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Captaaainuniverse

Guild Member
Glad to hear @NormanicGrav is ok after what happened, it can be a bit rough where I am but it’s mostly junkies, been a long time since anyone tried attacking me, of course I mostly avoid nights out now since I don’t see much point, I wouldn’t be meeting anyone or anything
Just pack a stop sign next time, don’t worry about brain damage thugs like that don’t have one, or take pepper spray, seems like a simple idea you don’t really need but you have no idea how much people will hate getting sprayed with it, they’ll never bother you if they’re afraid of getting hit with it again

that said, I’ll have to go up the shop tonight, never get any trouble though, work’s made me go up weekend nights lots of times
 

ayase

State Alchemist
Well, I certainly wasn't expecting the experience of getting attacked and almost mugged after watching Promare last night. The NHS wait times were no joke - 5 hours it took to wait for a doctor.

To those of you who were worried about me, don't worry I am fine. I was extremely lucky to be alive and have nothing stolen.
There must be something in the air, bizarrely I also got punched square in the face last night by some drunk, drugged-up knobhead who decided to randomly start a fight with me and my friends as we walked home from the pub. Happily he's not getting away with it because another guy who he'd also assaulted just round the corner had already called the cops, who promptly showed up, took statements and arrested him. ****ed up my nose (and ruined my jumper with my own blood) but thankfully I didn't have to go through the hospital experience as some paramedics just checked me out and let me go.

Glad you're okay too Grav. What a couple of wankers, eh?
 

Denny Fisher

Stand User
So I finally ordered some blankets as Christmas presents.
I decided to wait on the mat as a few family members/friends have made requests and there not even anime related. 😭


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Also found someone who does 1000 piece Jigsaw puzzles.
So I sent some pictures to have these made. (They do 1500 pieces too)
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HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Well it seems I’ve been on a member of this forum now for three years according to my account page-how time flies.
 

D1tchd1gger

Time-Traveller
My CDJapan stuff has shipped. Last order took about 3 weeks from the order date to arrive which would put this one at about the 18th, but at this time of year it might take longer and miss Christmas.
 

serpantino

Vampire Ninja
So looks like I might be getting the dreaded grey royal mail card in the near future. I'm curious about the legality of their 'handling fee' though so I've put the question to them, don't know if I'll get a response but I'm interested.

The basic argument is that I've already paid for delivery, and at no point did I agree to any kind of interference from the royal mail beyond their contracted job of delivering it which is something I have already paid the seller for. Any other action taken by the royal mail in regards to my item is presumed and not legally enforceable as no contract exists, therefore they should not have any right to impede the delivery of the item.

I probably wrote it out better to them but it's sleep time!

P.S I do support the Royal Mail, I buy special edition stamps from time to time and I let my excellent local postie dump loads of generic junk mail through my door on a daily basis :p.
 

Patient-X

Railgun
So looks like I might be getting the dreaded grey royal mail card in the near future. I'm curious about the legality of their 'handling fee' though so I've put the question to them, don't know if I'll get a response but I'm interested.

The basic argument is that I've already paid for delivery, and at no point did I agree to any kind of interference from the royal mail beyond their contracted job of delivering it which is something I have already paid the seller for. Any other action taken by the royal mail in regards to my item is presumed and not legally enforceable as no contract exists, therefore they should not have any right to impede the delivery of the item.

I probably wrote it out better to them but it's sleep time!

P.S I do support the Royal Mail, I buy special edition stamps from time to time and I let my excellent local postie dump loads of generic junk mail through my door on a daily basis :p.
From the RM web page...

"What does the Royal Mail handling fee cover?

Our £8 handling fee reflects the cost of clearing items through customs and presenting them to Border Force.

This includes staff costs, storage, administration and handling of the item through Customs. The fee also covers storage and cash handling processes at the Delivery Office."
 

ayase

State Alchemist
From the RM web page...

"What does the Royal Mail handling fee cover?

