"You've heard of the saying that 'the postman always rings twice', haven't you? Well, don't you believe it 'cos it aint true! There have been numerous occasions over the past couple of years when I have been sitting in the lounge and have heard the letterbox and have picked up the message that had just been pushed through it. The message had the sheer audacity and deceit to say, 'We tried to deliver a package to your house today, but received no reply. Please contact....... and arrange to collect. There will be a fee of...... to pay.'
Now, I know that all workers are being expected to do more for less wage today, but I cannot believe that today's postman does not have the time to either knock on the door or to ring the doorbell once before he disappears with my long-awaited parcel, and then has the cheek to charge me for his incompetence.
And as for those occasions when one is away from home on their annual break, the Royal Mail is no better. One never knows what they will find waiting for them on their return home from a holiday in Thailand these days. The postmen don't seem to care anymore. They just don't give a whistle like they once did. As long as there's a space on your doorstep to offload your parcel, they're more likely to dump it there than bother knocking on your neighbour's door to hold the goods for you until your return." William Forde: July 2nd, 2013.