I get the New York Times on Saturday and Sunday.
My neighbor gets it every day of the week. We basically share a walkway, and our stairs are right next to each other.
All was good. The walkway (or porches) would have 1 paper on it M-F for neighbor, and 2 papers on it Saturday and Sunday, one for each of us. Pretty simple to keep track of.
Then at some point, I think they switched delivery people. One Saturday I was out in front of my place and there was one paper there. I took it and told my neighbor, “we only got one paper today” so he called to get an extra one delivered.
The next Saturday, one paper again. He got it. I was busy that day, so I didn’t worry about it.
The next Saturday, one paper. He got it, so I called and got a new one delivered. I was out front when the guy came. I told him, “This is 3 weeks in a row that you’ve only brought one paper. Every Saturday and Sunday, he gets one, and I get one.”
“That’s not what I was told.”
“Well, its true. On Saturdays, 45 gets one, and 47 gets one. I don’t get one during the week.”
“I’ll check my list.”
So, the next weekend, we each got a paper.
Then, last weekend my neighbor eft on vacation and stopped his paper delivery for a week. Guess what? On Saturday, NO paper came for either of us.
We called the NYT and told them, “This is the 4th time in the last couple months we didn’t get a paper. You need to talk to our carrier.”
They told us we’d be credited for the paper and would get a new one by 2:00. Forget the fact that my favorite thing to do is get up Saturday morning, make coffee, and do the crossword. Still, we never got the paper that day.
So, we called the NYT on Monday and told them again, “we didn’t get the paper on Saturday. You really need to do something about this guy.”
My neighbor is still on vacation so he hasn’t been getting a paper all week, so zero papers have been coming. Fine.
Anyway, I go out front this morning to go to work, and there’s a NYT sitting on my porch. I don’t get it during the week.
It’s starting to dawn on me that we’re dealing with a complete IDIOT. I didn’t think you could actually be TOO DUMB to deliver newspapers, but now I have evidence to the contrary.
Thanks for the Thursday paper, guy, but shit’s getting punched if I don’t get one Saturday morning.
(BTW, Sunday’s are fine. I think its a different guy.)