Today’s meal included a delicious salad comprised of:
- Broccoli slaw
- Leftover pork
- Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
This salad was good, but not great. It needed a little something… like cheese or apples or… cheese.
On to story time!
It’s Just Tape!
Please let me preface this post by saying that I love UPS. Ryan and I are both slightly obsessed with our UPS guy because he leaves Sadie dog treats every time he delivers a package to our apartment. Plus, he’s super friendly and even asked me what the “Peanut Butter Fingers” packages we receive are all about. I told him that my first name is Peanut because I was four pounds when I was born. My middle name is Butter because it is delicious and I just married Ryan whose last name is Fingers. Can you imagine if that were true? Awful. That name is even worse than Hawk!
Anyway, my love for UPS was tested around the holidays.
As you may know, I buy a lot of stuff from RueLaLa.com, like the dress I wore for my bachelorette party and the funky shirt I wore for a fun night out downtown recently. Practically every pair of jeans that I own comes from RueLala.
With me ordering much of my wardrobe online, I inevitably have to return a bunch of stuff because certain items don’t fit the way I imagined. (Side note: Will someone please make dresses with two sizes… one for the top and one for the bottom? I have yet to meet a woman that is the same size everywhere.) To make my returns, I simply drop off a box at UPS.
I stuff the clothing I don’t want back into the original box, stick the return address label to the top of the box and hand it over to the person behind the counter at UPS. Easy peasy. I have never once taped up the box and, until last December, they have never said anything to me about it.
Last December I made the mistake of taking my RueLaLa return to a different UPS location. I was running errands and came upon a random UPS store, so I headed inside with my box prepared as it normally is: Clothing inside, label stuck on top, box open.
“Thank you!” I said as I handed my box over, turning around to exit the store.
“Um, this isn’t taped up,” said the manager of the store. (I know he was the manager because his name tag said so. He’s important!)
“Yes, I know. Is that okay? I’ve never taped up a box before and didn’t have any trouble in the past.”
“I’m going to have to charge you for the tape.”
“Are you serious?”
“Yes. That will be $1.15.”
“You’re going to charge me $1.15 for a tiny strip of tape?”
“Well, if I don’t charge you, I have to eat the cost.”
“Is this a new policy?” I asked, thinking to myself that an entire ROLL of tape doesn’t even cost $3!
“Do all locations do this?”
“I don’t know about other locations but I charge for tape.”
“Wow. Okay,” I said, handing over my credit card.
“I can’t charge such a small amount to a credit card.”
“Are you serious?”
“Well, I don’t have cash.”
“Um, let me go check my change holder in my car.”
“No. Just forget it, okay. I’ll just tape it up.”
My goodness, I would hope so, I thought.
“Aw, thanks! Happy holidays,” I said, smiling as I left and vowing never to visit that particular UPS location again.
Flippin’ tape crazies!
My desire to share this whole story with you was inspired by a stop I made at my favorite UPS store on my way to work this morning to return another RueLaLa purchase.
I haven’t returned anything to UPS since the tape debacle and was a little nervous. As usual, my return box wasn‘t taped up and I headed into the store with my fingers crossed.
Good news! They didn’t care in the least. My favorite UPS store lives on! The woman at the counter smiled at me and before I knew it, I was back in my car, driving to work and happily eating a stick of string cheese.
Tape-free returns make me happy. It’s the little things in life.
(P.S. The Fashion page was updated today!)