ckeilah wrote:How do you manage to convince him to do that? All my deliverators, save the FexEx guy, are Procrustean drones.
Yeah, mine too. Our regular FedEx guy is totally cool, he actually calls to make sure it's OK to leave it. Of course, I made sure I caught up with him and thanked him with a couple of nice bottles at holiday time.
For a while, there was a UPS regular guy who would leave it, but he got hurt and we had a succession of temporaries who went strictly by company policy. Now I don't know what's going on: sometimes it gets left, sometimes they leave a tag. And I can't ask when I see the guy, "Are you the one who left the last 2 shipments when I wasn't home?" If he's not the one, somebody might get in trouble.
I understand why the laws require an adult signature, they (and we) don't want alcohol falling into the wrong hands, which is the reason some states (NJ, I believe) ban such shipments altogether. And UPS doesn't want to be held liable, so their policy is to obey the law, for which you really can't blame them.
So whenever they leave a tag on the door, I call right away and tell them to hold it for pickup. That gives me a week to get to the UPS Depot, which is only 3 miles away, and stopping in on the way home from school only takes me about a mile out of the way. I really feel for the folks who have an hour+ drive. That would begin to eat into the considerable savings we enjoy here.
If you can manage to catch up with the driver once, and get him to make a second loop, be sure to thank him properly, but don't leave a gratuity in advance, hoping he'll leave it. Somebody posted here a few months back that he did that and the guy took the money, but didn't leave the wine.
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