I’ve had a million problems with UPS over the last decade, principally involving the driver deciding not to deliver my packages, but until this past week I’d never had a driver unilaterally decide to route my package to a completely different location with no further attempts to redeliver. After immediately contacting the shipper to have them yell at UPS until they went back to delivering to the actual fucking delivery address (something which took a further five days in all - I just got the package today and it was supposed to be delivered last Thursday), I figured I was done. When I didn’t get my package again on Monday, I did a little more digging. Turns out that diverting failed deliveries to a nearby UPS Access Point is a new standing policy that as far as I can tell hasn’t been advertised or otherwise announced by UPS anywhere, so I figured I’d post a PSA in case people find this as unacceptable as I do.
Mind you, it’s just a PSA. When I called UPS, they told me there wasn’t anything they could do on their end to set a blanket exception to this policy, and there’s no way to stop it or even change the Access Point they use via the (spectacularly useless) UPS MyChoice program. I was told that I could have the shipper request a direct delivery to my address, but many shippers don’t have any easy way to apply special conditions to an order like that and of course it’s spectacularly ridiculous to have to make this sort of change with every single company or individual that might ever ship something to you instead of making the change with the company that’s the problem in the first place. I did contact Amazon, since they’re the folks that ship the majority of my packages and hopefully they’ve made that change and the driver actually pays attention (because it’s still and always up to the driver whether you actually get your package. No amount of absolving them of liability or begging them to leave it has any actual procedural effect). But as far as I can tell there’s very little you can do to protect yourself from this bullshit proactively other than, where possible, not fucking shipping things UPS (unfortunately I find I rarely have a choice of carrier). Just gotta yell at them every time they do it and accept 2+ extra days delay in receipt of your packages. Which is horseshit.
(Okay, so some of you will be like “just go pick it up”, and for some people that’s probably reasonable, but in my case I am ordering things online because they arrive at my doorstep and so I don’t have to bus around half the city or carry heavy things for long distances. Going and picking things up utterly fucking defeats the purpose of the endeavour in the first place.)