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It's been a while since I've done one of these.

Once again Royal Mail have pissed me off and it's nothing to do with the price increases. Oh no. This is to do with their leaving items with "your designated neighbour". The phrase "your designated neighbour" is farcical as you don't actually get to designate your neighbour. It just happens to be whichever of the people around you happens to be in. Could be anyone. Could be the thieving arsehole upstairs or the homophobic wanker two doors down. According to the gentleman on the telephone posties are supposed to have enough common sense to leave it with someone on the same landing as you so if you're disabled and on the ground floor you shouldn't have to go traipsing upstairs to get your packet. On the other hand I can count the number of posties I've encountered who have common sense on one finger.

So you can't designate a neighbour but you can opt out. What? Really? How? I didn't even know my postcode was unfortunate enough to be in a trial area. How the fuck am I supposed to divine that I can opt out of this trial? I asked the gentleman on the phone how one can opt out. He DIDN'T KNOW! He told me to "look for it online". That was really helpful.

About as helpful as the card. You can't designate a neighbour, so surely the card should say which of your seven neighbours has your parcel. Nope. Nothing at all. Fortunately I took a sensible approach and tried the one nearest me. They had my parcel. Thankfully they're really nice but I can't say the same for everyone else in the stair. I've now opted out. I know I moan about having to trek down to the arse end of Portobello whenever the postie with common sense decides a thin children's book is too large for my letter box (I guess my letter box must randomly shrink when I'm not around) but I'd rather that than have my post vanish into the ether because it's been left with one of my arsehole neighbours with no clue on the card as to which on it is.

Royal Mail failing again.

If you want to opt out of this farce click here. I realise this might be great if you have trustworthy neighbours but I don't and as half the properties in the stair are rented and there's a high turnover I just can't take the chance.
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