- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I went to the post office this morning at 8 sharp… only to found out they’ve changed their hours and are now only open 9 – 4. Ugh. So i was late to work AND had to come back at lunch. First problem. When I went back at lunch, I tried to buy postcard stamps but their machine was broken so I couldn’t buy them because I didnt have a check book on me and they couldn’t accept debit or credit cards. Second ugh.
Since i couldn’t actually buy anything, I decided not to waste my second trip and so I asked about hand canceling. I showed her a sample invitation I’d sent to myself. It is a regular size business envelope with a tea length invitation and two small tags tied on with twine. I knew the twine might be risky, which is why i sent one to myself to see how it would hold up. The invite came through just fine, but the envelope was slightly dented where the twine was tied in the back. I asked if hand canceling would help the envelope from getting dented and if they could do that.
The woman immediately made a face and then said very rudely, “No way! We would not do that ever.” I was a little taken aback since I’ve read so recommendations to ask for this to be done, and I would be willing to pay for it. Before i even had a chance to say anything, she started going on about how my invitation was wrong (“You cant do this!”) and how i needed to buy 70 cent stamps. I knew there was a risk that the twine might bump it up to 70 cents but… i sent one to myself and it was fine! And her explanation that my envelope was non machinable…
If my invitation is non machinable and i would have to pay 70 cents because of this, what are they going to do? Still run it through the machine? or what happens? I thought if i have a 70 cent stamp, then they would cancel it a different way. Which is what i was asking for! I’m so confused. The woman proceeded to tell me how i just got lucky and it would be a big risk if i tried to send them out this way. She tried to show me that it was too thick by pulling out the board with the standard allowed thicknesses but i could clearly see that my stuffed envelope could easily fit through the slot even with the small bump from the knot. Funny how she brought it out and then never slid my envelope through because she could probably tell it would fit, too.
I don’t know what to do. I would rather not have to buy 100s of 70cent stamps when i already have tons of forever stamps and i have proof it goes through the mail without being returned or getting postage due. Especially if paying for the extra postage is still not going to put them through any different machinery, anyway? But the woman scared me. Ahhh. :/ even though my sample invite was mailed through HER post office!! Ughhh…. i think FI is going to try another post office. I just hope it works. And i hooe their stupid card machine works! lol