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bluemax_1

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Welsh it is
When I was in Wales and heard the local, rural Welsh accent, a thought immediately popped to mind, "Huh... sooooo... do the locals in India speak with that accent because their native tongue is Hindi or Tamil? Or was it because the original colonial English teachers were Welsh?"

When I mentioned it to my UK buddy, he said, "Now that you mention it, every time I try to imitate a Welsh accent, it ends up Indian" 😂

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It didn't take more than a minute to realize that Tamil and Hindi both have the sing-song sound to them that people think of when hearing English spoken with a heavy Indian accent.
 

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Up until not too long ago, we had lots of problems with FedEx Ground and Home Delivery. Both in terms of reliability of delivery and condition of packages received. It's gotten much better in the past year or two.

They used to miss deliveries and then put in codes for "gate was locked", (there's no gate on our property or in the subdivision), "dangerous conditions", "high water", none of which applied. It got to the point where I'd call them and give them a ration.

The other day, the USPS failed to deliver a package I was home to receive. They put in a note online that said that it was "left at the post office at customer request". Really?

Pathetic.

I feel your pain, Jo.

Back to gravel. Our worst offender is the neighbor across the way. If I could legally dispatch him, I would.


(Note to NSA / CIA / et al...I'm just kidding about the dispatching. It was humor. Get it? Humor. Now recall the drones and take the black helicopters away.)

o_O;)
I used to have issues with the FedEx guy (and occasionally, USPS).

Stuck a security cam that captures the mailbox, driveway entrance and road and records to the cloud 24/7.

Next time I got one of those "Delivery attempted. No one home" BS or something similar, I called up FedEx CS and told them, "The driver never even attempted delivery. I have video footage. Would you like me to send it to you?". They said, "No. That's OK". Problem never happened again.

Same thing with USPS, when they'd do the lazy, "Package Delivered", but it's nowhere to be found AND the camera footage shows they NEVER stopped by, but the package magically appears the next day, or day after. I heard that it was usually related to Amazon 3-day delivery.

They would mark the packages delivered, within the timeframe, then only actually deliver it later, at their convenience. Called wuth the same thing about the camera footage and that problem magically resolved itself too.
The FedEx guy is the worst. We have told him to slow down a couple times but he is just a jerk. One day when he was delivering a package I saw him walking on the other packages to get to ours out of the back. And my package was a case of wine which clearly had a this way up and he was just holding it sideways with one hand. That guy is just rude.
Couple decades ago, I ordered a Carbon Fiber hood for a track car. One of only a few that had been imported to the US (shipping to order it directly from the company located in Japan would've been ridiculous).

Had it delivered to the shop that had the car. They call me up and say, "There's a problem". The lazy POS delivery person had pulled the box out of the truck, then dragged it to the door. (It's a friggin CARBON FIBER hood. Yeah, it's big, but it weighed MAYBE 20lbs including the box and packaging).

Dragging the one corner on the asphalt had worn through the corner of the box AND ground about 1/2" off one corner of the hood.🤬

The shop didn't have a camera capturing it, so it was the shop employee's word (they watched the idiot stop at tge end of the driveway and drag the boxnup the driveway) against the delivery driver's, and FedEx never compensated me for the damage.
 

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I had a UPS driver chuck a firstly rebuilt machine tool spindle out of the back of his truck onto the concrete. Probably weighed about 90 lb. I had to file the casting to get it to fit back into the machine tool. I filed. A precision machine tool spindle. To get it back. Into the casting. FFS
 

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I had a UPS driver chuck a firstly rebuilt machine tool spindle out of the back of his truck onto the concrete. Probably weighed about 90 lb. I had to file the casting to get it to fit back into the machine tool. I filed. A precision machine tool spindle. To get it back. Into the casting. FFS
No. I dont like this at all.
 

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Was thinking the same...if it couldn't handle that, seems more of an inadequate packaging issue IMO.
UPS felt the same thing. They didn't fault the driver, they faulted the shipper. The box was a reused 3D printer box and the shipping material was not that great.
Honestly, it probably wasn't the driver, but happened during transit.

Still, the box was 70lbs. and dropping it out of the back of his truck to the ground made me cringe. Ultimately passed the responsibility on to me and the shipper. I then had to file a claim with Paypal which made me feel bad for the shipper. The shipper went back and forth with UPS for over 30 days. I got tired of waiting and told Paypal as much. They ruled in my favor and sent my money back. The shipper was out a broken box and the $1100 dollars, and I lost out on a Gerstner box.
 
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