Except this time. UPS has decided that apparently, going up the driveway to my house is just ~too much trouble~ and just left it at the gate by the road... without letting me know, and without flagging it in any way so I could find it. I was on campus the day of delivery, and when I checked before heading home the tracking notice said that it was delivered ~12:30.
Except that apparently "Location: Other - released" on a tracking number means they just chuck it on the side of the road. It has been four days, I have looked everywhere that the "detailed" note says it was left, I have asked all the housemates and most of the neighbors, and my package is missing. Completely missing.
The biggest problem I have with this is that UPS cost me a number of discontinued/out of stock items. Some of the pieces are just basic o-rings, tapers, eyelets, that sort of thing. But the wood and horn pieces are irreplaceable, and I paid damn good money for them. I've been in touch with the seller, and they've filed a report/trace/whatever with UPS, so that's something.
I'm just. Really? Leaving a box "at the gate" on the side of a road? WTF?