Jan 30, 2013

Post Office Fail

So, it's that time of year that we all kind of dread.  Tax season has begun and like everyone else out there, I've been patiently waiting to get all our w-2's so I could start the process of making sure I have paid my fair share of taxes due.

I don't love paying taxes but I do like to do them early and get them over with.

My w-2 from my former employer came a few weeks ago.  Cool!  It came earlier than I thought but I couldn't figure out why my husband's didn't come at the same time.  We were, after all, employed by the same company.   Time passed and a week later I got this awesome - and I mean awesome in that same sense as in having 10 root canals done at the same time and without anesthetic, not a good awesome - letter from the post office.

They wanted me to know that they "care".  They care!

Now, I fully understand that accidents happen.  Sometime mail gets lost, destroyed, stuck in hungry machines and what not.  But come on!  Of all the mail to have this happen too....

Ouch!  Yep, that's my husbands w-2, well, what's left of it.

The thing I'm having the most trouble with is that the part that is missing has ALL my husbands personal data on it.  Name, employer, address, social security number.  When this came I literally got sick to my stomach and now I'm constantly worrying about who has, or has had access, to all this info.

I keep wondering, where is the other half?  I know the good people at USPS said they cared but if they really cared, wouldn't they have put both pieces in the envelope?  I'm just having a hard time with this.  With Identity theft being such a big scary thing these days, well - UGH!!!

Oh, and guess what, to get a replacement - well, it costs money.  Pretty sure the post office isn't going to cover that expense.  It's just a bad situation all around. 

So, my point?  I just really hope that no one else has this happen to them.  When you get your w-2, hug it and be extra grateful that yours made it to you in one piece!


SANDY G said...

Wow !! Im missing 1 hope this doesn't happen to me

Amy said...

Oh no!!! That just.... stinks. Might be worth bucking up for lifelock or something similar? Or at least doing what all the experts recommend & getting your free credit report from each of the bureaus, a few months apart.

Kristin Whitehead said...

Oh no!!! How awful!! If I were you, I would at least let them know it's going to cost $$ to replace it and see if they offer to refund it...doesn't hurt to ask I guess

Rebecca said...

I am so sorry this happened to you...makes me appreciate that my husband's w-2 are online!! I know it's quite a "BFB" Big Fat Bummer, however, your post brought a chuckle as I read the sarcasm & saw the torn letter...only our "lovely" post office would mess it up. Wishing you a better week & a big fat return! I really enjoy your blog :-)

Beth J said...

Oh the post office don't get me started. I sent my daughter a video ipod for her birthday when she was in college. It was a BIG deal I was a single parent and I went without to get it for her.In the same package (a post office 3 day box) was a t shirt and a teenage mutant ninjas turtle video (a joke)
she got the package with duct tape on it and only the tshirt inside. They even took the video...
Someone at the post office enjoyed the ipod and I assume the video.
It wasn't insured so I was, well you know.
The people at my post office said they scan packages so they could see what was in it :(
You probably should look into lifelock or take dome precautions to protect yourself.
So sorry this happened to you

Linda L. said...

Maybe the rest of it was so shredded by one of their sorting machines that they couldn't gather up all the teensy-weensy - and totally illegible - pieces! Trying to think of a safe outcome here (;-O)

Ann Marie said...

Oh my gosh. My heart broke for you as I saw this little shredded up letter ..... I didn't even think of the information being out there as much as "heck, how is she going to get another one?" Nice that they charge too .... ugh.

Anonymous said...

ouch is right that is terrible! Hubby and I have lifelock. It might help relieve your mind too ;)

jules said...

they mess up every once in a while, but remember they do a good job the other ka-zillion times. this stuff just happens! Its not like they did it on purpose! :)

Anonymous said...

You might want to let the employer know. I work for a company and something happened to some w2s sent out and the company paid for lifrlock for a year for them.

Kat said...

You can call all 3 credit reporting agencies and have a fraud alert put on his account. That keeps someone from opening an unauthorized account under his name/social and it keeps anyone from checking his credit. It's free and well worth the phone calls. Good luck with it!

tina said...

Hi Amy! I am a new reader to your blog...love it. Anyways, my husband is the person that works on the machines at the post office. He takes his job seriously and hates to see any mail torn, shredded, etc... but it happens when your processing approximately 40 thousand pieces of mail an hour on 1 machine only. The other part of your husbands W2 is most likely so destroyed that there isn't any way to figure out who it is. :) If they can make out who it belongs to and where they live it will be given back. Two of my packages recently came with problems...so it's employees mail also.

THEY DO NOT have machines that scan packages to see inside of them. Insurance on packages is worth the extra money.

Amy said...

Thanks Tina. Ya, I know accidents happen. I think I even mentioned that in the post. My biggest disappointment/worry is just in the fear of having our information out there. I hope you are right and that it was destroyed to the point that no one could read it. It's just scary with all the fraud out there these days.

anyway, it's all good. Oh, and welcome! - I'm happy to have you as a new reader!

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