We wanted to order a couple of things from Amazon including a new pair of Teva Sandles for me (Pretty Rugged Leather…Nice!). Anyway, I called the Perry PO before placing the order to make sure that that was how it worked…all was fine. Order placed; we sat back and monitored all of the package tracking stops (aren’t computers great) that our shipment made until, on Tuesday morning, we got that wonderful, “Your Package was Delivered” text.
Perfect! Right on time! Our plan was to pick up the package, check-out of our campground, and head west to our next stop at Mitford lake where our reservation check-in was Tuesday night.
Not So Fast. We got to the Perry Post Office….it was closed for lunch at 12:00…reopening at 1:30. That’s ok. Lots of small town PO’s do that because they aren’t very busy and they have limited staff. We waited in town….watched a couple of trains….and went back at 1:30. Five minutes later the door opened and I happily went inside and, being the only person there, stepped up to the counter, and told the lady my name and that I had a General Delivery package (big smile on my face).
“Who told you you could do that!?”
(Crest fallen) “Well, I called here and spoke to a woman and asked how it worked….”
“You didn’t talk to me….there are lots of people in and out of here. What makes you think your package is here?”
“I tracked it and got a notice that it was delivered”, I said as I got out my phone. “it was delivered at 9:15″.
“Let Me See That”. She takes my phone and starts scrolling through the Amazon package info. “Well, all this means is that it’s sitting out back on the loading dock! It has not been received here! I am the only person here and I have not been able to check packages in yet…..I don’t HAVE to have those packages checked in till tomorrow morning!
“Well…. (I’m getting irritated now) we planned to leave town today so what are my options?”.
“Where are you….out at the lake? You don’t have any options”. We close at 4:30 and I don’t know if I will get your package checked in by then or not….I don’t even know if you HAVE a package here” .
“I guess that means that I am at the mercy of your schedule”, I responded.
“I guess you could say that.”
“Can I give you my phone number in case you should stumble across it today?”
Ok, but I don’t HAVE to process it for pick-up till tomorrow morning.
We went back to the lake and arranged to stay another night….knowing that we will have to forfeit a night at our reserved campsite. To give her credit….the post office lady did call me at 4:15 to let me know that I did receive a package and I could pick it up today if I could get there by 4:30…not a minute later!
We picked the package up on Wednesday morning on our way out of town. I got a Very Chilly reception at the Post Office…..guess they don’t like strangers in Perry, Kansas.
Thanks For Riding Along,