r/Wellthatsucks 13d ago

The Fedex deliveries in my area frequently get lost. Today someone found 300-400 boxes in a ravine.

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u/GetOutOfTheWhey 13d ago

I am actually quite surprised that they wont know who the delivery person is.

If a courier serivce tells me that they dont know who the guy who delivered my package is, I would assume they were maliciously lying to save their own asses.

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u/Steam-Train 13d ago

Yeah this seems strange. I worked for Deutsche Post/DHL in Germany. Every package is scanned in when I loaded the van, and scanned out when I made the delivery. All attached to my company log in details. If someone didn't find or receive their package, and complained, the system would point back to me and I would get asked where the package was.

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u/ThePopojijo 13d ago

My guess is probably not dumped all at once. So mark a few as delivered toss them in the ditch blame their loss on porch pirates and save an hour or two per shift. Repeated daily over a couple months and boom package ravine.

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u/0ore0 13d ago

I hope the locals forever call it Package Ravine. One day it'll get renamed and in a few generations everyone will think it was always called that. And then this archived news post will detail the history of how Package Ravine was named to those who are learning about local history lol

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u/heybud86 13d ago

And decades from now it will be posted on r/todayilearned

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u/formallyhuman 13d ago

It'll be posted on /r/intetestingasfuck within six months.

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u/KaRue3 13d ago

More like a year, lol. This is the internet.

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u/bmiller5758 13d ago

When I moved to where I live now, I found out that one place was called "the chicken curve". I found out later it's because 60 or so years ago a truck carrying chickens turned over there. So it's very possible.

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u/fewrfsadf 13d ago

Sounds like FedEx delivery drivers aren't actually FedEx employees.

It works the same way with Amazon delivery drivers. Not a single one of them is employed by Amazon. They are instead employed by a "Delivery Service Partner" which is a company that contracts out their services to Amazon. So if one of these DSP employees were dumping Amazon packages in the woods, Amazon may or may not be able to tell exactly which human being is responsible. But they would absolutely be able to tell which DSP is responsible, and that DSP would absolutely be able to tell which human being is responsible.

Source: am one of those Amazon delivery drivers that absolutely is not employed by Amazon.

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u/joekryptonite 13d ago

One of these DSP partners recently started putting small packages in my USPS Mailbox and noting it as "handed to customer."

That's not only an incorrect description, they are also committing a federal crime.

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u/xXhijackXx 13d ago

never knew it was a crime until my courier class for fedex. swiftly stopped leaving document envelopes in mailboxes and thru door slots.

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u/JakScott 13d ago

USPS employee here. The thing even fewer people know is that if Amazon or somebody does leave a package in a mailbox and the letter carrier finds it before the customer does, we’re not supposed to leave it in there. Policy is to remove the package, return to post office and stamp it “Postage Due” so the customer either has to pay postage for the use of the mailbox or return the piece to sender.

That said, most carriers try to turn a blind eye because it’s not the customer’s fault. But still. Other courier services are either screwing up a customer’s delivery or putting a mail carrier in a bad ethical position when they do that.

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u/ku-fan 13d ago

IDK if the thru door slots are a federal crime to use. It's not the same as opening a mailbox where you have access to the customer's mail already in the box

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u/Robots_Never_Die 13d ago

Only FedEx Frieght and FedEx Express are FedEx employees. FedEx Ground and FedEx Custom Critical are 3rd party contractors.

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u/Josh6889 13d ago

I mean if it's true that it's contracted work the easy solution is that this dissolves the contract for failure to deliver on agreement. It doesn't really matter which individual is responsible. I'm just shocked it happened this many times before it was discovered.

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u/DannyBigD 13d ago edited 13d ago

"Hundreds" of packages is only part of a full truck. This time of year a full delivery truck can easily carry 500+ packages each.

Source: for over 15 hellish years I shoved, threw, loaded packages on trucks at UPS and FedEx

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u/artillarygoboom 13d ago

How did you manage that? I quit and moved on after two weeks.

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u/DannyBigD 13d ago edited 13d ago

At the time(1999) UPS was excellent money, full benefits and they offered tuition($3000/year). After 2 years of on the job weight lifting I grew from a scrawny former burger flipper to a somewhat less scrawny box chucker. The rest was easy after the first two years.

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u/BallsOutKrunked 13d ago

Why did you bail? My buddy is a ups driver. He bought a house, has a new truck, lots of hobbies, wife/kids, etc. Seems like a good gig.

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u/litlron 13d ago

Because the hours are horrible.

