Post of­fice inanity re­mains strong

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I’d like to alert Guardian read­ers to an inane Canada Post rule, lest they fall vic­tim to it as we did.

Ear­lier this sum­mer, we took a three-week trip to Poland. Nat­u­rally, I had the post of­fice put a hold on our mail.

On July 15, at the POLIN Mu­seum of the His­tory of Pol­ish Jews, in War­saw, I bought two copies of the Mu­seum’s Cat­a­logue; I paid a hefty fee to have the cat­a­logues sent by ex­pe­dited mail to our home ad­dress in Char­lot­te­town, be­cause I planned to give one to my sis­ter when I visit Toronto shortly.

Con­se­quently, the books ar­rived while we were still in Poland. Now, con­sid­er­ing that we had put a hold on our mail, we nat­u­rally as­sumed that even pack­ages would be held un­til we re­turned. But as we were in­formed when we re­turned, pack­ages are held only 15 days be­fore be­ing re­turned. So the books were sent back to Poland. In­deed, the clerk was un­able to even tell me who the pack­age was from and to whom it had been re­turned — I had to fig­ure that out my­self.

I have now had to con­tact the Mu­seum and re­quest that the re­turned books be shipped again to our Canadian ad­dress. Who knows how long it will take for the books to ar­rive back in Poland? And of course, we will be re­quired again to pay for the books to be mailed to us a sec­ond time.

We are left to won­der at the logic that ex­cludes pack­ages from all the other mail that was be­ing held for us.

Henry Sre­brnik, Char­lot­te­town

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.