Having been a Postie for 25 years+ it's easy to see how / why things go astray or damaged etc these days..for example if I post a card in a postbox to my nephew also in Coventry for example, it first is collected in Coventry from the postbox, then gets transferred and sorted then processed in Northampton, it then comes back to one of 2 offices in Coventry for either a Machine sort or Manual sort, then finally arrives at the Posties frame for delivery. I reckon this process alone the card would pass through at least 6 or 7 pairs of hands and possibly 2 machines. My point is in our instance we had a massive sorting office in Bishop Street (now rebuilt as Student Accommodation), Handling all our own mail and parcels, and outward mail too! this card in that office would have seen 2 pairs of hands or 1 machine sort, hence less chance of damage etc. I'm sure a lot of the parcel companies probably do the same with a lot of parcels etc being dropped for collection from shops etc, seeing so many people / processes handling it! So if it is damaged or lost then how can they possibly tell at what point it's been damaged or lost or by who?
It's so frustrating when anything arrives at your frame in a morning opened or occasionally empty, drives me mad.
Just thought I'd share this..
That's why your cylinder went second class 'signed for' yesterday!