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u/musicianadam 13d ago

It's a soul-draining job. The end game there is to become a feeder driver and make the big bucks w/ benefits without the ridiculous amounts of overtime and back-breaking work, but because of seniority, it may take many years (about 15-20 minimum) to get that position unless you are lucky.

For people that don't plan on college I'd say go for it; the benefits are, sadly, hard to beat, and are probably the aspect I'll miss the most when I leave.

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u/Recinege 13d ago

I would absolutely agree.

They can check the tracking data on those parcels to know what days they went through their warehouses. Even if they didn't scan them specifically to any truck, or a lot of stock was shuffled around after the fact, someone knows who last had the stuff for this area.

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u/JHawkInc 13d ago

You misread the previous post.

FedEx doesn't know who the delivery person is because they used a courier service, and the driver's manager at the courier service 100% knows who the guy is.

The information isn't lost, and they're not lying to cover it up. FedEx just doesn't have that info because it's on someone else's database. It's not that nobody knows, it's that FedEx and the person who knows are two separate entities.

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u/32redalexs 13d ago

Told himself he’d do it once and then kept telling himself “one more won’t hurt”

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u/Filmcricket 13d ago

More confusingly…

Sheriff Mark Moon said it appeared the packages had been at the scene within the last 24 hours

Fucking bizarre.

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u/3percentinvisible 13d ago

Hadn't just been dumped for laziness (we've had posties in UK do this often) but kept for opening later to see what's worth anything, and then all dumped?

Or the sheriff means that the pile had been recently added to, not that the entire lot was just 24hrs old

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u/NotSoAngryAnymore 13d ago

They could have showed up 3 weeks ago or 3 minutes ago. They may still be there or they may not. But, at some point in time, within the last 24 hours, the packages were present in that location.

It's confusing because the cop said nothing we didn't already know. The reader wants new and relevant information. That quote provides none. The tendency is to start making assumptions about what they meant to say, but did not.

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u/Gunlessbayonet 13d ago

I lived in that area of Remlap for a couple years and I can garuntee that this is the reason. The area is hilly and the backwoods roads are horribly maintained. It's hell driving there, especially in something like a delivery truck. The house I lived in back then is likely one of the ones they skipped, come to think of it.

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u/Unnecessary-Spaces 13d ago

I mean they could check the barcode scan registry and see who had those deliveries.

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u/Doctor-Bug 13d ago

Hehe. FedEx ground.

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u/livens 13d ago

Wouldn't FedEx investigate when that amount of reported lost packages were in the same area?

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u/Razulghul 13d ago

At USPS the postmaster asks the driver specifically about every misdelivered package, if they remember that delivery, where they put it, etc

If ever there was a reason to keep USPS funding this has to be a reason. I trust USPS, I'll pay for it and if anything goes wrong I know it'll at least be handled correctly.

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u/CaffeineSippingMan 13d ago

They aren't tracked when they say they delivered? I used to work for a much smaller distribution company and we could tell if this happened. The miss puts would show a pattern pretty quick. Last year I asked USPS where my package was , they said the driver delivered to my neighbor's address, I asked how she knew the location, she said it was a GPS location, I knew it would be in one of the other mailboxes, (we have 4 mailboxes together in front of the address captured by GPS). I was allowed to look in the mailboxes and got my package.

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u/countytimex 13d ago

My Fedex packages always show up as delivered hours too early. The driver marks them all at once to save time at the beginning of his route.

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u/razuliserm 13d ago

"stupid little"? Mans just dropped his trailer off and left, with potentially thousands of dollars worth of merchandise just laying there. This has to be the biggest stupidest idea I've ever seen put to practise to "skip work".

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u/SluttyGandhi 13d ago

held onto the package until he came to this specific point on his route, then tossed it over.

Yep. Like a paperboy. Probably just assumed people missing their packages would assume the porch pirates got to it first.

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u/jlefrench 13d ago

Yes, this. Porch pirates are ruthless. It makes sense

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u/motorboather 13d ago

FedEx is absolute pieces of hot shit. The way their contracts are structured, it’s a wonder they even find contractors at all.

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u/Moshxpotato 13d ago edited 13d ago

The deliver driver associated with those will be treated like a war criminal

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u/FriesWithThat 13d ago

Tom Hanks didn't spend 4 years alone on a deserted island for this.

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u/Razulghul 13d ago

Makes me wonder if the delivery driver just ran out of gas with no way to charge their phone and has been using the packages to survive.

