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I don't understand... with the door swinging backwards, poor steps, and the shifters in the way how did the package end up there? 😁

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46 minutes ago, bitty said:

I don't understand... with the door swinging backwards, poor steps, and the shifters in the way how did the package end up there? 😁

Tetris?     😄

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At least ups can find your place...

I've been having ups drop off packages at the local coop since some were returned undeliverable a few years ago. It's almost a half mile from my property line to the house. UPS drivers can't always figure it out.

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At least they put them in a safe place where they would not get wet.  They are not real consistent at work either.  Found some in the bushes in front of our shop one day.  One day I was home eating lunch and watched a fed ex truck back in my driveway, doors opened from inside, packages came flying out and drove away.  Glad it was not anything breakable.  I also found some in the bottom of a four foot ditch in front of my house.   It was windy that day.  I feel like that might have been the problem.  I find it hard to believe they would have put them there.

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6 hours ago, bitty said:

I don't understand... with the door swinging backwards, poor steps, and the shifters in the way how did the package end up there? 😁

They probably had heard about the BAD reputation of the 86 series and figured no one was using it. LOL

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gota train them 

deliveries at the shop man door

I had the same issue with ups till I told them 

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I think it's somewhere between laziness and incompetence. I've found packages thrown on the ground at the end of my 1/4 mi drive on one end, and stuffed in the outside wood  box at the house on the other. I even went so far as to build a small shed halfway with a 6 ton gravel turnaround and a sign with the 4 delivery companies logo on it. And still, packages are just left random places. We have a considerable problem with package theft in our neighborhood, and this isn't helping at all.

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Up to half a mile away if its sumshine and unicorns out. Wont deliver if its any threat of weather.

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They're usually pretty good at driving to the house and often the packages are on the porch but sometimes in front of the barn or shop. I just hate it when they leave them on the ground next to the mailbox by the road. Fortunately we've not experienced the porch pirates yet.

My daughter used to have perishable stuff delivered. Our then UPS driver would put those inside our small attached lean-to garage!

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My friend’s mother ran off with the ups driver when we were in high school. As of a few years ago after a couple different drivers ups would still deliver to my friend’s wife’s parents house. They would not stop at his or his fathers place. His father would try to run any ups truck he passed off the road with his semi. I don’t know if he ever put one in the ditch but I know there were a few close calls. He’s the type of guy that I wouldn’t put it past him that he did but chose to brag about the close call instead of the full success. It was an ugly divorce to say the least. 

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15 minutes ago, 1256pickett said:

My friend’s mother ran off with the ups driver when we were in high school. As of a few years ago after a couple different drivers ups would still deliver to my friend’s wife’s parents house. They would not stop at his or his fathers place. His father would try to run any ups truck he passed off the road with his semi. I don’t know if he ever put one in the ditch but I know there were a few close calls. He’s the type of guy that I wouldn’t put it past him that he did but chose to brag about the close call instead of the full success. It was an ugly divorce to say the least. 

I understand why she ran off. Guy is an idiot if he blames UPS.

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1 hour ago, Paystar5000 said:

They probably had heard about the BAD reputation of the 86 series and figured no one was using it. LOL

I guess I didn't realize that was the same 86 series that I like 

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^^^^nice receiving box^^^^

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For a while this spring USPS wasn’t delivering to us at all.  UPS and FedEx still were, and they had to negotiate our 1/4 mile  mud lane, where the mailbox was right at the road.  I felt compassion for UPS and FedEx and put a parcel drop pallet by the road --  didn’t take them any time at all to start using that.

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Fortunately we haven't had a problem with porch pirates; they seem to be more common in suburban neighborhoods. Here's what one guy, who must have lots of spare time, did for revenge:

Edit: this is the first of a series, he escalated with improved packages.

 

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The real poor delivery service is Amazon Prime, my neighbors door is within 50' for my door on a city street. They appear to use me as a go between for their delivery service.

Best service in this area is the USPS, the driver actually, recognizes the name on a package not just an address.

