Seaford father charged £50 to send soldier son a parcel - because the tape was too heavy (From The Argus)
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Seaford father charged £50 to send soldier son a parcel - because the tape was too heavy
A soldier's father was told he would have to pay £50 to send a care package to him in Afghanistan because the tape was too heavy.
John Lawson, of Seaford, wanted to send the package to his son Daniel and checked the weight was under the 2kg limit.
The cashier at Newhaven Post Office weighted the package as 1.96kg. But once Mr Lawson taped up the box in front of her, it weighed two grams over the two kilogramme limit.
Mr Lawson offered to pay the extra postage cost but was told he would have to pay for the whole parcel – costing around £50.
The cost of the extra weight would have been just 87 pence to send by airmail, but Mr Lawson was banned from paying the extra.
The furious father said: “I couldn’t believe she was such a jobsworth. I weighed it in front of her and it was 1.96kg, but by the time it was taped up it was two grams over.
“I know they have to have rules, but this seems a bit ridiculous. It was only two measly grams over and they refused to send it.
“My son and many others are out there serving this country and putting their lives on the line.
“My son has been at a forward operating base for a month. He’s not at a big base, so he lives on rations.
“The parcel contained things like Pot Noodles and drinking chocolate to supplement his rations.
“It was just a few home comforts for his time serving our country.”
Mr Lawson declined to pay the £50, and instead repacked it at home and sent it from a different post office.
A spokesman for the Royal Mail said: “The weight limit is imposed by the Ministry of Defence and we cannot go beyond that.”
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