New I-hate-my-neighbour stickers to protect Brits' packages
Postie ruling to reveal how much we trust next door with our sensitive stuff
From Monday the Post Office will deliver letters and parcels to the house next door if you're out - and hand out new "don't trust the people next door" stickers that will tell you at a glance what type of neighbourhood you're living in.
The Post Office asked for permission for surrogate deliveries back in July, and following a consultation which yielded more than 600 overwhelmingly negative responses, Ofcom has decided to let the postie drop deliveries off with a neighbour, even getting them to sign where necessary, though responsibility for packages will remain with the Post Office and Ofcom says it will monitor the situation.
Citizens who don't trust their neighbours will have to put up stickers, provided by the Post Office, enabling instant judgments on how friendly a neighbourhood is with just a glance into the doorways.
The Post Office argued that other delivery companies, with whom it is required to compete these days, already have the right to leave stuff with the house next door, while it has been bound to wait for the householder or keep the parcel at the post office for collection, both of which are more expensive than dropping it off with someone nearby.
The consultation attracted hundreds of responses, around two-thirds of which were anonymous, but are almost universally against the scheme. The reasons range from the simple:
"My wife doesn't want delivery to our neighbour as she doesn't get on with them."
... to the complicated, from the Children's Hearing Society ...
"We often have extremely confidential papers sent to Panel Members (PM). Should they inadvertently be opened by neighbours, very serious details of other people's lives could be accessed."
... to the surreal ...
"At number seven we have a religious nut who it appears from what she says spends most of the day praying in the bedroom with one of her children, I would add that she is perfectly harmless, no aggression but unfortunately her head is on another planet."
In many areas delivery to a neighbour is already common practice despite the rules, and the vast majority of people aren't thieves so it doesn't matter, but the divisive nature of the stickers is a concern - who'd want to be the only house in the street with a sticker, or without one!
Come Monday you might find out your neighbours aren't as trusting as they seemed, so perhaps you should get your retaliation in first? ®
Re: Oh come on
Tell me about it brother... I've seen it in action, after "missing" a number of deliveries I decided to sit in my front room one day and wait... I saw the van pull up, I saw the guy jump out, I saw him walk to the mail box (no-where near my front door), I saw him shove a card in it, jump back in the van and drive off... best of all my digital camera saw the entire thing as well, and so did his supervisor.
Normally I take a dim view of dobbing, but he wasn't a postal worker, he was a courier and the goods he was delivering cost extra to be sent that way...
Re: Oh come on
How many times have you not answered the door because the doorbell didn't go, only to find a "missed delivery" note on the floor with your post despite the fact you were hovering around the door waiting for the postie to turn up with the new shiny you ordered and have been pressing F5 on the track&trace web page for the last 3 days...
Thankfully my neighbours are trustworthy, but not the best implementation. Just goes to show what happens when you take a universal service and allow competition on all the profitable bits while neglecting the unprofitable ones. That and the demise of handwritten letters in favour of emails.
What to do?
I don't trust my neighbour, he is a psychopath and will refuse to hand over any packages to me which are left with him.
On the other hand i can't put up a sticker as he'll realise that I know he is a psychopath, and will probably put a brick through my window because of it.