Anyone who has been watching the news knows about the proposed pick up fees soon to be part of Australia Post's service.
For those who are unaware, it goes like this.
You order something to be delivered, in due time you get a notice in your mailbox that the item has arrived and needs to be picked up from your local Post Office.
This is how it has been for many years.
But if proposed actions go through, you will soon have to pay to pick up your parcel.
From August onwards.
Unfair! Unfair! is what I'm hearing from people in the street, people interviewed on TV and people writing in to their newspaper.
I say, hang on a minute. Think about this.
You have a notice to pick up a parcel.
Something you wanted. Something you bought. Something you paid for.
Perhaps the postie tried to deliver it and you weren't home. A notice goes into your letterbox.
If you know which day it will be delivered, arrange for someone to be home if you can't be there yourself. When organising delivery, if you know you won't be home, perhaps arrange for the parcel to be left with a neighbour.
Okay, none of this is possible and now you have a notice in your letterbox.
Now you have 5 days to pick up your parcel, before any fees are tagged on to it.
As far as I'm concerned, five days is plenty of time to arrange time to get that parcel.
Remember, this is something you wanted, bought, paid for.
Why would you leave it sitting in a Post Office back room?
About the new pick up fees.
If you pick up your parcel within the five days, there is no fee. That's right. NO fee.
AFTER five days it will cost you three dollars.
For every five days after that, any uncollected parcel will be charged with an extra three dollars.
And this seems fair to me.
They're a Post Office, NOT a storage facility. They have limited space and parcels come in all shapes and sizes.
If you can't make it to the Post Office yourself, (in five days you can't find a half hour?) phone them and tell them you are sending a representative.
Get that parcel, that something you wanted, bought, paid good money for.
Get it within the five days.