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Today, I signed for a package for a neighbour, who has just come around to pick it up. And I was wondering, what would then happen if the package were lost or stolen or stolen? Would liability fall to me, as the person who signed for it, to the delivery company for failing to deliver it to the actual recipient, or to the recipient, on the grounds that once it's signed for, it's theirs? Or if the recipient contacted the company who sold them whatever was delivered, would they be able to demand a refund from them, on the grounds that the item was never delivered to them and it's none of their concern whose fault it was? Or what if it got damaged? Would that be my fault? Could the delivery company claim that it was even if it wasn't? Or what if someone else came to pick it up claiming it was for them, when in fact it wasn't? (Seeing as I don't actually know said neighbours.) I'm curious.

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Well you signed for it eh? That means it's your responsibility. You need to check it for obvious damage see if all is OK, and ensure it goes to the correct person - normally the delivery company will post a note into your neighbours door and they can come around - you can ask for the note, or ID such as driving licence. If you don't want to take on such responsibility then you're perfectly allowed to deny accepting the parcel, and he/she will just go elsewhere.

Signing for packages seems to me to be a meaningless ritual, as there is no verifiable connection between the signature and any actual person, or between the person signing and the intended recipient. In the event that a parcel goes missing after a signature is recorded for its delivery, the delivery company and sender will probably each point fingers at each other until the recipient threatens to call their credit card company (in the case of an individual) or close their account (in the case of a business customer).

Personally I would be extremely annoyed if a delivery company delivered something to a neighbour without my having asked them to do so. As it happens, though, we do have a neighbour that we trust and who's more likely to be in during the day, and there's a sign inside the window of our front door to ask that parcels be left with her if we're out.

This is from the perspective of a Dane who has a limited insight into the workings of the Danish postal service, due to having worked there as a postal worker. I've also been on both sending and receiving end of packages, and having received packages for both me and other family members.

As soon as a package has been received and signed and if no damages on the packaging have been noted, it's considered to be safely delivered without having taken harm, and any damage which might later be discovered will have to be proven to have been due to transport. (Unless, of course, it's an error on behalf of the manufacturer, which is outside the scope of your entry.)

If you sign for a package and you're not the husbond/wife, close family member, or can show a permission to receive it in place of the recipient the delivery person is now allowed to give it to you. If s/he does hand it over anyway, you are under no legal responsibility to pass the package on, and the delivery person is actually the one who will be taking the blame here.

Uhm. It's also closing in on half past three am here, and I'm not good at keeping the threads together right now. I might return and try to answer again after my next period of sleep. x.x

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