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Posted by: thaiga
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:37:13 PM »

Second class service: Father posts letter to school one mile away ... it arrives two months later after being sent to Thailand

A letter addressed to a school a mile away has finally been delivered - following a 16,000 mile round trip to Thailand.
Shamim Ahmed needed to pay for his children's tuition fees at Ridgefield school in Cambridge, so he promptly stuck a first class stamp on the envelope, and assumed the letter would arrive at the school within a day or two.
He got increasingly worried as the weeks went by, and the school started phoning him for payment.
So two months later, Shamim was forced to pay the school in cash - only for the letter to arrive, complete with a Thailand postmark.

Shamim, who works as a waiter at the Taj Tandoori restaurant in Cherry Hinton, sent the letter to Ridgefield primary school on Radegund Road, Cambridge on January 4 this year.
But the school, where two of his four children, Riaa, 16, and Esha, 13, go, contacted him when they did not receive payment, and he was forced to hand over cash when they continued to pursue the payment.
The cheque finally arrived three months later, at the end of March.

He said: 'No-one ever believes you when you say "your cheque is in the mail" but in this case it really was true.
'I thought it would get there the next day - I couldn’t believe it when it didn’t turn up until the end of March.
'When the school finally got the letter they called me to tell me what had happened, I couldn’t believe it, for a while I thought it might even have been stolen.
'It had this mark on it from Thailand. Who knows where it has gone on the way?'

'I don’t know how it happened. It must have got mixed up with the international post but it only cost me the price of a first class stamp.
'This sort of thing might happen in other parts of the world but in a developed country there is really no excuse.'

Royal Mail spokeswoman Valerie Antoine could not explain why the letter was diverted across the world but apologised for the confusion.
She said: 'This is a mystery, but we apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
'We deliver 59 million items of mail to 29 million customers across the UK six days a week so a misdelivery such as this is very rare.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2127224/Second-class-service-Father-posts-letter-school-mile-away---arrives-months-later-sent-Thailand.html#ixzz1rYtpPC8V


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