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Old June 21st, 2013, 08:05 PM   #20701
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Is there anything in your place that can be confused with Philippines?
I guess no... I don't know how they mixed SERBIA with THE PHILIPPINES.
I've read in some guidebook that things can go bad with the Italian Post.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 08:25 PM   #20702
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Is there anything in your place that can be confused with Philippines?
Yes, "Philippines" and "Serbia" both have "s", "e", and "i" in their names.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 09:11 PM   #20703
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Old June 21st, 2013, 09:44 PM   #20704
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I guess no... I don't know how they mixed SERBIA with THE PHILIPPINES.
I've read in some guidebook that things can go bad with the Italian Post.
I worked for Poste Italiane for a while, I didn't find anything particularly wrong with the way they work. Most of the stories about how bad Poste Italiane work are pre-1998, before it became a private company.

As a user, I had worse experiences with Deutsche Post.

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Yes, "Philippines" and "Serbia" both have "s", "e", and "i" in their names.
I was thinking more about the name of the city, or village... maybe there is a village in the Philippines with the same name...
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Old June 21st, 2013, 10:08 PM   #20705
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Dramatic letter secretely placed by a Chinese worker in the box of a product sold in the USA:
Do you know whether it's genuine letter or made up?
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Old June 21st, 2013, 10:15 PM   #20706
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It looks fake. The English is too good for some kind of low-tech laborer.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 10:41 PM   #20707
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I was thinking more about the name of the city, or village... maybe there is a village in the Philippines with the same name...
Name of the country is the top level information for the post authorities. For example, I've sent dozens of postcards to Serbia from abroad writing everything in Cyrillic except country name and all of them reached their destination.
Another thing is that postage for the Philippines (it must include air mail) is higher than for Serbia, so it's quite strange.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 11:00 PM   #20708
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It looks fake. The English is too good for some kind of low-tech laborer.
I would actually share your opinion, however there is one 'but'... A person who has written the letter does not describe him/herself as a part of enslaved workforce.
He rather seems to be a member of oppressors' management, whose heart was moved.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 11:27 PM   #20709
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Name of the country is the top level information for the post authorities. For example, I've sent dozens of postcards to Serbia from abroad writing everything in Cyrillic except country name and all of them reached their destination.
Yes, I know. I was just trying to guess.

I remember a friend of mine who had to send a package from Germany to Italy... after some days, checking online the delivery status, he found the package was about to be delivered in Belarus...

I guess it just happens, sometimes.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 01:04 AM   #20710
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It looks fake. The English is too good for some kind of low-tech laborer.
It was discovered a year ago and now a Chinese worker admitted anonimously to be the author of 20 copies of it and he packed one in each package of Halloween decorations.
I don't think the correct English is so strange. It's not uncommon for dissident intellectuals being prosecuted in China. The article in Italian says that political dissident are punished with forced and unpaid labour for up to 4 years, often without fair trial.
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I worked for Poste Italiane for a while, I didn't find anything particularly wrong with the way they work. Most of the stories about how bad Poste Italiane work are pre-1998, before it became a private company.
In the last 2 years, in a total of 30-40 envelopes both sent and received, I had two bad experiences. One when I sold an used Nokia headphone on Ebay, the buyer never got it and I had to refund him (it was 3€ plus stamp). Another when I mailed 3 coins to a collector (nothing valuable) and he never got them. I never lost any postcard, and I send many every time I go on holiday. I guess some employee may like to open envelopes that look like too thick and heavy to contain only a letter.

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 02:01 AM   #20711
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 02:07 AM   #20712
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 09:50 AM   #20713
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In the last 2 years, in a total of 30-40 envelopes both sent and received, I had two bad experiences. One when I sold an used Nokia headphone on Ebay, the buyer never got it and I had to refund him (it was 3€ plus stamp). Another when I mailed 3 coins to a collector (nothing valuable) and he never got them. I never lost any postcard, and I send many every time I go on holiday. I guess some employee may like to open envelopes that look like too thick and heavy to contain only a letter.
I guess you can find bad apples anywhere. I used to swap coins by mail too, never had surprises - one time I received a bag full of coins (more than 100) without any problem.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 11:18 AM   #20714
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I was buying postal stamps online and never got them twice.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 11:23 AM   #20715
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Who sends letters these days? It's been years since I last used a stamp. Most of my outgoing mail is by freepost.

What's more annoying is that the previous tenant of this apartment apparently was some kind of lottery buff. I still get lottery advertisements in the mail on a daily basis. A "return to sender" action doesn't work.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 11:47 AM   #20716
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Who sends letters these days? It's been years since I last used a stamp. Most of my outgoing mail is by freepost.
During my work as a postman, 50 days, I delivered only 5 or 6 postcards and less than 10 handwritten letters. Vast majority of mail was bank reports and utility bills. And, of course, ads ads ads. In the first couple weeks we were overwhelmed by political ads (political campaign)


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What's more annoying is that the previous tenant of this apartment apparently was some kind of lottery buff. I still get lottery advertisements in the mail on a daily basis. A "return to sender" action doesn't work.
Here you just speak to the postman, or issue a statement to your local post office, and wrong mail is not delivered any more. The office still gets the mail, since the sender still sends them, but the office itself holds and destroy them.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 12:03 PM   #20717
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Here you just speak to the postman, or issue a statement to your local post office, and wrong mail is not delivered any more. The office still gets the mail, since the sender still sends them, but the office itself holds and destroy them.
Destroys? Not returns?

Does the post office have a database of wrong addressees and compare every letter with that database?

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 12:31 PM   #20718
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Destroys? Not returns?
It depends on the classification. Normal letters with stamps below a certain value are destroyed. High-priority mail are returned to sender.

For instance, all advertisement, which are sent with a specific dedicated tariff, are destroyed if address is wrong or the addressee has moved.

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Does the post office have a database of wrong addressees and compare every letter with that database?
Yes it does. Normally this mail is either destroyed or returned to sender, but as a user you can buy a "Follow me" service: you can get all your mail, originally sent to your old address, to be re-delivered to a new address. Postmen have this list (usually it's like 10 out of 1000 addresses) and use it for reference.

Of course the plain "wrong addressees" list is longer...
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 01:45 PM   #20719
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Meanwhile in China, father and son fight ramming into each other's car:

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 03:54 PM   #20720
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In the 60's a man sent a mail to his friend, from America, to Europe. All he wrote on the envelope as address was "Szabó János asztalosmesternek, a Duna mellett" ("to carpenter János Szabó, by the Danube", but all of it in Hungarian).
The addressee got the letter. Alright, with a delay of three months, but he got it.

No one understand how the post managed to deliver it. The name of the addressee is a very common Hungarian name.
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