We received a box containing specimens that had been crushed on one corner and had a boot lug mark on the crushed corner. When I asked the UPS delivery guy who had our route - he smiled and said that was their seal of approval...

Lynn Kimsey

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Subject: Re: "fragile" mail = greater package abuse?

I saw similar things many times in Canada when I worked with the postal service one summer.

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On Jun 8, 2015, at 6:47 PM, "Michael A. Ivie" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

We stopped doing it long ago, as I observed first hand a postal person saying "oh, fragile" and then going a hook shot into the bin.


On 6/8/2015 4:42 PM, Derek Sikes wrote:

This disturbing news recently crossed my desk:

"One disheartening result was that our package received more abuse when marked "Fragile" or "This Side Up." The carriers flipped the package more..."

Has anyone considered NOT marking boxes of specimens 'fragile' ???



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