Saturday, May 28, 2011
One of those days
Total cost... $33.04.
No. I am not joking. After expressing my astonishment he recalculated and came back with the same figure. I reiterated that I was shipping a paperback book that weighed 1.6 lbs, that it was neither an overdue library book, nor a rare first edition. The numbers did not move. I then pointed out that I could purchase the book brand new on Amazon.com and have it shipped by two day delivery via UPS for 1/3 what he was proposing to charge me. The numbers did not move.
Needless to say the book is sitting on my desk under my right arm as I type. Come Tuesday I will stop by the Post Office and send it for perhaps $4 Book Rate.
I don't want to disparage the gentleman who waited on me. Nor suggest that UPS is a poorly run company staffed by a bunch of simpletons. So I will confine myself to observing that if I owned UPS stock right now, I would sell it.