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Australia Post in Canberra – what’s the point?

By allyroger 23 March 2011 39

Was working from home a few days ago, looked out the window and saw the postman putting my mail in the letterbox (outside), i briefly nodded to him as we made eye contact. 

Thought nothing of it until I went to collect my mail and found a “sorry we’ve missed you” card in the box. 

He couldn’t be arsed getting off his motor bike to give me the package even though he saw me through the window and my car was outside. 

Why do they even bother delivering?, perhaps they should just drop me an email so i can go pick up my post and save them the bother.

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LadyxBec 10:36 am 26 Apr 13

I LOVE my postie contractor – he’s delivered on weekends more than once, always knocks on the door is is generally an awesome bloke. The (only) time I was actually home when he knocked, he knew me by name (thanks to the many, many, deliveries I get). He even asked if I was ok with his standard practice of leaving parcels in the mailbox or out of sight on our steps because he thought it’d save me some time. I of course was!

I wish there were more like him and dread the day I move to an area with a less hardworking contractor.

A_Cog 8:46 am 26 Apr 13

These lazy f#%kers still do this all the time.

Aeek 9:31 pm 30 Mar 11

Well done allyroger, 1st time ever the door bell rang and it was the contractor delivering my package.
You may have made the difference !

3Jane 7:48 am 25 Mar 11

What you got was a Safe Drop, which is described on the austpost website. The postie probably didn’t even have the letter.

Watson 1:01 pm 24 Mar 11

andym said :

Lazy I said :

On a semi-related note I am looking for a new host for my PO Box after my local post office had two pretty decent screw ups.

Can anyone recommend a post office south side that can provide a PO Box and is open after business hours. eg. until 6:30pm – 7:00pm so I can pickup parcels without the related BS?

There used to be several around (usually attached to a Newsagents / Shops), but I am keen to hear recommendations if there are any decent ones left.

Tharwa – LOL

The Narrabundah newsagent/post office is awesome. Not sure what time they close. They’re open early though and you can pick up parcels on the weekend!

I’m lucky with our postie and contractor. No complaints there. Unfortunately the Watson post office is the pits and doesn’t have room for storing anything more than a letter-sized “parcel” so when I do get carded, I have to go to Dickson. Probably good because the Watson excuse for a PO offers the most dreadful service anyway and are incredibly slow (so it the chemist there).

Erg0 11:35 am 24 Mar 11

Garran PO is open 9-12 Saturday morning, which is massively helpful to households like ours where nobody is home during the week. I live in an apartment complex and had come to accept the daytime card dump as SOP, even when I’m home, but I actually got a knock on the door on Canberra Day(!) for an Aus Post delivery, so it seems that they’ve changed their ways recently.

EvanJames 10:35 am 24 Mar 11

There’s been a few of these discussions on Whirlpool, people seeing the postie put the card in rather than trying to deliver. I figure it’s the way of things now. Queanbeyan post office has a very handy way of dealing with it, their mail sorters are in there from 5am, sorting mail, so they opened a parcel window in the PO boxes room. If you have a red card, you present it at the window any time from 5am, and a PO person will go find your parcel/registered mail item, and you can sign for it and off you go.

andym 10:22 am 24 Mar 11

Lazy I said :

On a semi-related note I am looking for a new host for my PO Box after my local post office had two pretty decent screw ups.

Can anyone recommend a post office south side that can provide a PO Box and is open after business hours. eg. until 6:30pm – 7:00pm so I can pickup parcels without the related BS?

There used to be several around (usually attached to a Newsagents / Shops), but I am keen to hear recommendations if there are any decent ones left.

Tharwa – LOL

georgesgenitals 10:09 am 24 Mar 11

Our local contractor is good – always knocks on the door. Sometimes I work from home and collect parcels on behalf of She Who Must Be Obeyed, and they guy is always in a hurry, but friendly and courteous.

Maybe I should write to the post office and thank them for providing a good service, to encourage them to keep someone who is doing the right thing.

Bazz 9:51 am 24 Mar 11

Lazy I said :

Can anyone recommend a post office south side that can provide a PO Box and is open after business hours. eg. until 6:30pm – 7:00pm so I can pickup parcels without the related BS?

Waramanga seems OK, although I only use them to send parcels and not receive. It’s easier to pop in and out of than the likes of Weston or Woden and they are open longer hours.

Lazy I 9:33 am 24 Mar 11

On a semi-related note I am looking for a new host for my PO Box after my local post office had two pretty decent screw ups.

Can anyone recommend a post office south side that can provide a PO Box and is open after business hours. eg. until 6:30pm – 7:00pm so I can pickup parcels without the related BS?

There used to be several around (usually attached to a Newsagents / Shops), but I am keen to hear recommendations if there are any decent ones left.

Bazz 9:11 am 24 Mar 11

My postie gets off her bike and brings a little book to the door for me to sign when I get a registered letter or small parcel. My parcel contractor also takes the time to knock on the door and wait. I think that it all depends on who is on your mail route and the mood they are in! I have also had parcel contractors in the past who didn’t give a toss and would only leave a card in the letterbox….

molongloid 1:30 am 24 Mar 11

Phone Australia Post. Complain. Deliveries in O’Connor took a turn for the worse mid last year when the previous contractor moved on. The new guy didn’t last long, after numerous complaints like those below.

Davo111 12:48 am 24 Mar 11

if you’re regularly getting parcels, why not leave a cheap ute box out the front of your house (with an open lock attached. Leave a note on the inside of the lid that says something like “place parcel in here, and lock please” then leave the lid open.

cleo 11:16 pm 23 Mar 11

No they can’t leave a parcel on your doorstep, I would recommend to tell the person sending the parcel to write on it, and say card if no one at home with a smiley face. Yes I’ve been home all day and had a card left, in regards to the postie saying we can’t leave our vans open to deliver to units, well lock it up ‘Lazy’

cleo 11:14 pm 23 Mar 11

No they can’t leave a parcel on your doorstep, I would reconmend to tell the person sending the parcel to write on it, and say card if no one at home with a smiley face. Yes I’ve been home all day and had a card left, in regards to the postie saying we can’t leave our vans open to deliver to units, well lock it up ‘Lazy’

toriness 10:48 pm 23 Mar 11

silentMac said :

At least you get a card. My local Australia Post delivers the parcel whether I am here or not. Three times I was away on short work trips of 1-3 day duration and arrived home to find a parcel I was not expecting on the front doorstep and it had been consistently raining each time. When I complained to AP, I was told that the sender had to indicate not to leave the parcel otherwise they were allowed to “Safe Drop” the parcel. ie. leave it in a safe location other than the letterbox. What could have possessed them to think on front door mat in rain was a safe place…

i see your ‘safe drop’ on the front doorstep in the rain ….. and raise you a ‘thrown over fence into my courtyard, then sit in the rain all day’ as the ‘safe drop’ delivery of my parcels!

Davo111 10:33 pm 23 Mar 11

inb4 contractor blame. oh wait.

CanberraGirl19 10:23 pm 23 Mar 11

Sadly, I’ve also experienced this. I have to say that they’re usually pretty good in my street, but sometimes I swear some of them just drop the card and run.

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