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To get irritated by the post office lady demanding to know what's in my parcel?

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ArgyMargy Mon 10-Feb-14 13:05:15

"For the purposes of the dangerous goods act can you tell me what's in it?"

Well why? If it was anthrax or a gun do you really think I would tell you? I've started to lie, but today I said "a toy" and she said "with batteries?" WTF? Am I not allowed to send batteries through the post? It's only going to London, not Afghanistan! Is there anyone who knows the law and can explain this to me?? Sorry for the rant. blush

TunipTheUnconquerable Mon 10-Feb-14 13:06:45

There are certain types of batteries you're not allowed to send through the post. I ordered a new laptop battery and it never came as the Post Office impounded it!

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Mon 10-Feb-14 13:09:35

She's only doing what she is required to do. She's not trying to irritate you. She has to note certain things down. and some things cannot be sent through normal post.

But yes, considering they only have the word of the person sending the parcel, it is a bit pointless grin you could claim anything was in there.

But no doubt parcels are scanned and all that, so if they don't contain what it is claimed they contain, maybe that is picked up.

(I am assuming)

Blowninonabreeze Mon 10-Feb-14 13:10:02

Lithium batteries have been shown to occasionally cause fires on flights.

Royal Mail are increasingly using planes for internal mail transport.

Not something I can get worked up about I'm afraid, although you're definitely not alone. I'm frequently surprised by shirty attitude from other customers when I'm waiting in the PO queue.

ArgyMargy Mon 10-Feb-14 13:14:56

Don't get me wrong - I know she is only following orders, and I am very polite when I reply. It just seems daft and nosy. They could just have a list like they do at the airport - here are things that you can't post. If it 's just lithium batteries and anthrax, that shouldn't be too hard.

squoosh Mon 10-Feb-14 13:16:18

Tell her it's a jumbo sized dildo.

winterhat Mon 10-Feb-14 13:16:49

YANBU. Why don't they just have a list up in the post office? It's a waste of time having to ask everyone individually.

summertimeandthelivingiseasy Mon 10-Feb-14 13:17:09

I was asked last time and said ' a coat'

Then she asked me how much it was worth

Then she tried to make me pay £12 something to send it insured, instead of the £6 something first class hmm

They did that to my dad before Christmas. He still feels like he's been 'had'!

Blowninonabreeze Mon 10-Feb-14 13:17:31

There is a leaflet, the rules have fairly recently changed.


Only1scoop Mon 10-Feb-14 13:17:54

They have to ask now....they did me a favour the other day....I didn't realise you could no longer send perfume ex UK. Apparently it would have just been confiscated as dangerous goods.... There's a poster up about it <which I hadn't read>

Hedgehog1977 Mon 10-Feb-14 13:18:06

This happened to me a while ago - it was a fertility monitor. I was mortified!

LaurieFairyCake Mon 10-Feb-14 13:19:35

You can send it with batteries but you do have to tell them.

Rules changed recently, I sent a calendar to someone last week and he asked what was in it.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 10-Feb-14 13:20:04

You would be far more annoyed if they hadn't asked and you had sent an expensive item that was on the list, so they took it and sent it for auction...

TamerB Mon 10-Feb-14 13:20:15

It is better than having it opened in a sorting office.

thegreylady Mon 10-Feb-14 13:21:30

I was a bit sad that I was not allowed to send perfume to dgd in Turkey. I could send a gun without ammunition but not a little bottle of perfume. Poor dgd had to go without the Christmas present she had lift behind sad

thegreylady Mon 10-Feb-14 13:21:48


PeterParkerSays Mon 10-Feb-14 13:24:15

They do have lists at the post office. Our post office has a supply of leaflets at the counter, listing restricted items - alcohol, batteries, aerosols, perfume etc.

FoxesRevenge Mon 10-Feb-14 13:25:31

After seeing what some numpties try to send through the post then they are right to ask what you are sending. I know it seems intrusive but it is worth it to ensure your parcel gets there and isn't 'investigated' at the sorting office.

bodygoingsouth Mon 10-Feb-14 13:26:20

are you a terrorist and is this your car madam

er no and yes. daft really.

specialsubject Mon 10-Feb-14 13:27:48

I also got caught with the battery thing on an ebay transaction - it had to go via courier.

rule came in last year, hence checking.

bodygoingsouth Mon 10-Feb-14 13:41:23

^^ although not asked at the post office grin

gobbynorthernbird Mon 10-Feb-14 13:49:54

I don't think it's to do with terrorism at all. It's about 'normal' people inadvertently posting dangerous things. If the PO could rely on the list of permitted items being read by everyone, they wouldn't have to ask.

GeeinItLaldy Mon 10-Feb-14 13:50:44

If she doesn't ask and your parcel gets picked up through the screening process, it will be opened and the offending articles destroyed thereby wasting the money spent on purchasing the goods and on postage so its really in your interests to be asked.

Sadoldbag Mon 10-Feb-14 14:00:35

I always say a dildo that tends to shut them up lol

Wuxiapian Mon 10-Feb-14 14:07:04

The last lot of eBay bits I sold prompted questions the 5 or 6 times I went. You'd think after asking the 1st time they'd know I was selling clothes and wouldn't keep asking. It really got on my nerves. They also tried to sell me life insurance every time, too.

I changed PO and not one question.

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