 

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I started driving a UPS package car out of Milan, Illinois around Thanksgiving of 1977 and became full time right after Christmas. I was a bulk delivery driver before Christmas driving a 22 ft General Leaseways box truck, it did have a swinging side door on the right side and a big roll-up back door. I was supposed to get rid of as much of my truckload as possible then meet 4 other drivers at a church parking lot and get their pickup pieces and take them back to the terminal. Then help one of the night crew unload my truck and sort everything, then they sent me across the Mississippi River to the Davenport hub with anything bound for Iowa. And any Illinois Quad-City stuff went back to Milan with me.  I was home by 10-11 PM most nights. Until I got my own route I started about 10 AM. I ran 13 different routes in 13 consecutive days once. I was the highest seniority driver from my class of new hires. I ran all but a few of the rural routes and just about every city or town route except 2 or 3. I never ran my Folk's route or the route south of theirs.  I did get my home town for my Christmas route for X-mas 1978. Even got a brand new 5 cube package car to run that route.  But when the HR manager called me about 9 PM a day or two after Christmas there was NO hesitation in Me telling him I'd go back to FARMALL. SO Jan. 3rd I started in the front office,  newest of 13 material schedulers, if it was part of a tractor WE ordered and expedited it. UPS was sad to loose me, but my Dad was making Teamster wages driving for Farm Service, div of Growmark Industries and I was almost $4-$5 behind him when I finally got to top of scale. UPS was late on bumping my wages up on every single wage increase. I started at 75% of scale and every month bumped up 5% and they forgot every increase. They eventually increased my pay but never caught me up. I was lucky, we had a Union meeting spring of '78, March or April and I got a booklet of the contract. Somewhere around this house I have a notebook with EVERY Date I worked, start time and quitting time routes I ran and number of stops and packages.   I never worried about the pay checks bouncing but quite a few were smaller than they should have been. I'd eventually catch up to the Driver's Supervisor and tell him my pay was short, He'd write it down and I'm sure toss his note to himself as soon as I walked away.

     In spring anybody who ordered trees or plants mail-order got them UPS, most mornings our trucks looked like a jungle. Then when that slowed down some bolt & screw supplier shipped out a sample box of a plastic drawer in a plastic box with a zerk or two, a hairpin clip, a roll pin, pop rivet, capscrew and nut, about 1/2" x 2" split lockwasher, flat washer, star washer, and I had HUNDREDS of them. TOOK me a month to get rid of them all. Nobody that got one knew they were getting one. Guy that got one the day I delivered my last one opened it and showed me what was in the box, I realized I should have tossed them ALL in my car and taken them home. The plastic boxes slid together via tongue & groove,  would have made a great small parts organizer.

   The winter of '77/'78 was really bad around NW Illinois. Lots and lots of snow, and lots and lots of frost heaves in country roads, even some state & County roads buckled. Got stuck five times in 5 days one week, once in town in a trailer court. But in my defense the winter before, trying to get to a house before X-mas, a house I hauled concrete to 3-4 years before to pour the basement, I was in a line of a dozen cars/trucks, they'd make it half way up the hill spin-out and s-l-o-w-l-y back down and somebody else try. Nobody made it but I DID, in fact I knew the road turned hard left just beyond the road I needed to turn right on, but I made it, made my right turn and had other stops to make in this housing development. I did a 3rd gear start, rear wheels instantly started spinning and I feathered the gas to keep the rear from fishtailing.

      Then there was the stop I pulled into the barnyard, 4-5 people there plus 4-5 dogs of various sizes all who wanted inside my package car. Somebody signed my clipboard, we pushed as many dogs as we could out of the truck, I slowly backed out into the road, and slowly accelerated to my next stop. Next day I'm flying down the state highway south of town and one of the guys at the Dog farm flags me down. I stop, He accuses me of running over one of his dogs. I never saw anything laying in the muddy tracks my truck made in their yard, I told the guy that, He was adamant that I killed one of his dogs. I gave him the name & phone number of my Boss, and warned him when I got back to the terminal that night. Normally dogs don't bother me, was within 3-4 inches of a HUGE St. BERNARD getting hold of me over a back yard gate, I started laughing at 4 Big Black Newfoundland dogs at one house, they looked like crumpled up black lawn & leaf trash bags but they MOVED!   I asked the lady if she had the local feedmill deliver bulk dogfood to feed them all.

   I did find out the normal rural route driver that drove the longest route only went to the furthest small town maybe 3-4 times a month, he knew people that worked in other towns at places he stopped that lived in the little town that would deliver them for him. I ran that route 7 weeks and ran the most miles of any driver those weeks because I didn't know who those people were so I actually had to drive to that town. There was a woman's hair salon that got something almost every day. 