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u/countytimex 13d ago

That movie depicts the path of the average Fedex package

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u/AdamInJP 13d ago

I have medication delivered by mail, so…yeah, fuck this delivery driver.

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u/pocketmonsterscel 13d ago

My mom has important cancer meds delivered by mail.

Don't fuck with people's mail. Deliver it to the person it's supposed to go to. If you get a package that was sent to your address by mistake then take it to the correct person. Just the other day we got a package that was supposed to go two house down the street. I took it to them and apparently it was something important.

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u/salgat 13d ago

It's gotta be obvious for them who did this considering they have the tracking information for every single package.

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u/Muad-_-Dib 13d ago

I'd be surprised if the big delivery companies didn't have automated flags for drivers that always manage to lose parcels.

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u/SoulWager 13d ago edited 13d ago

Hard to say, it depends over what time frame this happened, and how common porch pirates are in the area. Though if they can't tell, I guarantee some manager is asking a dev team how hard it would be to correlate a GPS location to each "delivery", and then check how far it is from the listed delivery address.

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u/TAU_equals_2PI 13d ago

I love the honesty in the second article.

"We don't have a picture of the actual news story, so here's a picture of a random FedEx sorting facility taken in 2006."

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u/beachbumbabe21 13d ago

You as well!

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u/MomoXono 13d ago

I'm pretty sure there are laws against package dumping like this

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u/MomoXono 13d ago

Littering and?

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u/Day_Bow_Bow 13d ago

Smoking the reefer.

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u/BuckJackson 13d ago

Littering and?

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u/Jaustinduke 13d ago

And creating a nuisance!

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u/Deightine 13d ago

You can get anything you want...

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u/ShiningSquirrel 13d ago

I had UPs leave a delivery notice on my front door. They claimed they could not deliver it because they could not find my address.

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u/shavitush 13d ago

happened to me as well the other day, product got delivered, they reported to amazon saying that my address doesn't exist and amazon just refunded my purchase even though i received the product lmao

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u/PmmeLOTRmemes 13d ago

They're just doing you a solid

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u/hooperDave 13d ago

One time the deceiver driver hid the package so well that I couldn’t find it all day, so I reported it stolen. Two days later I get my replacement package and as I grab it I see something behind the pge gas monitor— the original package!

That smart meter is in a little cubby between our gate and our door. I definitely triple checked it but hey, free stuff!

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u/MyUltIsMyMain 13d ago

Three thoughts come to mind for this. 1. They didn't put it on your house but your neighbor did. 2. If they say address not found maybe it's an easier process for the driver somehow? 3. They're stupid.

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u/demomagic 13d ago

I’m gonna keep this on hand next time they tell me my package has been delivered

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

I told my mom from now on when we don’t get a package we will have to look in the ravine

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u/mossadi 13d ago

That would be a good option to add to their scanner along side the other delivery options.

Delivered to: A. Front porch B. Side door C. Garage D. Ravine

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

I absolutely think they should do that. At least then I know where to look.

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u/Mistor_Mike 13d ago

This is an actual thing. You have to put on your scanner where you put the package before you can confirm it being delivered. Source: was a fed ex guy

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u/Recinege 13d ago

Agreed. Source: UPS guy

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u/ExceedinglyGayParrot 13d ago

Amazon guy here, same shit, except we have a gps marker as well that USUALLY says where to put the box

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u/nemovincit 13d ago

Huh, I never would have figured. I thought Amazon just equipped their drivers with a truck and a quick release throw handle so they can try to hail Mary the package from the middle of the road to somewhere vaguely on the property.

You learn something new every day.

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u/bibkel 13d ago

One had to walk into my ditch, then back up, and pop it over my low fence-in the middle of that fence line. Out of their way to deliver it horribly. I have a huge driveway, and it’s about 30 feet to my front door. My address is extremely clear, and on the side of the house that door is, visible easily from the street. I’ve had Amazon and fedex both go into my neighbors yard and put my package at my back door over that same short fence. That door is more hidden with trees and such.

I work for UPS. that’s why it’s clearly marked. I know how hard it can be on the country routes.

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u/1re_endacted1 13d ago

Lmao fedex is giving you a treasure hunt at no extra cost! You should be grateful. /s

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u/Snoo-79038 13d ago

I knew of a guy that had mental problems and would stash important documents in a bush across the street from a barbershop he would hang out at every day.

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u/EretzTachtit 13d ago

Papers. Ya know. Papers. Business papers.

And what do you do, Mr. Lebowski?

I'm unemployed.

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u/BigOleDawggo 13d ago

are they empty, or?

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u/je_kay24 13d ago

I have had a FedEx package lost since beginning of October

FedEx says they have no updates on it so the company must file a claim with them to reimburse costs. Company reached out to Fedex and is waiting on a reply. They’re still waiting on a reply 2 months later

Company says that they can’t even reimburse me because FedEx hasn’t responded at all to their query

I was trying to be courteous to the company and let them resolve this internally but it now looks like a deadlock and I’m out of my chargeback period

tLDR: Fuck FedEx

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u/deadlywaffle139 13d ago

I really hate how now days it seems like every one is using FedEx? Are they the cheapest option or something? I seriously would pay more to get mine handled by either UPS or USPS. Every time I see my package is sent thru FedEx I just pray it will be here one day. Don’t even check the tracking anymore because that’s useless.

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u/tutetibiimperes 13d ago

I assume the quality depends on location. FedEx is great around here, though UPS and USPS are good too. I’ll pay more to avoid DHL though.

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u/AllInOnCall 13d ago

I don't know what dojo the UPS drivers train at but my couch in my tiny townhouse is right by the door and I can always hear people come up the stairs. I have sat there on days where they put the "sorry we missed you" sticker on the door and heard nothing. Every other time I thought maybe I was in the shower or out walking the dog, but no, they must silently fire the sticker onto the door from 300 yds out, its the weirdest thing the lengths they'll go to in order to fail to deliver a pkg.

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u/SaintDeLongview 13d ago

Just recently had a UPS delivery. They knocked on the door and in my fifteen feet of travel to the door they had already placed the try again sticker and were half way to the truck by the time I opened the door.

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u/DR4G0NSTEAR 13d ago

They must have put the sticker on the door and knocked on top of it and then ran. Is the sticker the new flaming bag of dog poo?

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u/THEBHR 13d ago

They really do this when they're running behind. The company has them trying to meet metrics that are impossible, so they pull shit like this.

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u/Ragnar_D 13d ago

For me DHL is the one I want, they are the most reliable when it comes to putting the package where I ask when I'm not there to receive it

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u/countytimex 13d ago

Fedex is why websites don't disclose who they use to ship. Because customers won't use them.

I got a computer last week they were supposed to get a signature for. I thought, maybe it will be all right this one time, because they can't just leave it.

Nope! They just left it. At the neighbor's address like always, and never got a signature from anyone. This is in the city, by the way. Every time that happens I'm lucky to get anything.

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u/deadlywaffle139 13d ago

Yeah I ordered a PlayStation the other day and on the FedEx website it said the package required a signature. I had the day off when they said they were coming so I waited all day. Nothing. Fine they were late again. I was at work the next day when they went out for delivery. I thought they were going to give me the sticker and pick it up the day after. Nothing. Left it on my door step. Luckily I have nice neighbors and nothing was taken.

Jeez I really don’t like FedEx.

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u/RMMacFru 13d ago

FedEx is the worst where I am. Next lowest...Amazon. I've had a UPS driver knock on my door and had me my Amazon package that Amazon left lying outside...and they never rang the buzzer, either. 😒

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u/coursethread 13d ago

Most people's experience with FedEx is actually FedEx Ground or FedEx Home Delivery both are run by independent contractors and basically you get your package when they deliver it. FedEx Express is the only one actually run by FedEx Corp and the offer 3 day, 2 day, and overnight service. And if it's really important they have a service called Custom Critical that will come to you pick up whatever and driver it straight to the destination for an ungodly sum. Point is the true FedEx (FedEx Express) works its the cheap shipping that ruins it. FedEx charges $170 for the 9am service and my location does 3,000 documents a day from $170-$90 I hate to say it but I don't think they prioritize the ground services.

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u/jvanstone 13d ago

Yes, Fuck FedEx.

My company shipped an expensive package overseas and it was "lost". We got a call from a company that just buys "lost" packages from FedEx... That's their whole business. They resell the items in the packages. That company called us and said that they don't know what the items are and asked if we could explain so they can sell them..We had to buy the package from them for $500 so we could get it back, it is no use for anyone but us. Seems like extortion or something.

Fuck FedEx.

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u/THEBHR 13d ago

Wtf? Fedex sold your package to another company and you paid to get it back? Why? Make Fedex pay you for losing it.

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u/scotchguards 13d ago

I’d turn around and sue. They held your items captive.

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u/jvanstone 13d ago

I want to, but they (FedEx) sold them to another company. I bought them 3rd party. Also, I feel like It's not worth the number of hours I'd have to put into it.

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u/fleazus 13d ago

Did you pay by credit card? If so, initiate a charge back stating you never received the goods.

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u/krunchycarbs 13d ago

this. I had an AC that I ordered and I was notified that it was delivered and signed for but never was delivered - at least not to my address. It was obviously delivered somewhere else and someone signed for it and kept it. FedEx had me file a claim with the company, and the company had me file a claim with FedEx. No one really knew what exactly to do until someone told me to contact my bank. I paid with a credit card, so contacted them. I was reimbursed within a few days.

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u/Steffidovah 13d ago edited 13d ago

I have a neighbour who always takes and keeps my parcels! This one time we were having 10ft high fences delivered and installed to keep my severely disabled brother safe (he has no sense of danger and would literally go out into the road without them). The neighbour signed and was letting them begin work until the delivery guy realised the house number was switched around. People can be scumbags but most times delivery people are decent.

The worst part is that the neighbour is a fairly successful gardener with his own business. He didn't need to steal. Just pure greed.

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u/TurkeyPhat 13d ago

People like him are holding back society. Trashcan of a person.

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

You better go check the ravine

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u/Strtftr 13d ago

Not the same, but I got the run-around between Amazon and a furniture company about a missing piece from my bedframe for 8 months until I just gave up and rigged a new piece out of wood.

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u/kaviw 13d ago

Out of a chargeback period?

Yeah, not a chance.

I’ve charged back shit months after, with my bank and credit cards. If you don’t receive an item, reach out to them and speak with your bank and card issuers. They will handle it and open a dispute. I’ve never heard of any bank or card having a period you can’t, especially with the claims that FedEx hasn’t been compliant. Reach out to them and resolve it.

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u/thinkingwithhispp 13d ago

Fedex lied and said they delivered my boyfriend's package on labor day.

They then sent him an email on the 9th saying the package was delivered on the 10th at 5:10 pm. Valve luckily just sent a new one out, but doubling down with a lie that the package was delivered in the future was a new one for me.

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u/BaldyKrishna 13d ago

Amazon sent me an email saying they were having delivery problems with an item I ordered and were cancelling the order. Said I'd be refunded once they received the item back. I said nope, refund me now cuz who knows if you'll ever get it back. They did (plus $10 for the hassle). Glad I did cuz a month later it showed up at my doorstep (after I had already purchased and received a different one).

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u/AquilamFlammeus 13d ago

Company says that they can’t even reimburse me because FedEx hasn’t responded at all to their query

If you paid them to provide the delivery they are still liable for it not arriving.

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u/cowskeeper 13d ago

The lost package burial ground

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

Oh no don’t worry. They’re bringing in fedex trucks to come get the packages and I guess.. redeliver them? At this point is that even safe??

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u/ThermionicEmissions 13d ago

Wait ...the packages are still intact(ish)? I would have thought the contents were taken and just the boxes dumped.

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

Oh no this guy straight up just threw them into the woods. As far as the news article reports the contents are still there.

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u/TheGushMaster 13d ago

How did you not open them and have the Most Interesting Apartment EVER!

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u/StaredAtEclipseAMA 13d ago

The cockroaches claimed the packages first. It would be rude to not invite them into your apartment.

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u/quantumcorundum 13d ago

So as long as they're non perishable goods they should be fine

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u/gucci-fxcktard 13d ago

My non perishable pc monitor is just fine after 2 weeks in the woods in a cardboard box.

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u/BottleRocketsAreBest 13d ago

First thing my mind went to as well.

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u/LumpusKrampus 13d ago

I got stuck trying to think what a perishable pc monitor would like. How much would a 27 inch LCD beef monitor cost?

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u/Deathrider208 13d ago

Its much easier to send a broken monitor back than it is to convince them to send another after the first "disappeared"

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u/xeio87 13d ago

Depends on the packaging, some stuff may be shrink wrapped and often surrounded by styrofoam so fairly safe even in inclement weather.

Probably has been written off either way by this point, so I wonder how much they actually attempt to deliver/return. I'd think mostly just auditing the losses so the driver gets proper charged.

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u/xmuskorx 13d ago

Maybe.

Monitors are often sealed in waterproof plastic inside the box. Worth a shot trying it out.

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u/advancedmetadevices 13d ago

You laugh but I RMA'd a hard drive in the fall one year and basically forgot about it because RMAs can take forever. Late spring time I decide to clean up the back porch in preparation for the coming summer, and as I'm moving stuff around, a weatherbeaten shipping package is spotted behind the stacked chairs I'd laid down so they didn't blow around in the winter winds we get. It was the damn hard drive. Box was trashed on the outside by the rain and weather, but the drive itself looked fine once I got it open. That drive is in my NAS this very minute and is going on year 6 of its faithful service.

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u/Schwisss 13d ago

Factory sealed packaging doing it's job.

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u/knighthawk0811 13d ago

Rain probably ruined everything

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u/Quizzelbuck 13d ago

This isn't Kamino. It might not have rained yet.

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u/JuggaloPaintedBallz 13d ago

A lot of it looks like Dog/Cat food

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u/-d-m 13d ago

I mean to be fair, every package I receive from FedEx looks like it went through this ravine distribution center..

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

New stop on route: ravine in Alabama. You’ll have your package soon if the raccoons don’t get to it first.

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u/sierrabravo1984 13d ago

I bet my new debit card is in that pile.

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

Better go start digging.

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u/jver1706 13d ago

Do not bury any cats or other creatures there! Sometimes dead is better.

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u/shadowjacque 13d ago

This is exactly how you get Cargo Cults!

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u/GMHGeorge 13d ago

This is how you get 75 lb raccoons shitting themselves in Depends while watching Netflix.

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u/Kylearean 13d ago

Maryland here: My neighbor told me that a FedEx truck routinely dumps packages into her backyard over her fence. She delivers them to the addresses because she's nice. Called FedEx, they didn't believe her, gave her the run around, etc. Even when she finally got someone who believed it, they weren't even bothered to try and figure out who it was.

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u/shea241 13d ago

One day I got a delivery notice saying "package left in mail room." I live in a single-family house.

On a hunch, my wife checked a nearby apartment complex and there it was. Simple mistake, right? Well, the lady at the complex said the FedEx guy dumps non-apartment packages there all the time. Turns out the same thing has happened to several of my neighbors. I guess the delivery guy assumes we'll figure it out.

There's another FedEx guy that delivers to my house all the time and he's really nice, so hopefully it's some other jackass.

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u/Mechbiscuit 13d ago

Reddit has taught me that work ethic in America is either hyper competent or hyper incompetent; there is no inbetween.

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u/Emergency-Ear-5732 13d ago

Yup. Either shit gets done right the first time, or it gets done just enough to become someone else’s problem.

It’s also the way with intelligence. Either you’re smart, or you’re fucking stupid. It doesn’t seem like there are any more “I’m just here to have a good time” people left.

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u/SENDS-POSITIVE-VIBES 13d ago

One of my best friends is one of those people. Always ready to learn but doesn’t know a damn thing, and he’s just a hard worker with 0 common sense. I love him to death, he has a great time being alive

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u/EtsuRah 13d ago

"listen it's either you take care of this or I'm contacting a media outlet."

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u/aapem356 13d ago

No, media first. Threatening them before you do anything gives them the opportunity to shut you up or fabricate a cover up story. Especially if they're ignoring your reports, at that point they're begging for it and they obviously aren't going to fix shit wether or not you threaten them.

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u/RMMacFru 13d ago

That's when I'd call the local TV station to make their day, news-wise.

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u/GEODisLetoIII 13d ago

That’s when you just start keeping things

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u/FrostyFoss 13d ago

I wonder if this is why Chewy sent my order twice unprompted after tracking stalled on the first package.

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u/hondavwtech 13d ago

Reminds me of when the divers finding Dexter’s burial ground.

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u/Ayroplanen 13d ago

lmao they're largely Chewy. I hear delivery drivers hate those since they're so heavy.

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u/k_ironheart 13d ago

I bought two cases of sparkling water because they were dirt cheap on Amazon. When I picked that box up from the porch and felt how heavy it was, I told myself I'd never do something like that again. I felt so bad for all the folks along the way that had to lift that.

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u/militant-moderate 13d ago

dude said fuck Chewy and their 50lb boxes

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u/Site55 13d ago

A PS5 somewhere in that lol

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

BRB, gonna go scrounge

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u/doubled2319888 13d ago

If theres 2 i call seconds

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u/gt0075b 13d ago

Those Chewy boxes can be heavy, often loaded with cases of canned pet food.

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

I guess they pushed that off the ravine instead of throwing it

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u/Fanraeth 13d ago

FedEx is absolutely trash. A couple of years back I ordered a record player and they claimed it was delivered. Nowhere to be found and I live far enough off the road that neither my neighbors or someone driving by can even see my porch. So I disputed the delivery. A few days later, someone turns up and they’re like “Oh, we weren’t sure what house this was supposed to go to, so we brought it back.” Okay, first of all, if you’re somehow unsure of the address despite my mailbox at the road, the post as the end of my driveway, and the numbers on my actual house saying my house number, you could street view on Google and see which driveway is the right one. Second, if you don’t deliver, you mark it unable to deliver, not mark it as delivered and just leave me thinking my package was somehow stolen.

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u/Hefty_Imagination_55 13d ago

This can't happen in Florida, because we have no ravines. Instead, everything goes into the swamp.

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u/Totheshops 13d ago

That seems like a lot for one guy, gonna have to throw out the whole staff

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

Oh for sure. This is either a whole team or this guy has been doing this for a while.

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u/keptpounding 13d ago

I have a friend who delivered for FedEx. He told me an average day for him is 100-120 stops. And sometimes those locations get more than one packages. This probably is only a few days worth.

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u/DJTurnTable 13d ago

I'm a FedEx driver and usually have around 50-90 stops. Coworker gets 120-170 stops, so this can definitely happen in a few days from one person.

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u/cerberus698 13d ago

Holy shit, wait what?!?! I'm a carrier for the postal service. You guys only have 50-90 stops in a day? We're still doing Amazons volume in my office and I usually have 200+ stops with parcels plus the mail. I have a guy works in my office who's job is literally to take some of the parcels on my route and an adjacent over burdened route and deliver like half of them.

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u/1re_endacted1 13d ago

I feel so bad for our Mail ppl. Sometimes they don’t come by until like 7 at night. It’s crazy.

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u/cerberus698 13d ago

I feel so bad for our Mail ppl. Sometimes they don’t come by until like 7 at night. It’s crazy.

Just to give you an idea of how bad it is right now, I've made 78k dollars this year. I have 3 or 4 more pay periods. My wage is 18.51 an hour. Time and a half after 8 hours, double after 10. Been going at this pace since COVID started. The math to make those 2 numbers even out is depressing =/

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u/kent_nova 13d ago

I have a friend that just started as an assistant carrier. She's working 6 12s a week. She's making bank, but IMO what's the point if you never get to enjoy it?

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u/cerberus698 13d ago

Its a good gig when you make regular =/ just gotta find a way to keep reminding yourself of that. I There are a few maxed out over time listed carriers in my office who made over 130k last year working similar hours to myself. When you're a regular you at least have some control over your life which takes the edge off the insane hours. If you don't want to do 12-16 hour days, just don't sign the ODL and then you get to go home when you're routes down for a while. Want the over time back? Sign it the next time its up. As a CCA/RCA, you're just accelerated into a wall of overtime at full speed with no way out but quitting or riding it through to the end.

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u/guyblade 13d ago

For those interested:

There have been approximately 234 work days so far this year assuming a 5 day work week or 282 work days assuming a 6 day work week.

78k / 234 ≃ $333 / workday

78k / 282 ≃ $276 / workday

The first 8 hours are 148.08 of that. The next 2 hours are another 55.53.

If we remove those from our per day numbers, we're left with a daily overage of:

$73 / day to $130 /day

Converting that back into hours gives:

2 to 3.5 hours beyond 10 per day.

So, either you've worked an average of 13.5 hours per day, 5 days a week or 12 hours per day, 6 days per week.

I agree with your assessment; that is depressing.

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u/TAU_equals_2PI 13d ago

How did FedEx become such a lousy delivery company? They used to be held up as the paragon of a well-run company. Now they're by far the worst of the big three (FedEx, UPS, USPS).

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u/jokekiller94 13d ago

Most of fedex people are 3rd party contractors.

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u/Quetzacoatl85 13d ago edited 13d ago

and this is also the answer to the question. reducing costs as much as possible without customer complaints getting unmanageable in the short term, contracting out to companies who treat their employees like shit and just good enough to not get sued and/or everybody quitting and scraping by on just being good enough to not getting booted from the next contract. you know, acting "economically" – lots and lots of "just good enough"; at least in the short term. but in the long term you get shit service, shit companies that have shit reputation, but why would the manager care who's already moved on 5 years ago.

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u/JudgeGusBus 13d ago

My suspicion is what we would call “suffering from success” plus trying to compete with the internet. Even 15 years ago, working at a law firm, we only spent the money for FedEx on the most important stuff, because you KNEW it would get there. We would send signed documents across town via FedEx because they were so important. Now as an attorney I can send secure signed documents for free, cutting into that particular business.

Add in that since everyone thought they were the best, they probably gambled on watering down their service, then kept doing it, until one day they aren’t that amazing reliable company anymore. I feel like this happens with almost any company. You get respected, you water down services to increase profits, and eventually everyone wonders what happened.

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u/acasehs 13d ago

I think losing a guy on an island was the start of the downfall. At least he had a volleyball to keep him company.

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u/Kylearean 13d ago

Wilson. He had a name. Wilson.

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u/TAU_equals_2PI 13d ago

Maybe Wilson was the brains behind FedEx's earlier success?

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u/BellerophonM 13d ago

The original FedEd is FedEx Express. They're still top-tier. In 2000 they bought RPS and rebranded it and expanded it to create the low-cost FedEx Ground, which is a totally separate thing to FedEx Express. FedEx Ground is the shitty FedEx.

The hope was that the name FedEx would let the shitty ground service trade off the well regarded FedEx reputation, but nowadays all it's done is ruin the rep of FedEx Express as well.

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u/Federal-General-9683 13d ago

Years ago fedex marked a long board I had ordered delivered despite it never showing up. I called and told them a month after it hadn’t shown up that they would have to buy me a new one for ~$400 bucks or deliver the one they were paid to deliver.. mysteriously it showed up two days later with foot prints all over it and dirt in the wheels because someone had been riding it for a month instead of delivering it to me like they were supposed to do. Fuck Fedex I will never use them intentionally.

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u/Spruce_Plank 13d ago

Free stuff!

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

I’m sure there are people digging through it right now

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u/Ddraig1965 13d ago

This was in Alabama. Read a deputy is guarding it.

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

Haha I live near this. I read it on the local news. I didn’t realize there was a deputy guarding it.

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u/Ddraig1965 13d ago

When I was searching for the story, I saw FedEx did the same thing in Illinois in June 2021

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u/RealisticYogurt6 13d ago

Am I missing something, is this a common problem? Do people drop them off there or what?

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u/Mr_Hippa 13d ago

Going on a complete guess, drivers dropping off packages to either meet the delivery quotas they were given, or dumping them to reduce their workload.

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u/Met76 13d ago

I absolutely bet it’s delivery drivers who can’t find houses that don’t have the house number visible because the driveway is a kilometer long and it’s not labeled because it’s a remote area so the driver says “fuck it” and gets rid of the pain in the ass shit to meet their quota or be able to clock out in time.

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

That’s my guess too. People don’t have very labeled houses in rural areas, so I’m sure he was like “their fault 🤷🏻‍♀️”

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u/Stealthshot11 13d ago

I started delivering pizza not to long ago and had this house that was up in the woods. What I didn't know was he had car sized "roads" carved out all over the place. I ended getting lost in the middle of the woods till I eventually found his house behind a dirt trail. Thankfully he was pretty cool about it

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u/pokey1984 13d ago

I'm in a rural area. I occasionally have a driver say they can't find my house. The procedure there is to take it back to the distribution center where they tell me it's my fault for not having my house labelled properly. It's no extra work for the driver if they can't find the house, they just don't stop and take it right back on the truck.

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u/Tangent_Cacophony 13d ago

Roses are red, spinach is green. 300-400 Fedex packages found in ravine.

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u/flargenhargen 13d ago

Doesn't seem like a great plan, they obviously track every one of those.

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u/HRzNightmare 13d ago

All FedEx Ground. They've been demolishing the FedEx brand for ten years.

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u/dulaph 13d ago

Marty McFly: Fedex Ravine was named after a teacher. They say she fell in there a hundred years ago. Doc: A hundred years ago? That's this year!

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u/SubconsciousBraider 13d ago

So, is it one delivery driver doing this?

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

I guess so. The last update on the news article said fedex is investigating it internally so I doubt they publicly say if it was more than one driver

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u/DangDingleGuy 13d ago

All of these packages are marked with route numbers that point to 1 specific driver. There's no way they don't know who did this. Source: am a FedEx driver

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u/Brian_C_B 13d ago

That explains why my dog died of starvation.

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u/Kimbeee 13d ago

RIP doggo.. waiting on a chewy delivery that was probably eaten by raccoons

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u/teufels4hunde 13d ago

Blount County Alabama

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u/OwlsDontFly 13d ago

What are the chances that a PS5 is in one of those boxes?