After waiting patiently for about 3 weeks for a particular piece of international mail, I was finally rewarded with this:
Yeah, that is one end of the original envelope (or whatever remains of it) that was mailed by the sender. It almost looks like a dog ate it or something.
Among the contents of the mail, only some written material survived - a couple of priceless (sentimental, but not valuable in the monetary sense) enclosures in the package were missing.
This damaged envelope was packed in a neat USPS envelope (you can see it in below the damaged envelope in the image above) - probably as a remedial measure, after whatever they did with it.
Guess what’s written in bold letters behind the USPS envelope:
So, it’s an apology - and I appreciate that (I also appreciate the fact that they repacked it instead of burying it away and pretending that it never existed). But, I just found the loud “WE CARE” a bit amusing - it doesn’t really go well with how *carefully* the mail was handled in the first place. It’s almost ironic for that phrase to be going on top of an apology for mishandling.
OK, so this stuff probably happens rarely. But if that was the case, you wouldn’t expect a ready-to-use printed apology envelope, would you? I guess those envelopes must have been printed by the thousands - and probably are used by the thousands (?)
Here is another specimen (a package containing a Vanguard prospectus sent by Sharebuilder) that arrived on the same day - it looked like that at all the corners:
That one almost required the “WE CARE” band aid treatment.
At times like these, I am glad most of my sensitive stuff gets communicated electronically.