Our £8 handling fee reflects the cost of clearing items through customs and presenting them to Border Force.

This includes staff costs, storage, administration and handling of the item through Customs. The fee also covers storage and cash handling processes at the Delivery Office."
I too charge £8 for pressing + 2 0 % on a calculator, sticking something on a shelf and writing on a postcard, the latter two of which RM already do for free if there aren’t any taxes to pay but someone happens to be out.

Note to any posties out there, since I doubt you’re actually paid £8 every time you perform this service, might be worth your while just knocking on people’s doors, asking for a fiver for “taxes” while winking or doing air quotes instead of this tedious nonsense.
 

Denny Fisher

Stand User
So I got to wait another week because they have made my blankets in the wrong size. 125x150cm
They have asked it I want them in this size at a discount.
I said I want my size but I would ask the forum to see if you guys would like any of them.
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serpantino

Vampire Ninja
From the RM web page...

"What does the Royal Mail handling fee cover?

Our £8 handling fee reflects the cost of clearing items through customs and presenting them to Border Force.

This includes staff costs, storage, administration and handling of the item through Customs. The fee also covers storage and cash handling processes at the Delivery Office."
I know the general blurb but I haven't given them permission to act as arbitrator with HMRC and all royal mail do is collect it and transfer the money over, most likely after you've paid them rather than up front. The collecting is already paid for and there's nothing else there that they wouldn't usually do as part of the normal postal service (if it hadn't received customs charges they would have still collected it).
 

Patient-X

Railgun
I too charge £8 for pressing + 2 0 % on a calculator, sticking something on a shelf and writing on a postcard, the latter two of which RM already do for free if there aren’t any taxes to pay but someone happens to be out.

Note to any posties out there, since I doubt you’re actually paid £8 every time you perform this service, might be worth your while just knocking on people’s doors, asking for a fiver for “taxes” while winking or doing air quotes instead of this tedious nonsense.
I know the general blurb but I haven't given them permission to act as arbitrator with HMRC and all royal mail do is collect it and transfer the money over, most likely after you've paid them rather than up front. The collecting is already paid for and there's nothing else there that they wouldn't usually do as part of the normal postal service (if it hadn't received customs charges they would have still collected it).
For the record I'd like to say I'm not a postman or do I work for Royal Mail, I was just quoting their reason for the charge. Please don't shoot the messenger 😅
 

serpantino

Vampire Ninja
For the record I'd like to say I'm not a postman or do I work for Royal Mail, I was just quoting their reason for the charge. Please don't shoot the messenger 😅
Lies! You clearly work for the Royal Mail's PR department and that handling fee obviously goes towards ensuring people don't question paying the handling fee which is why they (you) claim not to make any profit from it :p.

I'm a fan of posties themselves. It's the upper echelons (isn't it always?) I can bet my local posties never see a penny of it and it just goes on some overpaid scumbags Christmas Bonus. I miss posties actually having time to be friendly and chat briefly; don't even get a chance to give them a takeaway cuppa on a particularly cold day now.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
I feel like if it actually cost RM £8, they’d also charge £8 to hold items at the depot and post the “sorry we missed you” cards. But perhaps I should stay quiet about that, don’t want to give them ideas...
 

Patient-X

Railgun
Lies! You clearly work for the Royal Mail's PR department and that handling fee obviously goes towards ensuring people don't question paying the handling fee which is why they (you) claim not to make any profit from it :p.

I'm a fan of posties themselves. It's the upper echelons (isn't it always?) I can bet my local posties never see a penny of it and it just goes on some overpaid scumbags Christmas Bonus. I miss posties actually having time to be friendly and chat briefly; don't even get a chance to give them a takeaway cuppa on a particularly cold day now.
Ok, I admit it. My name is Patrick, I drive a black and white cat and I have a pet van that happens to be red. £7 of the handling fee goes directly into my beer fund. I thank you all 🍺🍻

 
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