• Yes, it is wonderful that the home accessories & furniture that we purchased from Pottery Barn & L.L.Bean arrived on time or 4 days early. And that all items were packed PERFECTLY… allowing for the inexplicable delivery incompetence that followed.
• Yes, it is wonderful to know that $800.00 worth of merchandise can sit in our driveway in front of our garage door ALL NIGHT IN THE POURING RAIN without anyone or anything in our neighborhood stealing or destroying it.
• But NO!, it is not wonderful to find out that UPS thought it was acceptable to leave said merchandise in our driveway without telling us that it was there.
In what is yet another example of the subtle irony that infuses my life, confuses my mind and exasperates my soul, Zen-Den got home from work some time before 6:00 p.m. last night. [Rather unusual, but he knew that I was making scallops + orzo for dinner– and that boy is a nut for scallops.] If he had come home later, as is his wont, then he would have stumbled over the boxes in front of the garage. But, of course, that is not what happened.
I’ve had merchandise left in the driveway before, but in those situations the delivery person: 1) rang the bell; 2) knocked on the door; &/or 3) left a post-it note attached to the sidelights around the front door so that it would be noticed from inside the house. NONE of those things happened last night.
Instead, here’s what happened. UPS delivered the merchandise some time after Z-D got home. We know not when. Both of us can testify that no one came to the door to alert us to the fact that our stuff was here. Plus, being the reasonably prudent people that we are, we even opened the front door before going to bed to make sure that our new stuff wasn’t sitting on our front stoop or that there was a note stuck to our front door.
We were lucky that when we found the water-drenched corrugated cardboard boxes this morning at 7:00 a.m., they had held tight so that our two lamps + lamp shades AND three side tables DIDN’T suffer any irreparable damage. However, I’m NOT HAPPY that my stuff was left out in the rain all night. Would you be?
All of which brings me to the point of this rant. UPS CAN DO BETTER.
And that, my friends, is all I have to say. Thank you for listening.
[Photo on the left from Pottery Barn: Sutter Adjustable Lever Lamp + Linen Tapered Drum Lamp Shade]
[Photo on the right from L.L.Bean: Black Painted Cottage 2 Shelf Side Table]
[Well hello there FTC! Very long time no see. I haven’t been specific in my posts of late so there’s been no need for me to add this sort of disclaimer. But today’s post is different, so let me assure you that I was in no way compensated for my opinions about the above items & situation. We good? Take care then. See you later, no doubt.]