The Other PostCode Lottery

11 Jul

With having different people visit my hovel recently I’ve found myself having very similar conversations. Firstly it’s “I didn’t know these flats were here, how long have you lived here?” (27 years) and after a brief surprised silence I add “it’s okay the Royal Mail don’t know These flats are here either”.

You see a frequent occurrence happened again and this time (again) I began an official complaint about it with Royal Mail. I had ordered some clothing from a High Street store via their online site, carefully added my postcode and ding up popped the correct address in full. On Friday last week the PostPerson ‘tried’ to deliver it, my usual Postie knows to try the door when there’s a packet and leave it on my desk, but Friday must be his day off. What made it increasingly annoying was the red card shoved through the door was discovered as my primary care person was leaving, she looked at the time and remarked “I was here at 10:40 I never heard a knock” nor had I and to add salt she added “I was in here (the lounge, window beside front door) I would have seen him”.

Hmph …. blessed redelivery needed.

I went to the redelivery web page and tapped in my postcode and hit the ‘find address’ button, annddd my address does not appear, my street does not appear, my town does not appear! According to the proper official Royal Mail my street name is really my building name, the street is the street my road joins, and my town doesn’t warrant a mention. I took screen grabs of the errors and then manually added my address. Thankfully when Postie delivered on Monday it was my usual Postie and he brought the parcel in.

Twenty Seven years and ‘still’ the Royal Mail cannot get it right with the postcode they issued to my street.


Posted by on July 11, 2019 in Grumble, Life


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8 responses to “The Other PostCode Lottery

  1. deacongill

    July 11, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    How infuriating. Hope you can get them sorted out but the signs aren’t very promising! Glad you got it in the end and hope you like the clothes when you tried them on.

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    • AnneMarie

      July 11, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Indeed. SatNav’s and online maps when you enter my postcode bring people to the correct street, but Royal Mail’s redelivery postcode database persists in being wrong, I emailed RM Friday, I got the automated “reply within 3 working days” email response and have not had a reply yet 🙄


      • deacongill

        July 11, 2019 at 1:50 pm

        Sigh … yet more waiting … patience is a hard virtue!

        Liked by 1 person

      • AnneMarie

        July 11, 2019 at 2:06 pm

        There’s a great meme on Facebook. I had my patience tested ….. apparently I’m negative 😂

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  2. menhir1

    July 11, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I hesitate to describe it as the comedy of errors, ‘cos it’s not funny. It is a flipping disgrace. Someone obviously left a card in the right building, else it would not have been found.

    We were given house numbers only to have them cancelled by the council. They promised to re-issue the properties with numbers ‘soon’. THREE YEARS LATER. House numbers were allocated. Meantime, we all gave our homes names to go with the post code, so the postie could find us and correctly deliver our respective mailings.

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    • AnneMarie

      July 11, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      This is the thing. The parcel was properly addressed, so the card details were correct. But when you go online to book delivery you enter your postcode and click ‘find address’ and that’s where all the errors are, wrong street name, wrong town name *shrug*


  3. snowbird

    July 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    How annoying!!! Why do so many things conspire against you??? I’d be pulling my hair out! We don’t have a number here, just a house name so the post office has decided to unofficially call our house 1a which causes no end of problems, my friend has it worse as she lives in a block of apartments with the number 51 and her flat is 51….every delivery, bill and call goes to

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    • AnneMarie

      July 15, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Family motto :: if it wasn’t for bad luck we’d have no luck at all

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