peak .. night delivery

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by AllOnTheHorses, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. AllOnTheHorses

    AllOnTheHorses Active Member

    Hey all, I was just thinking back on peak.. how there are late nights.. sometimes delivering packages way after dark, like 930.. 10pm etc.
    I can't imagine wanting something left on my porch after I have gone to bed.
    I remember a few times bringing stuff back to the building because I did not feel right leaving a nice big box on a lit-up porch where anyone could grab it overnight. It was never an issue.. but I guess could have turned into one.
    I personally think the 11:59pm delivery line to be a little silly. For me, my house.. things I order... like tools.. I would say if it's after 8pm.. bring it the next day.
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  2. We are paid by the hour. Deliver it,unless it's not safe.
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  3. Holydriver

    Holydriver Active Member

    i dont want to deal with it tomorrow. because, well, if i didnt get to your house until 830pm today, i probably wont get there until the same time tomrrow
  4. AllOnTheHorses

    AllOnTheHorses Active Member

    what do you all do.. is there a time when you stop ringing doorbells or knocking etc?
  5. Holydriver

    Holydriver Active Member

    i remember my going to a specific house at peak in 2013. christmas eve around 830 and i could see in the window of the house, as i was shivering and hating my life, a fine family gathering and large hot meal being consumed. that house broke my spirits like you wouldnt beleive.............i left there stuff without knocking at all hoping that my truck in there driveway was evidence enough of my arrival
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  6. BrownThunder

    BrownThunder Active Member

    After 9 I stop knocking unless your lights are on. I'm getting your box off my truck for good, that night.
  7. Tough Guy

    Tough Guy Active Member

    What if it's signature required?
  8. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

  9. BrownThunder

    BrownThunder Active Member

    Sig required I'll ring.
  10. AllOnTheHorses

    AllOnTheHorses Active Member

    Yeah, cold.. raining, unfamiliar area, dark, no one has numbers on their mailboxes and houses set way back off road: that sums up my memories of last peak. But the one that sticks out to me was a house on a nice warm evening in the spring.. the smell of a grill and people laughing in a backyard. That one killed me.

    As for late night delivery.. I try to call out "UPS" as I hear them coming to door for a sig package.

    ugh.. I just remembered a lady that came to a door and felt so sorry for me, that I was out so late one cold night in an apt complex.. is there anything worse than a stranger confirming that someone else holds all the cards.

    sorry.. I guess I am trying to numb myself to the upcoming hell.

    edit: well there was a couple that stopped and gave me a Starbucks gift card and said something about me being out so late. That was nice!
  11. Rainman

    Rainman Its all good.

    Yeah, working late sucks, especially when it seems like everyone else is home. If you want to stay positive focus on the fact that you may just be making their Christmas with what you're bringing them. You never know for sure what is inside.
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  12. mrbrownstone

    mrbrownstone Active Member

    I stop ringing doorbells after my last pickup at 5. I figure at this point the on road sups are done with their spying for the day and I just want to get done. Leave package and go.
  13. AllOnTheHorses

    AllOnTheHorses Active Member

    yeah around my area.. there are many early risers.. construction, bakers etc.. not to mention the new/young families with babies added to mix. Thinking back to my preload days.. I'd be :censored2: at the chain reaction dog barking insanity if someone knocked after 8pm.. when I had to get up at 3 somethingAM.
  14. AirOnTrace

    AirOnTrace Allergic to cardboard.

    Around 8-8:30 is my cutoff for ringing or knocking. It's earlier if there are obvious signs of young children.
  15. rod

    rod retired and happy

    If I knew the people I would knock like there was no tomorrow---it added a little fun to the evening to scare the crap out of some people.
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  16. scooby0048

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    We have some extended centers in our building that start at 1030 and run til 0030hrs. Only UPS allows people out til all hours of the day and night just to get that damn Zappos box delivered but yet they preach everyday, "the most important stop is the last stop" Bunch of BS!

    After 2030hrs, I honk at every stop, knock really loud, and yell UPS as loud as I can. Maybe if enough people complain about us doing that maybe one of these days they won't have us out that late.

    Yeah right
  17. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    I don't ring door bells or knock period unless I need a signature your wasting time
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  18. AllOnTheHorses

    AllOnTheHorses Active Member

    true.. it does invite trouble.
  19. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Yep usually around 8pm n
  20. retiredTxfeeder

    retiredTxfeeder cap'n crunch

    I had every driver's nightmare one Christmas Eve about 35 years ago. If it looked like a Christmas gift, we had to make an attempt on it. The latter part of my day, I found it, wrapped in brown paper (they allowed it back then) hand lettered to Grandma, no less. Not only was it out of my area, but it was even past our building's boundary. We usually all carried key maps back then. (a book sized map that had every street in the city of Houston, and even the county on the fringes. Looked it up. There was the street. It was in Porter, TX., way back in the boonies. It was probably a 40 minute drive one way for my helper and myself. Got to the house around 10:30pm, and it looked like a light was on inside. Had a fence around the yard and I was kinda leery about going up to a house in the middle of nowhere at that hour. I wasn't going back with this package, however. Signatures were required back then. I honked the horn once, then again, longer. Finally a porch light came on and a little old lady came out about and she looked to be about 80 years old. She got to the PC and I showed her the box. It was from her grandchildren. She said she thought they had forgotten about her. She started crying. I got her to sign, turned around and drove back to the center. I have to admit My helper and I both had something in our eyes. Must have been the dust from that old dirt road. lol. I punched out a little before midnight, and everybody was gone from the center when I got back. You know, it was worth it to me to see that little old lady's eyes light up. Sorry for the long post.
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