FedEx sucks


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I ordered some ES mounts and I get my shipping info, and here is what it says...

Mar 29, 2004 3:21 am Left FedEx Ramp ROMULUS MI

Mar 28, 2004 12:13 pm Arrived at FedEx Ramp ROMULUS MI

Mar 27, 2004 8:54 pm Left FedEx Ramp COLUMBUS OH

Mar 26, 2004 6:41 pm Left FedEx Origin Location PITTSTON PA

4:35 pm Pickup status PITTSTON PA Pre-routed meter pkg picked up

Expected TOA is 3-31

This is from PA to Michigan. I sent some linkages to Pa through UPS, arived the next day. Romulus is like a half hour away from me, and they still have not arived. Come on.


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Originally posted by pissedoffsol@Mar 29 2004, 11:18 PM
fed ex > ups
hands down.

hell, brian wong WORKS at ups, and he still ships fed ex.

I used to work at UPS too and I will NEVER ship anything through them... I've seen what packages go through there. :eek: :eek: :eek:


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Disgruntled workers throwing packages at the walls with all their might, people jumping on boxes, kicking them for fun, playing catch, etc...

Went looking through googles usenet archive and found a story I posted about one fun incident at UPS. :)

As I told a few people in IRC a day or two ago, I've been working at UPS
for a few months now.  It's one of the reasons I've been gone from ANO;
too busy working.  I work in the ECS (Exception Capture System)
department.  What's that?  UPS uses maxicode labels to sort packages
internally.  If you've ever gotten anything from UPS, those are the
labels with a bullseye in the middle and dots around it.  Now, whenever
the sorting system can't read one of those labels for whatever reason,
be it the label is damaged, the zip code encoded in the label dosen't
exist, whatever, it's my job to correct it.  Those packages are sent to
my department via conveyor belt (_everything_ is via conveyor belt
there), and us little peons are given the task of sending the package to
it's proper destination.
Most times the problem is that the dork who addressed the package wrote
down the wrong zip code.  We have an address system we work with to find
the correct zip code for that particular address on the package.  We
then print a new label, smack it on the box, and send it on its way to
be re-sorted.
It would be an easy job if I didn't have to pick up every single box off
the belt, and place it in front of me to work on.  And WHY IS IT THAT
EVERY BOX WITH A BAD LABEL IS LIKE 900 pounds?!...  ahem..  sorry.

Things are always breaking open on our conveyor belts.  Our main belt is
still rainbow colored from 10 large boxes of oil paints breaking open.
Nasty looking chemicals break open alot, too, which is why we have a
haz-mat (hazardous materials) team on standby all the time.  Oh, and did
I mention the time a big box of crickets broke open?  That was fun. :p

Anyway, yesterday a box broke open a ways down the line, and a smell
started to escape.  No biggie, that always happens when something breaks
open.  But it started to get worse.  And worse.  And worse.  And
worse...  It became so overpowering, our department was actually
evacuated and the haz-mat team was called in.  Two girs had starting
vomiting, and many people (including me) were feeling very queasy.

According to one of the haz-mat members, the smell when he got near it
was that of acid burning through metal, and he was worried that it was a
container of acid that broke open and started eating through the belt
system.  We were moved farther back, and one of the haz-mat people
donned a full protective suit to go clean up the mess.  He got near the
box, checked the label, and inside was...

A five-gallon drum of super concentrated liquid cheese.

I have no idea how any kind of cheese could have the smell of acid
burning through metal, but this stuff did.  I never got near enough to
be sure, but it appeared to be about as thick as wet cement, too. :p
The two girls that got sick were actually taken away in an ambulance.
We also got to go home early. :)

I really did feel queasy after breathing those fumes that night, so I
decided to call in today and say I wasn't up to working due to the smell
from the other day.  Everyone I talked to said they were going to do the

Cheese fries, anyone?

EDIT: Woops, posted twice in a row, thought I was editing the original post. :p