      I actually liked driving semi much more than pedaling packages. The pay wasn't as good but the dispatcher gave me loads I could be home every night and I had one of the newer trucks. I didn't want a tilt-cab, no sleeper bunk. It was tough getting the trucks worked on. My tractor had an air starter. Only 1 big battery and alternator with 2 belts. I loaded up a 45 ft trailer load of empty Round- up jugs in cartons for Monsanto in Muscatine Iowa, I pull out of the loading dock, took less than 10 minutes to load, flipped my lights on and instant squeeze of the fan belts, when the belts warmed up squeeling stopped. I delivered the load and pocketed an extra $50. I ASKED the repair shop manager if he could tighten my alternator belts, 15 minutes later he hunts me up, says I'm ready to go, and that afternoon when I pull out of the Continental packaging Company dock and flip my lights on ut's instant SCHREECH.  That was a Friday, I'm parking my tractor behind my house. SATURDAY morning I walk out to my tractor with  a Cresent wrench, flip the hood, loosen the alternator, pry it out a bit to tighten the belt, snug the alt. Down, check oil & water, drain all seven air tanks, check tire psi, make sure all the lights worked, I carried boxes of 1156 & 1157 tail lite bulbs, we did so much bob-tailing around Chicago bet I replaced 4-5 tailgate or back- up light bulbs a week.

 

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Yellowrose that is a great drop box. I built something similar when we were in Montana. All the mailboxes were located in a common area, and often there would be a pile of UPS/FedEx packages sitting in the weather. I was getting a lot of computer stuff and didn't want it sitting out.  Mine was not nearly as nice as yours.

Normally we don't have to much trouble with deliveries. We have a sign that says put all packages inside the sun room. We will occasionally find one sitting outside. Worst case was once I was waiting on some insulin. It didn't show up, tracking said it had been delivered, but it wasn't there. UPS finally got the driver, and he said he left it in "the red shed". All my buildings are red, I finally found it a day later. The shed it was in, he had to walk past the house to put it in that shed. 

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Holy smokes Denny, you're a great storyteller.

Do you have a writer's license?

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We had a terrible FedEx man, so many people had him on doorbell cameras etc brutalizing their packages. One had him literally drop kicking a recliner off the truck in the mud and peeling out, I know one person who ordered 4 tires, could only ever find 3 finally the 4th turned up a week later 4 neighbors down. He was so lazy if he knew where you worked, or someone you knew worked he would leave your packages on someone else’s car in their workplace for them to deliver to you. To save himself the time. 
Fedex ground is sub contracted here, so it is a sort of 3rd party thing, our UPS is very good. I like the new driver, he’s careful of my dog and my kid and always pleasant. 

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My wife and I grabbed a couple of days on St. Thomas a few years back during school vacation. Our UPS driver was on the same beach with his daughter, who went to my wife's school.

All of our UPS drivers have been good. At one time we had the same FedEx lady for years. She had dog treats and gave our dog the idea that every delivery truck must have them. He charged the UPS truck so fast one day that he went in one door, couldn't stop on the aluminum floor, and slid out the other side. It was hilarious.

Amazon driver different every time.

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We have great luck with our UPS drivers. Fed Up is another story. Last Father’s Day my wife and kids ordered me a set of truck floor mats. My wife was upset because they said delivered but not to our house. We are used to this so I went to looking at neighbors and the old abandoned buildings around (yes I have found stuff there) and nothing. So we called the main delivery number and all they said was delivered but wouldn’t tell us where. I caught the driver in town on day and he had no clue where he delivered it. I call the main office again and try to get them to give me the GPS coordinates of the drop off and no they won’t. We finally said fine that we want to file a claim because we can’t find the package and they tell us the shipper has to file. In the meantime my wife was so upset because I didn’t get my mats that she ordered another set from someone else and requested UPS shipping . They show up and I happened to be home when they were delivered. I jokingly told our driver that if he seen a box just like this somewhere in his travels it might be mine. Told him the FedUp story we laughed and went on his way also saying it wasn’t the first time he heard of it. Fast forward a month or more and our UPS driver shows up at smiling, he pulls a tattered rained on box out of his truck. Sure enough it’s my mats, he found them in front of a rarely used shop 38 miles away. They delivered alright wrong address heck even wrong town. I can’t stand FEdUp here. I bought our UPS driver a gift card for dinner where he lives as thanks.

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