Back in August, our studio sent a package to one of our customers in Fremont, CA. The package was insured for $950 and contained a 30×40 enlargement picture that was mounted and laminated and also framed. We sent it to them using UPS Ground. The package was delivered in promised time, but when the couple received the picture at their door, they noticed that the package had a huge break/dent in it all the way down pass the packaging and on to the enlargement itself!
The damage to the package was so severe that the original 2 layers of 1.5″ foam layers were crumbled like cookies and more than half of the packaging material has already been lost by the time the package was delivered!
Luckly the frame that the enlargement was in was unharmed and was in perfect condition. They immediately told the UPS driver that they wanted to file a claim with UPS, but he refused to accept their claim because they are not the Sender. NO SH*T they’re not the sender, but they are the people paying for this precious wedding enlargement portrait and why would they want a big whole in their wedding portrait!?!
2 Phone calls later from us, the sender, UPS has agreed to accept this claim and has sent a driver to pickup the damaged package to get it checked out and possibly issue a check to cover the damage that was done.
When the driver went to pick up the damaged package, he insisted on taking the frame that was undamaged and shipping it in the originally damaged packaging that CAN NOT provide any protection for the frame in transit! We had no choice, it was either all or nothing the driver told them, so they reluctantly let the driver take the package.
2 weeks later, we receive a beated up box with a frame in it that didn’t even resemble the original frame that we originally shipped. I asked our driver what happens now, he told us that if they returned the packaging to you it must mean that they’ve approved of the claim and a check should follow shortly.
We thought, great news! So we didn’t call anyone at UPS and just waited for our claims check to come.
Today, I called UPS and asked for the status of this claim and gave them the tracking number of this package. The person on the phone asked me for my fax number and told me that she was going to fax me some paperwork so that I can get it resolved. I thought that was strange, I thought it was already taken care of….? I get the fax and it says that it was not packaged properly and that the claim has been denied.
They will not pay for the damage done to the picture. But more unbelievably, they will not take responsibility for the complete destruction that they have done to the frame, which was fine!
So the latest is that NO ONE from 1-800-PICK-UPS can help me anymore since it has already been denied. And one of my LOCAL rep’s will contact me before the end of the day Monday.
I think you guys have already stopped reading this junk 8 paragraphs ago, but I’ll still keep you updated on this……