Remember way back in May, when I had to call AT&T to pay my bill by phone, because my payment mailed on APRIL 21 had not yet arrived? Here's the original tale.
That payment is never going to arrive. I need to adjust my checkbook register.
NO SUCH NUMBER???
This is the return envelope, and pre-printed payment thingy that came with the bill! I'm sure AT&T knows their own address, that I have used for YEARS to return my payments. I assumed that the sorting machinery had kicked out the bill for some reason, but The Pony, our resident post office insider, said no. That mail gets that yellow sticker after a carrier takes it out for delivery, and can't find the address. Seriously? Somebody could not find a PO BOX?
Don't presume that mail can't be delivered if the name of the entity doesn't show through the window. The ENVELOPE ITSELF is printed with AT&T! Not my fault that the perforation was off on their return thingy. That thingy was not sliding around. It's the proper size for the envelope, just a smidgen off with their address. Besides, it has a barcode for sorting. So it should have gone to the right facility to go out for delivery. I can't believe MY envelope would be the ONLY bill being delivered to AT&T on that day.
So let's review. I MAILED this bill on APRIL 21. It is POSTMARKED from ST. LOUIS on APRIL 22. I found it in my mailbox, EmBee, on JULY 2.
WHERE HAS MY AT&T BILL BEEN FOR SIX WEEKS???
Has BILLy been painting the town? St. Louis, perhaps? Going up in the Arch, visiting the zoo, gambling in casinos, having frozen custard at Ted Drewes, eating toasted ravioli, partaking of the "square beyond compare" at an Imo's Pizza, acquiring some culture at the Art Museum, and getting some hands-on learnin' at the Science Center?
Or maybe BILLy was in Chicago, cooling his small shoulders, taking in a Cubbies game (TRAITOR!), eating deep-dish pizza, and laughing his stamp off at a Second City show.
Wherever he's been, BILLy's home now. And not a cent poorer. His journey does not bode well for the hiring practices of the USPS.