Package arrives 3 weeks late despite overnight shipping

This world is full of surprises, especially when it comes to the U.S. Postal Service. A few years back, I found it took 103 days for a letter from Grants Pass, Ore., to arrive in my mailbox. At a latter date, I received a priority mail package that took four days to arrive from Santa Rosa. I would think the pony express could do better than that.

The payoff was on April 12 when the mail carrier beeped his horn and delivered a priority mail package to me. It had priority labels everywhere, all sides and on top. I opened the package from Minnesota. I found a stick of venison salami, nearly two pounds in weight. It was covered with mold.

I pondered the situation for a while then looked for the mailing date. It was mailed March 19, more than three weeks earlier. The mailing cost $7.55, and of course one cannot put a price on wild game salami.

I loaded my goodies in my car and a short time later was at the Crescent City Post Office. A young man waited on me. He asked when I received the package. I told him it had been delivered to my door that day. He looked at the box and said, andquot;It arrived here on March 21.andquot; So far as he could tell, it had been on the shelf in Crescent City for three weeks. I suggested he slice the salami and have each postal employee eat a portion. If they did not die, I would eat the rest. He declined the offer.

I then called the sender of the package. He was very unhappy. He said he paid for overnight shipping. It arrived in two days.

The postal employee said there nothing he could do about it. The Post Office left it on the shelf for three weeks, and when it began to emit a foul odor, must have decided it was ripe enough to deliver.

Fred Bohner

Crescent City