We sometimes get Express or Registered packages from family overseas that require signatures. But each time the USPS carriers would simply leave a peach-colored notice stating "sorry we missed you", without carrying the packages to our door him/herself.
My wife is a housewife and home all day. Among the three or four incidents happened so far this year, she WAS home all day each time. (Sometimes I was home as well if it was my off days.)
We have two puppies who would allert her if someone knocks on our door. (We don't have door bells.) But no, no one knocked on the door or attempt to physically deliver those (rather small but urgent) packages. He/she simply left a note for you to go pick up the parcel yourself.
This has happened three or four times so far. We've started recording the time and date this happened and photocopied the notices as evidence, too, in case we need to file an official complaint one day.
One time the notice we received was specified to be a "Final Notice" -- the package would be returned to the sender if we didn't pick it up within certain time frame. Yet it was the FIRST time ever we received notice about that particular package!
I suspect the USPS carriers were simply being lazy. But this has happened so many times it's becoming an annoying pattern. This also caused tremendous delays to the EMS parcels we were expecting, once more than five days due to weekend plus federal holidays!
Don't know where I should turn to about this. The Office of the Inspector General? Consumer Affairs? Heard too many horror stories that once you made a complaint, they'd start messing with your mail deliveries...
Too many misplaced mails in this university town as well. We've now switched our credit card and bank statements to paperless and said NO to soliciting mails.