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27 March 2010 @ 12:50 pm
In what version of reality does it make sense  
for something that is being shipped USPS from Minnesota to Tennessee to go through Providence, Rhode Island?

Please note that I am in no way blaming the shipper. This is USPS all the way.

Chicago I could understand. Memphis I could understand. Columbus, Ohio, I could understand, although it's a bit to the east. Heck, even Atlanta I could understand, although it's several hours south.


ETA: My package has now backtracked 85 miles to Springfield, MA.

ETA again: Okay, just to keep track.

Processed through Sort Facility, March 25, 2010, 5:52 pm, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55413
Processed through Sort Facility, March 27, 2010, 12:55 am, PROVIDENCE, RI 02904
Okay, 31 hours from Minneapolis to Providence (approximately 23 hours via Google Maps, so that's quite reasonable assuming you allow the trip to Providence as logical in the first place).

Processed through Sort Facility, March 27, 2010, 8:29 pm, SPRINGFIELD, MA 01104
21 hours from Providence to Springfield (85 miles in 21 hours. Okay, that's a bit less than twice as fast as I can walk, assuming I could walk 85 miles, which I can't).

Arrival at Post Office, March 29, 2010, 8:40 am, MARYVILLE, TN 37801
862 miles, 36 hours, of which 24 were Sunday. Excellent!
Jim Hetleyjhetley on March 27th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
We once tracked a box of books (remainders) from a warehouse in New Jersey to Maine. By way of Salt Lake City.
Stephen Harrissweh on March 27th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've had UPS send my stuff backwards in time... although their co-ordinate tracking wasn't too good (it should have gone to NJ).

I've also had them get a package from KY to NJ in a minute (approx 700 miles in a minute => 42,000 mph).

Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on March 27th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Look on the bright side. They could have sent it via Guam.
griffen on March 28th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
I think the only appropriate response to this is "WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN".