Wife's long wait for special card

PUBLISHED: 12:46 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 15 June 2010

I purchased a Valentine card for my wife. To make it look better, and a nice surprise, I decided to post it and put it in the post box, which is 100 yards from my house! I stuck on a first class stamp and posted it on February 13. Regrettably, this did

I purchased a Valentine card for my wife. To make it look better, and a nice surprise, I decided to post it and put it in the post box, which is 100 yards from my house! I stuck on a first class stamp and posted it on February 13.Regrettably, this did not arrive on Valentine's Day - the 14th. However, four days later, on Saturday, the postman requested me to pay £1.06 penalty for an oversize card. This I did.Much to my annoyance, this card was not delivered until February 26. It had taken 14 days to travel 100 yards!As I see things, the Post Office is changing its image and trying to become insurance agents. I certainly would think twice if the same company takes 14 days to deliver a local letter.I did not realise the card was oversize. Surely it could have been delivered on the appropriate day with extra to pay? OK, you will say I needed a larger value stamp but, living in a small village with the Post Office closed on Wednesday afternoon, it's a bit much to expect one to drive six miles to a main Post Office to find out the correct postage.A very disappointed writer and a disappointed wife, who got her Valentine card 13 days late.G FullerHomeleaPayhembury


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