Saturday, April 20, 2013
Return To Sender
Nothing makes me sadder in mail adventures than seeing something I sent out weeks ago back in my mailbox with a sticker on it telling me it couldn't get to where I wanted it to go. :(
One time, I sent a letter to a pen pal in Germany, whom I had connected with through social media. I used the address from her awesome custom stamp and made SURE it was right. It came back some 2 weeks later, saying it couldn't reach her. So I sent her a message to double check the address, which was EXACTLY what I had used! I put it in another envelope, RTS stickers and all, and tried again with the SAME address and she got it 3 days later. One of those postal mysteries that leaves you scratching your head and going "???!".
And then there is the hassle of convincing people (mostly businesses) who send mail to individuals who no longer live at your address that they should stop sending things addressed to that person. (I'm looking at you, insurance company!) I had to physically walk into an office, hand them the stack of mail that had kept arriving weeks after I had made calls to remove my address from their list, and very slowly spell it out for them to STOP. SENDING. THESE. I think they FINALLY got the message!
I sent out to a pen pal from France a few weeks ago and it came back RTS. I had her parents address that she had given me as a backup though, and so far I haven't heard anything so maybe she got it and will write back soon.
Do you ever get things returned back to you, readers? I hope it doesn't happen very often!