Today’s User Input is late because I’ve been paying someone else while I do their job for them. What a wonderful experience that is.
Apparently my mother ordered a book for me a while ago — and I mean quite some time ago — from Amazon.ca, and although she mentioned it in passing, I hadn’t really been watching for the parcel. The UPS delivery-man claims that he attempted to deliver it, but the response was “no such address”. No, the address was correct, and it’s written in great big huge letters and numbers on the outside of our condo complex; he clearly didn’t try very hard. And, according to his computer, he didn’t try very hard quite a few times. Then, it seems, someone looked back in the system and saw that someone by my name had once had a parcel delivered to the Volkswagen dealership in Edmonton. Now, yes, I used to work there, granted. But that dealership is in a different city. All they had to go off of was the name of the recipient, with nothing to tell them that it was, in fact, the same person. So they tried at the dealership, and they told the driver that there was nobody working there by that name. So he went back to his depot, and changed the name on the parcel to “SALES MANAGER”, and delivered it.
As a result of this kerfuffle, I have spent the last three hours driving around Edmonton trying to track down the parcel, and then waiting awkwardly at my old place of employment while they searched for a parcel with my name on it that I couldn’t describe because I didn’t know what it was. We paid money to UPS for them to deliver a parcel, and I just spent more than the price of the parcel on gasoline, driving around the city looking for the parcel that some slacker delivery-man dropped off at a place he had been previously told had no affiliation to me, without even knowing if the parcel was for the right person.
Have you ever had to pay money to do someone else’s job for them? If so, when?