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So I ordered on behalf of an Amish gal three floor rugs. I ordered them at the same time from Amazon, within minutes of each other because she wanted new rugs as they are hosting church on Sunday the 17th of February. I ordered them on February 5th so we had plenty of time for them to arrive. Two of the three rugs came via UPS. I ordered them and they arrived three days later like clockwork. Alas, the third rug was sent via the United States Postal Service, run by the same profit and efficiency motivated folks that would run the New Green Deal. I live in Indiana. This rug was coming from Ohio. See map and also note the location of Detroit.
Looks pretty straightforward. Ohio borders Indiana. Easy, right?
Apparently not. We started off OK...
OK, so far, so good other than the 8th being the same day that the packages sent via UPS arrived. Next step.
OK, Pittsburgh is going the wrong direction but I assume it is a major shipping hub for the postal service. Next step.
Macomb is a suburb of Detroit. So not a direct transit to Indiana but I suppose we are sort of getting closer.
Uh. Now we are on Day 6 in transit and the rug is back in Pittsburgh where it was sent from some time over the weekend. Now granted I didn't major in geography in college but that doesn't seem to make much sense. Tick tock, church is this weekend. Now the update from Wednesday.
Oh, it is back in Detroit. Recall that on Monday it was already in a Detroit suburb before going back to Pittsburgh and now it is back in Detroit.
Fortunately at this point it left Detroit and ended up last night in the Fort Wayne postal distribution center, where it was transferred to our local post officer and delivered today with a few days to spare.
So in summary:
Ordered on the 5th
Shipped on the 7th
Two trips to Pittsburgh
Two trips to Detroit
Delivered on the 14th
Only a week later!
This wasn't sent via Amazon Prime so we needed to pay shipping for this rug. The shipping and handling cost for us was $5.49. I wonder if it cost the USPS only $5.49 to send the same rug back and forth from Ohio to Pittsburgh to Detroit to Pittsburgh to Detroit to Indiana?
Yes, I am sure that turning over all economic activity to the same people that run the Postal Service is a delightful idea.