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What's stopping postal workers from discarding/stealing small packages?

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What's stopping postal workers from discarding/stealing small packages?

It's a serious question because I really think my small/cheap packages are being discarded/stolen by Canada Post workers. I mean what's stopping them from just bagging it since it's usually untracked? If some ******* sees I ordered a mouse for example, what's stopping him from just taking it while doing a delivery route? I've ordered ~20 small, untracked parcels, and so far ~12 of them have still not been delivered after 3 months, I'm 99% sure they're never gonna get delivered. That's a 60% undelivered/loss rate, absolutely ridiculous. Fortunately I'm successfully getting refunds on pretty much every single one, but the seller is also taking a loss here.
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Umm, lets see. Most Canada Post delivery workers could never find another job that they get to exercise all day long at, and get paid for it. They face criminal prosecution if caught, not just getting fired from their job. They deliver so many parcels every year of varying values that opening up little packets from China simply isn't worth it. If they open the wrong one up, they potentially face exposure to very dangerous substances like Fentanyl which is probably incorporated surreptitiously into those mountains of trinket packages that come from China.

Even if the package was properly declared, a 'mouse' could just be a synonym for a dildo or something. Its not like a Canada Post employee can just go 'shopping' from the mail. Sure, they might deliver a package here and there for which the contents are obvious and verifiable, but stealing them?? Most CP thefts apparently have been diversions because the employee in question is either lazy/mentally ill, or physically not up for the demands of the job anymore. So a lot of mail gets thrown into a garbage dumpster or secretly hoarded.
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Nov 25, 2015
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WAIT, YOU TOO?

I'M MISSING QUITE A FEW PACKAGES TOO AND SMALL ITEMS.

WHAT AREA ARE YOU IN? IM IN ETOBICOKE.
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I don't think I have ever had anything lost in the mail before, so that is quite a track record you have.

Is this stuff coming from China? Stuff from China can take months to arrive. How do you know it's Canada Post's fault?

One of the things that stops people doing things they're not supposed to do is a conscience. They don't ask "what's stopping me from..." they just know that it's wrong because they were born into a good culture, had a good upbringing, and aren't a piece of human garbage.
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mbg wrote:
Sep 6th, 2019 8:32 am
I don't think I have ever had anything lost in the mail before, so that is quite a track record you have.

Is this stuff coming from China? Stuff from China can take months to arrive. How do you know it's Canada Post's fault?

One of the things that stops people doing things they're not supposed to do is a conscience. They don't ask "what's stopping me from..." they just know that it's wrong because they were born into a good culture, had a good upbringing, and aren't a piece of human garbage.
I used to order stuff form EBay that originated in China. It took months to get, if I got it at all. I stopped ordering anything coming from China.
Blaming Canada Post may be wrong, it could very well be China Post.
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lol why would a postal work ...risk the huge wages...great benefits, great vacation times and stat holidays...and lastly a huge pension to steal a pc of $1 junk from China.

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I buy small and cheap stuff from China too, and I'm conscious items may get lost on their way, but never blame the postal office (it could happen in any postal office in China too, not just in Canada).

It's a gamble, so I check first the seller's reputation, to see if the seller offers good communication/refund or resend items.
Mostly, a good seller is aware of his/her reputation and instead of having a bad review and lose a customer, they offer a refund or to re-send another item for free.

The items can take more time than 3 months.

For example:
An item took almost 3 months, I contacted the seller, he offered another item. Both items arrived. I was supposed to return the extra item but the seller told me not to bother and to keep it.
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Nothing other than the fear of getting caught but I think any issues you see are far more likely from the far end. Out of all the items I've ordered this year, 4 have failed to arrive and all 4 have been sent via SunYou Economic Air Mail. Coincidence?
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thelefteyeguy wrote:
Sep 6th, 2019 9:02 am
lol why would a postal work ...risk the huge wages...great benefits, great vacation times and stat holidays...and lastly a huge pension to steal a pc of $1 junk from China.

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Exactly, if anything, I think potential thieves would avoid small packages shipped economy mail from China. They would probably go after things that look like greeting cards in case there's cash or gift cards in them.
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This could be done by the sellers as well.
There is a way to create fake tracking numbers.
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On the other hand, what's stopping you from stealing stuff from your own place of work?
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it might be fun opening then stealing little packets. But how many bike bells would a postal worker want or need? It just gets tedious after a while.

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