May, I have yet to receive mine. However, I need to think of a polite way to ask my mailman not to put a crease/heavily fold in all large items like AC and other similar sized letters and publications. Any ideas Mr. Knepley? .....It just drives my OCD crazy!
As for the fold issue, boy I hear ya; I'm pretty sure I just have the D, and not the O and C, but I hate my big stuff getting creased. Here's what's likely happening. Since you're in a big city, your carrier most likely starts their day by spending close to three hours collating upwards of a thousand pieces of mail, possibly more, into surprisingly small spaces in a large case. (To say nothing of packages and "accountable/get-your-butt-fired-for-screwing-up type items.) Routes can have over 700 boxes a day that need to be serviced, I would think 600+ would be the average in DC. To make life easier, many carriers roll some or all of their magazines, catalogs, newspapers, etc into u-shaped cradles in the slots on their cases, and then place that same address's letter mail inside the "cradle". It effectively doubles the space your mail takes up, but also very effectively shortens delivery time as the carrier doesn't have to "re-sort" the mail at each box on the street. Grab the roll for that box, service it, and go. By the time your AC gets out of the case it's been compressed many times over, hence the rolls or crease.
Technically, unless you actually see your carrier performing intentionally malicious acts to your AC, there isn't much you can do. It's mailed at a "non-profit org." rate, barely one step above your average Piggly Wiggly flier. So, although we can't intentionally hurt it, and we do HAVE to deliver it, if the carrier deems it necessary to roll, wrap, or fold it in any stage of the delivery process, that's about it. First class gets a lot more "respect", but there's a reason everybody who can mails standard or non-profit. The cost.
All this said, carriers are just like anybody else. Some are great people, some are "ehh", and some are miserable creatures. It might take a couple chats, but usually if you respectfully point out that you'd like your magazines babied a little, they'll do it for you. Just remember they're a creature of habit and function, so it might take a little bit to change behavior. If no change is affected in a reasonable time, start bugging the postmaster, officer in charge, and/or anybody else that might have to listen to you. They have enough to deal with already, so they'll do their best to give the carrier enough of a headache to change their ways.
"No thanks, a third of a gopher would merely arouse my appetite..."
Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:24 PM
And thanks for the kind words, everyone. My goal as a book designer has always been to work on fish books, so this is step in the right direction.
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