Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Express package meets with fowl play, but employees flock to save contents

FROZEN CHICKEN NOT ON MENU

Rosie is one lucky bird, thanks to special care of Sioux Falls, SD, P&DC employees who took the chicken under their wing until she could wing her way to her final destination.

The prize-winning show bird had been sent as a gift from California to Mt. Carmel, TN. But the owner put a wrong ZIP Code on the label and the bird landed in Sioux Falls P&DF –– a thousand miles away from where it belonged.

And right behind her arrival an Arctic cold snap rolled in, which prevented any live animals from flying in the bays of airplanes.

There was no other choice but to keep the bird at the plant. The owner was called who consented to her care and gave special feeding and care instructions.

The employees at the plant cared for her during her stay. Rosie dined on various breakfast cereals, fruit and cat food. Using a lid from a small container, she even had a custom watering dish.

Using an air vent tab and tape, an employee gave Rosie had a secure perch where employees could keep an eye on her –– and she could have a bird’s eye view of what was happening.

“She was very social and comfortable,” said Mail Processing Clerk Alice Kadinger. “She didn’t seem to feel cooped up at all.”

The new owner, Shalla Miller, was thrilled with the extra care that went into her prize bird.

“She’s in the pen with her mate right now and she’s obviously very happy to have warmer temperatures,” said Miller. “She’s not interested in any more side trips to the Dakotas anytime soon.”

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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

So cute!!

Anonymous said...

I went back to my PO once on a Saturday afternoon and twice on Sunday to feed and water baby chicks once when the recipient got called out of town unexpectedly and called in a panic because the temps were too cool so they couldn't be left at his home. Customer service; it's what we SHOULD do.

hailstone said...

Encouraging to see the change taken place at the Sioux Falls P&DC since my last experience.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone missed out on a good chicken dinner.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness someone was aware of this bird. It shows that the USPS does care for the "parcels" entrusted to its care.

Anonymous said...

Charming story - good PR for USPS!

Anonymous said...

Our P&DF sent baby chicks to our post office on a Sunday in cold weather. By the time I opened on Monday all that was left were smelly blobs of feathers.

Anonymous said...

Great PR for the USPS. We, the employees, do take the service in Postal Service to heart. Everyone of us has a story like this to tell where we went above and beyond. I am proud to work for the Postal Service.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Sioux Fall SD P&DC! I don't know what Hailstones' experience may have been, but my memories from there are great!

Anonymous said...

Winner winner chicken dinner

Bianca J said...

Awh, that is just lovely. So glad Rosie made it safely home.

Anonymous said...

I used to have a customer who mailed fancy chickens to customers all over the country. I couldn't believe how valuable they were. I'm glad Rosie was well taken care of.

Anonymous said...

I am so very proud of the postal employees who provided Rosie her special care during her delivery delays. I like chickens, too

jwright@ltsd.k12.pa.us said...

I am very pleased that these folks responded with compassion to an animal in trouble. The best in people shows when they do for those who cannot do, or speak, for themselves.
The character of these postal employees has shown through.
D.C.

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Anonymous said...

I work in Express and we get baby chicks, roosters, and other live animals all the time. What I hate is in the summer here in AZ it gets too hot to send birds and we receive them already dead or almost dead. Thanks to the caring Postal Workers, for taking care of the fowl.