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Monday, December 29, 2008

UPS: Ruiner of vacations

I still need to post a full write up of the glorious vacation I had back in November... however I pause to say that UPS has effectively ruined the vacation and cost me dearly as a result.

While back in South Dakota hunting I was successful in taking two deer and left the meat of at a local (to where I was hunting) market back with instructions to ship it out to me once complete, something they did back on 12/15 and with an ETA of 12/19. Given the date I made it a point to stick around the house that day waiting for it and despite my concerns given the weather that it might not come, was assured by FIVE separate people, including one in person that there would in fact be a delivery attempt that night.

Long story short, they didn't make an attempt and despite other assurances I was not able to pick the package up myself that night or the next day.

Why? They couldn't find it. Yes, they admitted that to me.

For a full 10 days the package was simply listed as "OUT FOR DELIVERY" and only at 6:10pm this evening, only after the meat locker called to complain did they finally miraculously find the package and make a delivery attempt.

Something tells me I should have had her call a week and a half ago.

While the drivers claim that it was still probably still frozen, I for one am not willing to put my health (or that of co-workers who I'd planned to share the meat with) on the line when during the last few days it has been over 40 (into the danger zone for food), and that during a stretch of 9 days of being above freezing.

So this post.. is intended to be a big ole thank you to UPS. Had I known you were so incapable of tracking packages and shipping perishable goods, I would have donated the meat to South Dakota Sportsman Against Hunger or made other arrangements for its shipment.

Instead 37 lbs of very valuable and delicious venison has almost certainly gone bad, meat that will not be replaceable until next November when the South Dakota deer hunting season picks up again.

So once again... Thanks UPS!


  • did you have it insured? that is very frustrating! I was looking forward to sampling some of that fine meat. Guess we will have to do some elk hunting after all here in WA.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:32 PM  

  • I'm not sure what the story is on the insurance, even though I technically own the meat, UPS largely refuses to have anything to do with me as I'm not the person who paid to put the box into the system... so it is up to the 'shipper' (ie the meat locker) to file a claim and me go through them to get compensated... though you can't exactly put a price on wild game (at least according to South Dakota law) so it's a wonderful situation all around.

    Re: Elk, pick a time and place and I'm game.

    By Blogger Brendan, at 7:26 PM  

  • you should run linux instead of windblows. seriously, i feel for you. too bad on the venison. better luck next time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:11 PM  

  • If running Linux could guarantee the safe and timely arrival of my packages... then I might consider it... otherwise I'll stick with application compatibility and ease of use thank you very much :)

    By Blogger Brendan, at 8:34 PM  

  • I think what Anonymous was realy meaning with the UPS & Linux comment was If you would have used Linux and tried to change video drivers, the 10 days would seem like nothing in comparison to the time lost in installing video drivers on Linux.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 12:26 AM  

  • This is excellent news. My congratulations to UPS for f***ing up the plans of yet another cretin who classifies himself as a "sportsman" when he runs around slaughtering defenseless animals with his gun. LOSER!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:33 AM  

  • Andrew,

    I'm sorry to hear that you would prefer the deer to become over populated, see a population wide starvation and have the number of vehicle strikes increase dramatically.

    Controlling their numbers via hunting is far more humane than the alternatives... unless you prefer that South Dakota just quits farming, a major source of their food supply.

    By Blogger Brendan, at 8:24 AM  

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