Coining it in

York Press: . .

I HAVE stumbled across an easy way for the privatised Royal Mail to stay in the FTSE 100. It is not only that the shares have increased in value since the flotation, but that the phone-line dealing with complaints must be a money-spinner.

I live in a flat and watched the postman fail to enter the block as the tradesman’s button was time expired. He did not try any of the other buttons to see if anyone was in.

I rang directory inquiries and asked to be put through to the Royal Mail number. I was told that it would cost £2.90 per minute, never guessing that the Royal Mail phone service was a pantomime of selecting numbers. At last, I spoke to a person, who told me that my post code did not exist.

I did get an apology, but now expect an additional £15 to £20 on my phone bill.

So I authorise The Press to give the Royal Mail my full name and address, so that I can receive some shares or a book of first-class stamps, whichever is the more valuable early next year.

Tony Martin, Clarence Street, York.

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12:20pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Mulgrave says...

Perhaps your postcode doesn't exist for Royal mail because the flats have only been built in the last twenty years? That is how long both North and South Humberside have been abolished, but it is still the default county on about 50% of databases as Royal Mail are incapable of recognising East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire as the replacements.
Perhaps your postcode doesn't exist for Royal mail because the flats have only been built in the last twenty years? That is how long both North and South Humberside have been abolished, but it is still the default county on about 50% of databases as Royal Mail are incapable of recognising East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire as the replacements. Mulgrave

11:17am Mon 23 Dec 13

old_geezer says...

Mulgrave wrote:
Perhaps your postcode doesn't exist for Royal mail because the flats have only been built in the last twenty years? That is how long both North and South Humberside have been abolished, but it is still the default county on about 50% of databases as Royal Mail are incapable of recognising East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire as the replacements.
I once dealt with postcodes in my IT job. The database is sold to and customised by various software houses, but the source lists 3 options: historic county (pre-1974 when Humberside, Cleveland, Cumbria etc first appeared), reorganised, and current. So there's a choice of which option to use.

And anyway Royal Mail haven't included county as a required part of correct postal address for quite a few years.
[quote][p][bold]Mulgrave[/bold] wrote: Perhaps your postcode doesn't exist for Royal mail because the flats have only been built in the last twenty years? That is how long both North and South Humberside have been abolished, but it is still the default county on about 50% of databases as Royal Mail are incapable of recognising East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire as the replacements.[/p][/quote]I once dealt with postcodes in my IT job. The database is sold to and customised by various software houses, but the source lists 3 options: historic county (pre-1974 when Humberside, Cleveland, Cumbria etc first appeared), reorganised, and current. So there's a choice of which option to use. And anyway Royal Mail haven't included county as a required part of correct postal address for quite a few years. old_geezer

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