Atropos (atropos_lee) wrote in bad_service,

Special Christmas Delivery – a cautionary tale

Britain’s bright red cast iron letter boxes, many dating from the early 19th Century, are a staple of traditional Christmas card designs, often pictured dusted with snow, and with a cheeky robin perched on top.


There is one in my aunt’s village, which she has used every week for 30 years, and it is a pleasure to walk the 100 yards from her door to the box, on a crisp winter's morning, well wrapped up under sparkling blue skies, to post one’s Christmas cards, and to contemplate those messages being carried by the Royal Mail, by van, train, plane and on foot, from one tiny English lane to the friends and family scattered across the far corners of the world.


Which is just what my aunt was doing, last year, as she stood posting her cards in the slot - until the mail van approaching to empty the box backed up, mounted the curb and crushed her against the Victorian iron, breaking both her legs.


My aunt and I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

Tags: baaaaaaad service, omfg, postal service
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