Let me start by saying that I have been a proponent of the USPS for years. The service is cheap, reliable and they go everyone in the US.
I’ve had a few incidents in the past couple of years (most notably an entire shipment — 12 packages — that NEVER arrived at their destinations) that made me doubt, but I didn’t give up. Today was over the top.
About a week ago, I sent one of my Facing North reviewers, Patricia Snodgrass*, a package of five books, USPS, media mail. It’s slow, but cheap — and FN doesn’t make money, its all out of pocket. Today I got home to three emails from her:
subject: The postmonster ate your packageGood Morning, LisaI received the package for the books but the envelope was torn open and the contents were gone.I am so sorry.
this has been such a shitty month.Pat
The envelope has media mail subject to inspection written on it. The envelope was obviously cut open. I’m sure the contents were tossed.Pat
Hi LisaI’m tracking the books from my end. Do you recall the titles?