Mr Grumpy: courier delivery drivers
I receive a lot of deliveries by courier. They are mainly wine samples or online purchases. For example, I got a carton of lamb chops yesterday. They went to the wrong address and the courier delivery person chose to dump them without knocking on the door, but I was expecting that to happen so the chops were fine when I did finally track them down.A number of couriers choose to ignore that advice and leave packages in the open where they are exposed to sun and rain.
Because I receive numerous deliveries I have a large green courier bin. I ask suppliers to label deliveries with the instruction “Leave in green courier bin.” I attached a large label to the bin with the words “Courier Bin” in case they think it is a chair or coffee table.
A number of couriers choose to ignore that advice and leave packages in the open where they are exposed to sun and rain. When that happens, I send a polite email to the courier company asking if their delivery person could please follow the instructions on the package. Nothing changes.
Here’s a tip for overseas deliveries.
I receive a number of wine samples from Australia. Most arrive without a problem. Occasionally I will receive a call from the courier company or a customs official advising that I need to pay duty or GST. I refuse to pay, suggesting they return to sender. The package always arrives in due course. It’s cheaper to make a local delivery than to send it back across the ditch.