Has the Post Office Machinery ever eaten your mail? Was it important mail?

@writersedge (22577)
United States
May 12, 2008 10:04am CST
Usually it just eats the covers of my magazines which if I was saving them to be worth money as a collectors item, I would be upset, but I'm not. I got a chewed up insurance statement. Normally, that wouldn't be a big deal either, I just would go online and see what the missing info was. But unfortunately, this was one of the very few times (1/100) that the medical provider did not take this insurance, so they paid me by check directly. Guess what,you guessed it, the check is partially chewed up. So what has the Post Office Machinery chewed up of yours? Did you have to get a new one? Did the post office do anything for you besides put it in a plastic envelope or did they even do that? Mine was in a plastic envelope with a generic apology on it. Do you think the bank will cash my check? Do you think I will have to wait for a new one?
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@kykidd (6818)
• United States
12 May 08
The post office bent up an envelope with tickets from Wheel of Fortune, which were free to me, but a once in a blue moon chance because the show was going to be in Chicago. Problem was, they didn't put the tickets back in the envelope...yeah that's right, they gave me an empty envelope. The tickets were irreplaceable too. So I was very upset. For you, I think the bank will take the check...depending on how knawed up it is. I have actually taped them back together before and never had any problem getting them cashed. Good luck!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
12 May 08
They ripped off the entire bottom left hand corner of the envelope so my name is barely visible and my address is missing, and no, I didn't get the bottom corner of anything, not the statement, not the envelop, not the check,nothing. Wow! I would have checked to see if somebody used those tickets. Most postal employees in our area are honest, but once in awhile. . .. There are bad apples in every crowd. Too bad they couldn't be replaced, otherwise two empty seats. I hope you get the chance again and I hope they send the tickets by computer and your computer can handle it/stays working. Who knows, they might go back to Chicago again.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
28 May 08
I went, they said the routing number was too ripped up, couldn't tell what it was. Had to call the insurance company and get another one issued. They did it and didn't charge me anything for the new check. It was worth a try. Thanks and take care.
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
13 May 08
Yes, that has happened to me a few times actually, most of it was not important mail, but one time my aunt mailed me a gift card for my birthday and the post office chopped the entire envelope nearly in half, and of course it went right through the middle of the gift card, and split it in half. It was for Target, so I brought the torn envelope and the apology note from post office and the broken card and btought it to the service desk, and talked to a manager who replaced the card for me. I thought that was nice. So all is well that ends well there. You can try to bring the check in, as long as the tracking and account info is still on it I don't know why they wouldn't take it. I would definately try to cash it, the insurance company might charge you to issue a new one.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
13 May 08
That was very good of Target. We're supposed to get one here in the fall, they're building it now. I will try today to cash it. Insurance had better not charge me for a second one. I have proof from the post office that they messed it up. Thanks and take care.
• Canada
12 May 08
They have eaten an enveloppe once I was sending to a buyer (I sell stamps). Fortunatly it was a very cheap stamp (1$). I did receive the letter back about 3 weeks after having sent it out. It was completly open, dirty and the postal workers had tapped it more or less securely. The stamp was intact, so I made another enveloppe and sent it back to my buyer.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
13 May 08
Wow! I can't believe that worked out. Good for you. Thanks and take care.
• United States
12 May 08
I received a thank you card from my sister-in-law that looked like it was mangled by an animal...lol About a year ago I sent out a money order for an Ebay auction I won and about a week later, I received it back, from the Post Office, with a note apologizing and claiming my money order was found loose with the mail.... no envelope, no invoice...but atleast I received the MO back. Thankfully I put my entire address on the moneyorder (and yes it was a postal MO) so they knew where to send it back to.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
12 May 08
Wow! Some ebay auction stuff has deadlines for payment. Speaking of which, I have deadlines for paying the hospital back with that money or I will get penalties. Hope your sister-n-law didn't think you did it, had a grudge against her. Thanks and take care.