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How The Grinch Delivers Christmas [Opinion]

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Like it or not the holiday gift giving season is coming. For most men it is a time of football, food and last minute shopping panic. For women it’s hours of meticulous planning and secrecy that can all come unraveled with the ringing of a single doorbell. Call it coincidence, call it unfortunate timing, I will call it a “bunch of jackwagons in the world of holiday shipping”.

My wife ordered a very special Christmas gift for my daughter Anna. It was to come in two different shipments. The first shipment came last Friday before Anna got home  from school. I retrieved the package from the front porch where it had been left. I thought to myself, “good thing I got here first”, because the contents of the package were printed in big letters on the side of the box.

Yesterday evening as I am on a conference call in my office at home my doorbell rings and rings and rings some more. It’s as if someone is leaning on the darn thing. My daughter realizing that I am on a call in  the office goes to the door to see what the commotion was. The package delivery person had left a large box leaning against the doorbell. Yes, it was leaning on the doorbell!  On the side of the large box printed in big bold letters were words that let everyone who could read identify what was in the box. The Christmas surprise has now officially been ruined.

Why would you print the contents of a package on the outside of a shipping container?

Is that not a security hazard to print the contents of a package in big letters on the outside? In this day and age where almost every package is dropped off at a front door, why would you advertise the valuable contents of the package with printing so large that it can be read from the street? Seems to me the plain brown box would be a much better option in shipping containers.

The whole idea of package pick up and shipping is a cluster anyway. Why is it that when you are required to sign for a package they try to deliver it at ten am. They then leave a note saying they will try back again tomorrow. When they do it is again at ten am. You’re still not home to sign for it. So that two day shipping you paid for has now turned into four days or even longer if the package delivery was attempted on a Friday.

I feel very badly for my wife. She works really hard to make sure the kids have at least one surprise at Christmas time. Now, thanks to the brilliant shipping department of a well known mail order house that little bit of Christmas joy has been taken away. ‘Tis the season, I can already feel the angst and anxiety building up within me. I only have 40 some odd days left to endure the madness. The gift giving season can’t end soon enough for me.

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