USPS - says it was delivered, but it was not?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Warpeg, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Has this ever happened to anyone else? A fellow TB member sent me a package via USPS. The tracking info states that the package was delivered today, but it’s nowhere to be found on my property. The issue puts both the other TB member and myself in a peculiar situation. Luckily, the other TB member insured the package, but it still seems very odd on USPS’s part to show the item as delivered when it hasn’t :banghead:
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  2. Tommy V

    Tommy V

    Feb 19, 2019
    call your local post office asap and see where it went.. if you're lucky, they delivered it to the wrong address, and can straighten it out.. if not, the sender needs to file a claim to get that process rolling.
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  3. viribus

    viribus Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    It could have been delivered to the wrong address. That seems to happen surprisingly often. Or it could be a porch thief. I always require a delivery signature so that someone has to sign for it, even if it's the wrong someone. ;)
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  4. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    not only does the post office - and every other carrier - sometimes deliver to the wrong address, but they could have put it somewhere odd. i had a delivery that was put under a very leafy bush and another that was put under our back stairs, which is almost fully enclosed and no one would have ever seen it there. a friend of mine had a UPS driver open his side garage door, put in the box and close the side door again. they had to call to find out where it was.

    do you have neighbors? one of them could have grabbed it, like OldDog52 said.
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  5. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Thanks for the input, everyone. I talked to my neighbor this afternoon. His mail never came today. That got me thinking that I also did not receive any mail today. It seems that the mailman never even came! Why would the tracking info list it as delivered?!
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  6. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I could think of a few reasons, but none would favor the ole USPS.

    I'd printout the scanning history for your parcel and make an appointment to see your postmaster, also noting the absence of mail for you and your neighbor.

    Note the time it was 'delivered'... see if that coincides with either of you possibly being home at that time.

    Sincerely hope this gets resolved.
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  7. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Postal supervisors came from an organization where the bias was always to lie to the next level of bosses. When you break it down a unit will be caught missing a scan and MIGHT be caught falsifying one with the same penalty for either event so human nature takes it course.

    My guess, assuming a porch pirate did not snatch it after a carrier dropped a piece is that unit ran out of man hours and/or truck space but feared reporting that to the next level thus the false scan. Especially if the delivered time showed after most carriers were back or before most actually started delivering. When you call in if they can not pull up the GPS location of where it was delivered I bet that it is sitting in the station and an old scanner without GPS tracking was used to hide the false scan from the layers of postal management.
  8. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    Often, I'll see something marked as delivered a day before it actually arrives. I have had it happen enough times that it no longer worries me when this happens. Call the post office in the morning, explain that something was posted as delivered that has not arrived, and ask if they can help. Just don't worry . . . yet.
  9. cmcbass

    cmcbass Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2018
    I had a bass delivered to a wrong address once. The online tracking said it had been delivered, so I drove over to my parent's house to pick it up. It wasn't there, so I called usps or ups (I don't remember which it was) and they said they would figure it out. My dad called me the next day and said he found it shoved into a snow bank at the end of their driveway, which is about 1/4 mile long. Fantastic service!
  10. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Pownal, ME
    I work for the USPS and unfortunately, Jhengsman is most probably correct. PLEASE don't get me started. When I was first hired over 30 years ago, the USPS took some pride in doing a good job and making the extra efforts to ensure this. It has been a downward slide the last 15 years or so as the "corporate" schmucks running things have forgotten that the second "S" stands for SERVICE.
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  11. KohanMike

    KohanMike Gold Supporting Member

    In the past few weeks I've had a few deliveries tracking show delivered when it was not or just never gets delivered and I'm convinced it's the carrier being lazy, usually a substitute that doesn't care to lug a load of stuff, so stuffs it away for the regular carrier to deal with.
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  12. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    With the caveat that it was not the sub's call. He probably reported that he had run out of time, or perhaps that it was too heavy for one person and the supervisor knowing that he would have to answer for that tracking number enters the falsification scan into the system. It goes in waves what false code is used and then upper management says not to use that particular code
    It might be business closed, and then comes the order never to use business closed and everybody shrugs their shoulders when asked how we should report a piece when the business actually is closed. It might be no access to a building, a hazard on the street or just attempted and you find a notice when you were there all day.

    Having just rewatched The Wire it is postal version of juking the stats. Done successfully a station's customer service supervisor becomes a manager and a manager becomes a postmaster.
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  13. Kro


    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    I've had this happen to me two or three times over the past few years, specifically with USPS. In each instance the item was delivered the next day.

    Super frustrating if you're looking forward to the delivery, but I wouldn't be concerned just yet.
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  14. redstrand


    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    When we lived in the city, a whole three blocks from the post office, we had the worst service ever. So many issues.
    Now that we live in the “country” no issues at all. Always get mail and no shenanigans. FedEx on the other hand still effs things up and saves packages in weird places. I also just have things delivered to my work where I know they’ll be safe.
  15. HarveyRobertson

    HarveyRobertson Lowdown Showdown

    Apr 3, 2018
    Benton Kentucky
    Porch Pirate or as you may have seen on the local news, disgruntled postal employees tossing mail and packages into the dumpster.

    My mail man has on occasion hidden small packages under my side stair case, in an outdoor chair with the cushion on top to conceal..

    Hopefully not a dishonest postal employee.. had one 2 years ago steal my razors by mail order.. didn't suspect it was him, thought it was a porch Pirate.. few weeks later was told by a temp that he was let go because he was stealing packages...
  16. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Go down to the local PO. Their computer is more up to date and accurate than what is available on line.

    I hope the seller insured for everything you paid.
  17. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    I hate reading these threads, I've got a midi bass with modules being sent cross country VIA UPS from Music go round.

    I can only hope that everything gets here in good shape.
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  18. I buy a lot of stuff through Amazon. If I look at my delivered orders on their website it's amazing how many of those orders claim the package was hand delivered to a resident when I almost NEVER encounter an actual delivery person myself, and my husband is gone all day.

    Delivery people play games with their reporting for whatever reason. Hopefully it gets delivered to you soon.
  19. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    I'm going to start ordering everything I can from Amazon. I understand they just got approval for drone delivery.

    What could possibly go wrong?
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
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  20. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I bet it helps guarantee those end of year bonuses for their boss. We should be really glad they're not writing the history books, for future generations...

    ... probably not very accurate.

    If they're going to fudge the scans to make themselves look great, why don't we ditch the current system and just go back to, 'Surprise! Your package arrived, today!'.
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