- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
So…earlier this week I went to the post office with one of my wedding invitations. I had stamps on both the rsvp envelope and the invite envelope, because I was heeding warnings that the stamp weight is sometimes enough to push your invites into a higher postage category. So I was prepared. The lady at the post office tells me they weigh 1 oz. I ask her three times if she is sure that they are only 1 oz and if she is absolutely positive that a 44 cent stamp will be enough. She says, “Yes, yes, 44 cent stamps are fine.” I don’t know how I could have made it any more clear how important it was to me that she get this right. I even asked her if the ink from writing the address would push the weight over 1 oz. She said no and laughed in my face.
Cut to this morning. I take all 104 of my stamped invites to a different post office for mailing. They immediately tell me I have the wrong postage cause my invites are 1.1 ounces. I tell them that’s impossible, because Wylma at the downtown office assured me they only weigh 1 oz. So, they weigh them again. And recalibrate their scales and weigh them again. And weigh a few different ones to make sure. All 1.1 ounces. I need more postage. And just so you know, the only 17 cent stamps they have available have a hammerhead shark on them. Great.
So I immediately leave that post office and drive straight to the downtown office, where they originally lied to me about the weight, and ask to have my invites weighed again. This time, they tell me my invites are 0.9 ounces. This is where I began shaking with anger. So I say, “I don’t think so. Because the workers at XYZ office just told me they weigh 1.1 ounces.” The response, “Oh…maybe I should recalibrate my machine. Oh right. Yes, they weigh 1.1. You need a 61 cent stamp.” Rage.
So lesson learned. When the postal worker weighs your sample invite, ask them to recalibrate their machine and do it again. Then go to a different post office and have them do the same thing, because the first one can’t necessarily be trusted. And even then, you might want to put extra postage just to make sure, cause apparently the post office doesn’t care if it’s misrepresenting the weight of your mail to you.