Pricey Post Office

PUBLISHED: 12:18 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:56 04 May 2010

I RECENTLY received a card from the Royal Mail informing me that they were unable to deliver a package addressed to me, as excess postage was owing. I had to collect it from the sorting office, but not before I had paid 30p postage, plus a handling charge

I RECENTLY received a card from the Royal Mail informing me that they were unable to deliver a package addressed to me, as excess postage was owing. I had to collect it from the sorting office, but not before I had paid 30p postage, plus a handling charge of £1.

When I queried the handling charge in relation to the postage I was told that this "reflected the number of departments through which it had to pass". Several other people were queuing up to conduct similar transactions: one man was charged £1 handling charge for a 5p excess.

If it really costs £1 to recover 5p or 30p, would it not be better to suffer the loss and keep the public's goodwill?

Perhaps an over-zealous local official needs counselling or is this another example of rip-off Britain?

STEPHEN FRANKLIN

Pilgrims Way

Ely

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