What IS It With These People?

Parcel Delivery Man - Parcel Delivery Man... no time to get to door.
@Darkwing (21588)
February 1, 2008 3:05am CST
Delivery men, I mean. I have a new modem on order, for faster internet and expected it to take five days to come. So... I'm stirring in bed this morning, at 8 a.m. when there's a loud rap at the door. Now, I'm pretty slow at getting out of bed in the morning, because I'm suffering still with a knee problem which stemmed from my RSI. So, I got out of bed, loosened it up a bit, and headed for the stairs, to go down and answer the door. I have nine stairs down to the front door. So, it being Friday, and I guess the guy in a hurry to get his deliveries finished for the week, he had popped a card through the door and rushed off before I even got to the stairs! What happened to knocking twice, and what's the crack here? The card said that the parcel needed a signature, so he'd returned it to the depot and would attempt delivery the next working day... at least, he'd found time to mark it with a cross! Now, I have to wait until Monday, and get up really early, after Sunday's evening shift on the bar, which finishes at 11 p.m. Now, what's the betting he doesn't arrive until after lunch? Does this sort of thing happen all over, and when it does, how do you feel? I was frustrated to say the least and am about to phone the depot and complain about him not giving me time to answer the door.:) Got my grumpy hat on now!!!;)
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
1 Feb 08
He really should have stayed awhile and made sure you werent home! at that time in the morning but then ya know they do get in a hurry on last day of the week. I think I would call them and say something about some people dont move as fast of others. and I usually holler Coming to let them know am on the way to the door lol hugs hope he comes early Monday!
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@Darkwing (21588)
2 Feb 08
My curtains were still drawn at the front, so I'm sure he had some inkling I was around. He just couldn't be bothered to wait for a reply, my friend. I was really angry with him, and come Monday, he will get a flea in his ear, I can assure you! lol. I didn't get close enough to holler, my friend, or I would have done, from the top of the stairs. He was gone... no sign, except for a card on the mat. As for Monday... I hope he comes about ten o'clock, when I know I'll be up! lol. Brightest Blessings, my dear friend. xx
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Feb 08
oh lets hope so so ya can put that bug in his ear lol. Glad I dont have stairs here but if we build on top I still wont have to go up them for I will keep my bedroom I have now
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@Darkwing (21588)
3 Feb 08
Well yes, sometimes I wish I could put my bed downstairs but there wouldn't be room in my place. There's just a little entrance square at the bottom of the stairs to my flat. Could never lie down in that space, let alone put a bed. There are three steps up to the front door, and then nine, inside stairs up to the flat. :)
@anonymili (3138)
6 Feb 08
Oh hun! I feel for you! I really do! You have no idea how many times I've worked from home in the morning as I was expecting a delivery and had a card popped through the letterbox telling me to re-arrange delivery and no delivery attempt made in the first place and then even more headache after that. I've basically got to a stage now where if a company "attempts" delivery and leaves a card, I call them up and tell them to return it to the sender and then I cancel the order and get it from somewhere else just to make a point. If companies use these stupid delivery companies who stick a card through your letterbox before you even get to the door after they've knocked, I've no intention helping them retain their contract. One morning I had just put out the rubbish bag and less than a minute later I remembered some stuff to put out for recycling and by the time I got to the front door there was a "we tried to deliver but you weren't in" card, I yanked open the door (they hadn't even knocked on the door) and saw the delivery van just driving off around the corner. Grrr these jokers make me sick! And if I can contribute to these shoddy companies losing their contracts I will carry on doing so! x Oh and I didn't think you were stalking me hun, I thought it was amusing! xx
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@Darkwing (21588)
6 Feb 08
Hey... Good For You, making a stand against the delivery companies. Why didn't I think of that. There are far too many of them employing impatient kids who don't want to be doing the job anyway. As long as they have a driving license, they get a job. Half of them are probably working on the national low pay rate anyway, if you get my drift. Can't say too much more there for fear of reprisal. I think I might take a leaf out of your book, because this is not the first time I've had problems and I certainly don't agree with their ethics... if indeed, they have any. Yes, it was rather amusing... I meant it as a joke. lol. Everywhere I went, you had just left... how funny! Then I look at my discussions and you're in there. Spooky!!! Are we spiritually connected or something? lol. Brightest Blessings. x
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@anonymili (3138)
6 Feb 08
Glad I've given you an idea. I think we were possibly both looking at the discussions with no responses - I try to change my pattern of responding from time to time - then I went back to see if there were any further responses and saw your jokey comment about not stalking me and it made me go to your profile to see your latest discussions. xx
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@Darkwing (21588)
6 Feb 08
Lol... there's one small difference. I was working on New Discussions at the time, but apart from that, yes, we seemed to be working the same circuit. lol. xx
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• United States
13 Feb 08
I worked as security at a delivery company and spoke with many drivers. They do things like that all the time! While they do have a lot of work and are sometimes paid based on how many deliveries they make per day it sure would be nice for them to wait to be sure no one will answer. Even when I am expecting someone it might take me a bit to get to the door, depending on where I am in the house when they show up. If I didn't know when they were coming I certainly wouldn't be waiting by the door all day for them to show up!
