a28b2872bd39f56ee5ecdacf12274cdbWouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where your biggest problem would be that your relatives didn’t get their gifts on time? UPS had some delivery fails this week – and the Internet went nuts.

The delays were blamed on bad weather and overloaded systems. More and more people are doing their shopping online these days, and more and more people are used to procrastinating because we are spoiled by Amazon’s two day guaranteed shipping. I made that second reason up, but I’m pretty sure that had something to do with it. UPS was also still offering next day delivery as late as the 23rd, which was probably a horrible decision.

I’m sure it was amazing to hear that even though you are the worst at time management around the holidays and didn’t manage to get your ass to the store before the week of Christmas – UPS was still going to save the day. And then they didn’t. Can we agree that this is a group fail? If getting a present under a tree by Christmas morning is a huge deal for you – you might want to try mailing it out a few days early.

I feel bad for the drivers, who apparently had the worst season, ever:

“This has been the worst Christmas ever,” said Larry Ledet, 55, of Houston, who has been a UPS driver for 27 years. He made 337 stops and delivered 505 packages Monday.

Even though Ledet and other UPS drivers have been pulling 60-hour weeks, thousands of holiday gifts didn’t arrive by Christmas.

337 stops? How is that even possible? That man deserves a medal.

Of course, as to be expected, a ton of people took to social media to complain about how disappointed they were in UPS, with the hashtag, #UPSfail. If you’d like to read a string of complaints by adults who simply cannot understand HOW something like this could happen – it’s kind of entertaining.

Maybe next year people will plan better – or UPS and other delivery companies won’t make promises they can’t keep. What would be the best though, would be if we could all get a little perspective for once, and realize that if the worst thing you have to complain about around the holidays are some late gifts, you are a very, very lucky person. There are plenty of people who are #broke, #hungry and #homeless. I don’t usually play in the suffering Olympics, but when it comes to hearing complaints about stuff like this around the holidays – I kind of lose it. Do you know how depressing and awful the holidays are for some people? Gah! I’m getting off my soapbox now.

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