New post office policy?
Anyone else been asked recently what is inside the parcel they are sending?
Apparently there is a new policy to ask what are the contents are you are posting?
I was told if I did not tell them they would refuse the parcel, so I told them it was a book about post master stealing parcel contents, which brought a little smile from the post office worker.Posted 4 years agoeskayMember
Yes, they have been doing this for a while now.
I have stopped using them though (not because of that, I understand why they are asking) but because of their ridiculous prices).
I have started using Collect+. Print the labels off at home, drop into the local shop, they scan each barcode, give you a receipt and off you go. Dropped off five parcels this morning and was in and out in about one minute (and it was a fraction of the cost).Posted 4 years agosheepsSubscriber
I got asked about whether a GPS unit (which has a built in, non-removable Li-on battery) I was returning had a Lithium Ion battery in it… and the way the question was phrased suggested that if I said yes, they would refuse to take the parcel. I lied! The unit got to it’s destination and back again (again with Royal Mail) without catching fire or anything!!Posted 4 years agoRockhopperMember
“Batteries that are classed as dangerous goods by the latest edition of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions are prohibited. This includes wet spillable lead acid/lead alkaline batteries (such as car batteries), used alkaline metal, nickel metal hydride (NiMH), nickel cadmium (NiCd), zinc-air batteries, and damaged batteries of any type.
Lithium ion/polymer/metal/alloy batteries when not sent with, or contained in/connected to an electronic device, are prohibited.
Lithium ion/polymer/metal/alloy batteries are allowed when sent with or contained in/connected to an electronic device, but are subject to packaging, volume and quantity restrictions.
Sealed lead acid batteries are allowed in the UK, but are also subject to packaging, volume, quantity and labelling restrictions.
Alkaline metal, nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries may only be sent when new and in their original packaging.”Posted 4 years agop8ddyMember
The irony is that if you send using the self service counters, there is no such requirement for the Post Office to know.
I also have it in writing from PO head office that you do NOT have to disclose what you are sending, but that they have asked PO staff to ask intrusive questions.
Basically, all you need to say is “the goods I’m sending are not on the prohibited items list, I’ve checked”. If they give you a hard time complain. I’ve noticed a serious difference in attitude in PO staff recently. Very aggressive, and frequently downright rude. I’m always polite, but I’m not telling people what’s in my mail. That’s my business, and mine only.Posted 4 years ago
I’m asked about loose batteries in my luggage every time I fly. Just a better way of asking.
Are you? I can’t remember the last time I had a human interaction until boarding the aircraft, other than the usual security x-ray of hand-luggage. I’ve certainly not been asked for ID for a very long time…Posted 4 years ago
Ah, everything seems to be automated with a wave of my Qantas card at those red pillar things, then the Q-tags for checked luggage. I don’t actually have a human look at any form of ID until the air hostess scans my Qantas card and prints out my boarding pass at the gate.
I seem to have to produce more ID to get into the Qantas lounge than I do to actually get on the plane!Posted 4 years ago
yeah you can swipe into the virgin lounge now 🙂 I guess you just press the yes button rather than reading it 🙂 I managed to get bounced from an AirNZ auto checkin box as I had just admitted to carrying heaps of dangerous goods – more to do with muscle memory and it being 6am…Posted 4 years ago
I guess you just press the yes button rather than reading it
No yes button, just wave your frequent flier card near these things, the top lights up green, and you get a text message with your seat number.
It’s a good job terrorists only threaten international flights, isn’t it! 😉Posted 4 years ago
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