@Darkwing (21588)
13 Feb 08
Hi AxranaRose! I'm thinking that if the drivers are paid pro rata on the number of deliveries they make per day, then this could be the reason they don't hang about waiting for the recipient to open the door. Maybe they want to get away and make the next delivery, post haste! They never advise you when they're coming here, so there's no way you'd know when to be close to the door. Even if you did have pre-warning, then the time window is so wide, you still couldn't afford to hang around close to the door. A prime example of warning here is between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Ok... so that's a whole working day. Perhaps if the pay structure was changed, then they might have a little more patience with those who can't reach the door within ten seconds, huh? Brightest Blessings.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
4 Feb 08
I know I am a bit late here but yes it happened to me here You know how far the Living room is from the Door so you know I will not get there straight away but only a Matter of a Minute well they didn't even give me that time I hope they delivered your Parcel again and I hope that you did phone up Love you xxxxx
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@Darkwing (21588)
4 Feb 08
Yes, I do know. I think in your case, I'd be inclined to fling open your bedroom window and tell him you're there. ha ha ha. He delivered the parcel this morning. Didn't knock, didn't require a signature, just popped it on the doorstep and left quietly. Now go figure?*?*? Love and hugs. xxx
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
1 Feb 08
that is really nasty of the delivery man to not to wait for you to open the door and just run away like that... i will make a complain to the depot as well if i were you... i never experience this before as if somebody knock or ring at my door, i always shout from inside and ask whoever the person is to wait... and they usually wait for me to open the door because they know that there is somebody inside the house... i feel sorry to hear your story... hope you will get your modem as soon as possible...
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@Darkwing (21588)
2 Feb 08
Yes, it is bad. If I make it to the top of the stairs, then I will often shout that I'm coming, but by the time I reached this area, he'd gone and there was a card lying on the mat. Brightest Blessings.
@elisa126 (166)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I hate it when they do that,the ups guy is the same way here,I got 3 flights of stairs to go down,And he dont wait either I useally have to yell at him.to come back,Delivery people have no patience.
@Darkwing (21588)
2 Feb 08
I think they need to look two or three times at the guys they employ. The younger element are always in such a rush and tear these days. They don't have any consideration for older people and how long it takes them to the front door. If they have to wait over ten seconds, they get frustrated. Brightest Blessings.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I feel for you there Darkwig because our courier or fedex guy only knocks once and then leaves, thats why I am always running to the door when i hear his loud knock. You would think they would give you a few more knocks or minutes at least before leaving.
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@Darkwing (21588)
2 Feb 08
Yes, you don't mind them leaving quickly if they leave the parcel on the doorstep for you to pick up, but if something requires a signature, then they should knock at least twice, I feel. I'm sure he was on a promise for the weekend! ha ha ha. Brightest Blessings, my friend.
@mummymo (23707)
1 Feb 08
Awww poor Darkwing - I would like to get hold of the horrible delivery man who disturbed you and then ran off - maybe he thinks he's playing chap door run! I have had similar experiences (you know how slow I am) and I usually just call the company straight away and they get the driver to come straight back, unless it is Royal Mail and then you have no chance - in that case it is a trip to the sorting office! xxx
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@Darkwing (21588)
2 Feb 08
Well, he did leave a card saying he'd be back the next working day, but that's not always too convenient either. In my case, I'll have been working a six hour evening shift behind the bar on Sunday evening, until 11 p.m., which means I'm not home before 11.20-11.30 and need to unwind before I go to bed, so if he comes back that early on Monday, chances are, I won't even hear him. Plus, I'm all weekend anticipating the delivery of my new modem. Boo hoo!!! Brightest Blessings. xxx