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In Which I Try To Bribe The United Parcel Service - cellophane — LiveJournal
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In Which I Try To Bribe The United Parcel Service
Sometime last week I decided to splurge, and I ordered myself a fancy new colored printer off of Ebay. I do not have a reliable printer in my house. I have two very old ones that don't work well, and a less-old-but-not-actually-mine one. So the gist of it is that I can't really print anything of a quality that I like anymore. Also, even if I just want to print out a single photo, I need to take a disk to a drug store, which is a pain. I want something that will allow me to print stuff like letters, web pages, and the occasional photo at home.

So...one impulsive night I zipped out to Ebay, looked around at printers for a bit, and picked out one that I thought looked cool and reasonably-priced. I didn't put nearly as much research into it as I probably "should" have, but generally if I research things too carefully I end up paralyzed by indecision and a desire to find the Perfect Deal. (Consider, for example, the fact that 2 years later I still have not purchased a new bicycle (although I'm gonna - soon!).)

Anyway, that brings us to friday evening when I got home from work. On my door was a UPS sticker. They had tried to deliver my package, but it required a person to accept the package and personally sign for it. A personal signature?! What's up with that?

I have had tons of things delivered to my home, and they are always just left on my porch. I've never had a problem with it. I can't believe these evil people are withholding my printer for a live signature. I'm so bummed...I've really been looking forward to playing with my new printer.

What to do? I live alone, and I work all day. I could have it dropped at a neighbor's, but I'd rather not bug the nice woman across the street if I don't have to. Also, the whole reason I ordered it online was because I'm not very mobile yet, and I didn't want to try to carry it home from anywhere. After fuming about it for awhile, I decided to try the following:

On personalized stationary, I wrote a polite note. Here's the basic gist of it. "Dear UPS Person, I work until 6, so I probably won't be home when you visit. I live in a very safe neighborhood. Please just leave the package on my porch, this has always worked fine in the past. cheers, Renniekins"

I then signed it, and I signed the back of the delivery slip. I also filled up a zip-lock bag with candy, and taped it to the bottom of the note with a "PS - for you!" added, and a smiley face.

I taped the whole collection to my front door, and crossed my fingers. Hopefully the UPS person likes candy, and/or takes pity on me. Hopefully tonight I'll find my shiny new printer on my porch instead of another depressing note on my door.

Wish me luck!! Think package-leaving thoughts, think package-leaving thoughts, think package-leaving thoughts.....
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cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: May 3rd, 2004 09:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Probably just the ebay seller trying to make sure the stuff gets to you - signing the UPS release is usually enough to get them to deliver if you're not home.

When you get more into the bike-buying time, let me know. I'm in the market for a set for Jen and I, too.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: May 3rd, 2004 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Good luck on the bribery! If it doesn't work, can you have it delivered to work?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 3rd, 2004 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Yes, that's what I'll try tonight if this doesn't work. I'd just rather not have to carry it from my office->car->porch steps->house, if I can avoid it.
jebra From: jebra Date: May 3rd, 2004 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Come see The Spouse's new bike when it arrives. It's also an eBay find and should be pretty darned comfortable.
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: May 3rd, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
good luck!!!
(cookies and candy should work... but then my office is small enough and I know our office UPS guy by name... so most of my personal stuff I just have shipped to the office where I know I'll get it... accept the 'toys' that stilldocked bribed me to buy for him under my name...

if it doesn't work out I'll just have to send you my HP printer w/o the signature requirement... (not quite three years old... but been used very little cartraige ran out... and now I just print things at work when I need to... )
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