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I could never go to my nearest USPS again (vent)

I wasn't going to tell y'all about this cause Embarassed (yes that's my shame face). I will try to make this short. 

So weeks ago, I went into the post office to get my invites weighed and buy some postage so I could start putting them together. It came up to 65 cents a piece (not including the forever stamp for the return envelope). Ok cool. Fine. At that point I sent my mom's invite to AZ since she is yet to see the invitations. I also wanted to see how it would do since they wouldn't let me hand cancel. She got it ok, no problems. 

Last week, I went back to the post office to get my international invites weighed and sent off and also purchase additional stamps. This time the person I spoke to said that my invitations were "non-machinable" and I had to pay 20 cents extra to send them out. So I explained to him, that last time I was in there, I was told they were 65 cents, I sent one to my mom and she got it fine. He was like, well, it probably just slipped through. Usually what happens is that it comes back to you or the person on the other end has to pay the 20 cents to get it (never heard of this). 

I was like ok, dude, whatever. So I sent out my invite to the white house with just the 65 cents to see if it would come back to me. Haven't seen it back in my mail box yet. Then I proceeded to look up the rules as to what qualifies as "non-machinable" mail. He said that because of the slight bump on my envelope that was created by the ribbon, that it is possible that it gets caught in the machine and rips (WTF?!?!?). I read the rules and it says if a string or some other weird enclosure clasps is on the outside of the mail then it's non machinable. 

So I went in there yesterday to buy more stamps. And as soon as I saw his face I was heated (mind you I was already pissed off that FI picked me up and I looked in the back seat and there is a tire sitting on my leather seats WTH!?!?). So I turn to him and said, sir, I think you overcharged me on my international invites last time I was in there. I told him I read the rules and my invites do not qualify as non machinable. He said it did, I asked him to bring me the rules, he couldn't find it, then all the other folks at the counter started getting involved (thank God I was the only one in there). Needless to say it went way out of control, I guess I felt sort of attacked cause all of them were talking to me. So I started to raise my voice and I don't think I could repeat any of what I said...LOL. All over an extra 20 cents...LOL...

But I still am not sure what to do...after all that...all my invites now have a 65 cent stamp on them and I am scared s*itless that they come back to me or my guests have to pay 20 cents to get them?!?!? (when has that ever happened?)

I guess I will send out one more as a test....Frown I keep trying to tell myself not to stress....

Vent over...

Happy Friday!

(this was nowhere near short)

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Re: I could never go to my nearest USPS again (vent)

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  • OMG Ro! That is crazy! I'm so sorry they attacked you :( I don't understand how you sent two and they were fine? Maybe don't send them all at once. Just sprinkle them out. *shrugs shoulders* Maybe they only catch it if you send in bulk. I was worried too that when I went to test my invite it would be a different story once I came in to mail them all.

    Now I do remember when I met with with one of invite designers in my area she cautioned me that sending anything with ribbon was an extra charge. She didn't go all into the rules but I was warned so I stayed away from ribbon so I can't speak on it. But the post office should have told you that when you went in the first time.

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    not that it means anything but I've never heard of the addressee having to pay the difference either.  where exactly does that take place? in front of their mailbox? 

    go back in there head held high ro - if and when you do, printe highlight and underline section 164.44 (below) and hand it to him, along with your remaining invitations.  and add plenty of stink to your tude

    http://www.qsl.net/kg0yh/usps_rules.pdf
  • Thanks ladies. And that is my favorite post office cause they stay open late! I guess I will just have to send FI in until next year...LOL

    So I am at work not getting any work done reading about people's experiences with "the bump". What I think I will do is try to flatten them as much as possible. They are all sitting in a box right now compressed. So I think that will help. It was also suggested as you said MrsBoss, just don't take them to the post office, drop them in different mail boxes. I think I will try that. 

    There was actually someone that suggested to take the rules in with your invitations. I thought of doing that, but I think I might get arrested. LOL
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    [QUOTE]Thanks ladies. And that is my favorite post office cause they stay open late! I guess I will just have to send FI in until next year...LOL So I am at work not getting any work done reading about people's experiences with "the bump". What I think I will do is try to flatten them as much as possible. They are all sitting in a box right now compressed. So I think that will help. It was also suggested as you said MrsBoss, just don't take them to the post office, drop them in different mail boxes. I think I will try that.  <strong>There was actually someone that suggested to take the rules in with your invitations. I thought of doing that, but I think I might get arrested. LOL</strong>
    Posted by rowenac82[/QUOTE]

    well, it is a government agency, so if you nut up in there, it's federal, but um, they're their rules, so, as long as you keep your voice level........
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    [QUOTE]not that it means anything but I've never heard of the addressee having to pay the difference either.  where exactly does that take place? in front of their mailbox?  go back in there head held high ro - if and when you do, printe highlight and underline section 164.44 (below) and hand it to him, along with your remaining invitations.  and add plenty of stink to your tude <a href="http://www.qsl.net/kg0yh/usps_rules.pdf" rel="nofollow">http://www.qsl.net/kg0yh/usps_rules.pdf</a>
    Posted by sultryzulu[/QUOTE]<div>
    </div><div>LOL...thanks Sultry! I think I will go up in there with all the rules to state my case and had them my invites.

    </div>
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  • My mother works at the post office and she said that it depends on the clerk that is helping you. Some will let it go through and some are more "take my job too serious" and will make a fuss about any little bump. I would suggest you go to another post office and see what they say.
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    [QUOTE]My mother works at the post office and she said that it depends on the clerk that is helping you. Some will let it go through and some are more "take my job too serious" and will make a fuss about any little bump. I would suggest you go to another post office and see what they say.
    Posted by madimyluv[/QUOTE]

    <div>Yea I pretty much realized that it just depends on who you talk to, that's what I said in my "exchange" with them. Thanks for asking your mom for me. </div>
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    I've actually paid the difference on a piece of mail with inadequate postage. the mailman usually asks if you are at home instead of just returning the mail.

    FYI it sounds like hand cancelling the invites would solve this issue
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    [QUOTE]I've actually paid the difference on a piece of mail with inadequate postage. the mailman usually asks if you are at home instead of just returning the mail. FYI it sounds like hand cancelling the invites would solve this issue
    Posted by M1ssJ[/QUOTE]

    <div>They told me that it doesn't make any sense hand cancelling invites since it still has to be run through a machine when it goes "downtown". So I guess I should take them downtown...I will look into that...</div>
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