Royal mail can look for other "victims".
|A tool used for "Blackmail"|
The Royal Mail put a card through my letter box yesterday, (Saturday 13th December 2014)advising, "Unfortunately we can't deliver your item because there is a fee to pay".
Upon closer examination, it seems that "The sender didn't pay the full postage", and Royal Mail are demanding a payment from me of £1.11
This "Fee" includes a £1 handling charge!
The item in question, I know to be a Christmas card which probably exceeds the arbitrary size restrictions (measured by a rather crude template device) imposed by Royal Mail a couple of years back as a means for extorting even more money from the long suffering public.
The "excess charge" of 11p is really neither here nor there, but to add a handling charge of £1 is really adding insult to injury.
I have no objection to excess charges where the sender has either forgotten or omitted to pay any postage, but for Royal Mail to create a plastic measuring device to effectively catch the public out when sending letters is underhand and is used purely as an extra means of generating additional income at both ends of the postal cycle.
I do not play this game. Royal Mail can take this item and any others they may seek to deliver using the same blackmail technique and shove it into an appropriate location.
Ironically, in the long run, it will probably cost them more to measure the offending letter, fill in their card, deliver it to our house, store the item for 18 days, return it to the originating DO, sort the item at that end and redeliver it to the sender.
The £1 handling fee seems a bit silly.