Heh where to begin??
Years ago tried ordering a hard drive online, should be simple right? First delivery no one was in, fair enough. Called up to arrange the item to be left in the shed at the back of the garden. Got home the next day to find ANOTHER note, so another call. "Oh yeah sorry the note didn't get passed onto the driver, we'll deliver tomorrow ok?". Fine. Next day still nothing so call again "oh that's the three attempts you'll have to come pick it up". "Um I don't think so seeing as it was your errors the last two, when can you re-deliver?". I quote "we'll have to see when we are out that way again, then we'll drop it off". I hit the roof (something I rarely do on the phone :) ).
Mind you some of the stories I read make the mind boggle. Like the time someones waiting for a parcel, so works in the lounge, hears the van pull up and goes to the door. To his surprise a note gets shoved through the door saying "we tried to deliver, blah blah". He opens the door to the surprised van driver and goes "What's this then?". Driver mumbles something, so the person tells him to take him to the depot now so he can pick the parcel up and then drop him back off, which they do!
Saying that my favourite is the one where a cheerful van driver knocks on the door of the customers house and waits till it's answered "ah just checking your in, didn't want to bring it up if you wern't here I'll go and get it". Goes back to the van and starts rummaging through the back. Comes back five minutes later a little embarassed and says he can't find the packet and is very sorry. Can he take the customers mobile and he'll call when they find it? Driver goes, five minutes later the customer's mobile goes and it's the van driver asking if he can drop the packet off? "That was quick" says the customer "where was it?" Driver replies sheepisly "on the front seat, I'd put it there as it was the first delivery!"