Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Something is Fishy in the Regional Distribution Center of Knoxville

Back on September 29, I revealed the pitfalls of the simple mailing of a packet of The Pony's documentation for a RECONSIDERATION of his denied workman's compensation claim. The gist of my outrage being that such a package mailed on September 17 had been IN TRANSIT for 12 days, its last known location only 60 miles from home.

Well. If only I'd known that this gripy blog post would jostle The Pony's package into motion, like The Fonz hitting the jukebox.

That blog post published at 1:06 p.m. on September 29. When I checked the tracking number of The Pony's package that day before leaving for town, the USPS site showed that it left the Knoxville processing center at 1:23 p.m.! Such a grand coincidence! I almost did a Snoopy dance. I sent The Pony a text. I never bother him while working, but this was good news, so he wouldn't have to compile another set of documents that night when he got home.

Good thing I held off on the Snoopy dance. When I checked later that night/morning, the tracking history had CHANGED! The Pony's package had arrived earlier, but had left later. Something is fishy in the Regional Distribution Center of Knoxville.
However, there is good news to report since then. I think...
Here's what I copied from the tracking website on October 1. You read from bottom to top.

October 1, 2021, 7:08 am
Available for Pickup
LONDON, KY 40742 
Your item arrived at the LONDON, KY 40742 post office at 7:08 am on October 1, 2021 and is ready for pickup.

October 1, 2021, 5:28 am
Arrived at Post Office
LONDON, KY 40741 

September 30, 2021, 12:01 am
Departed USPS Regional Facility

September 29, 2021, 11:19 am
Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility

September 21, 2021
In Transit to Next Facility

September 17, 2021, 11:22 pm
Arrived at USPS Regional Origin Facility
I was all excited about this, and told The Pony immediately. He was off that day, and headed for Steak N Shake. Of course I kept checking the tracking website so I'd know if that package was picked up. I was getting peeved-off again. I ranted to Hick:

"The Pony's package hasn't been touched! [heh, heh] Nobody from the Department of Labor has showed up to get it! Surely they pick up their mail at least once a day! It was ready at 7:08 a.m. What do they do, take Fridays off? Surely they'll pick it up Monday!"

"I don't know, Val. We always went oncet [that's how he said it, sounds like wantst] a day when I worked at the plant. But I don't know how they do it. You'd THINK they'd go oncet a day."

Of course I didn't have much hope for a Saturday pickup. But by Monday night I was really worked up. I told The Pony when he got home.

"Your package STILL hasn't been picked up! But it would have been the same if I sent it as just a letter. Only we wouldn't know. Because the only address they have is a post office box."

"Mom. Once the mail is ready for pickup at the post office, it doesn't get scanned again. It's just there. And it gets picked up. They put it in the PO Box, and that's it. You don't know when it actually gets taken out of the box."

Never mind...

I'm hoping The Pony's package is lying on somebody's desk, waiting to be opened within 90 days, which is the time frame they give for the reconsideration of a RECONSIDERATION.


  1. Every time I see "London" I think of England, (the island country, not New England which is in your country) so now I'm wondering what The Pony's package is doing so far from home.

    1. ISLAND, you say???

      The Pony's package IS pretty far from home, even in London, Kentucky. That's probably by design, to put the facility that handles workman's comp appeals in a state that is not exactly a hub of shipping. Unless I'm misinformed like, that island thing...

  2. I think you have better odds with a scratcher.