Lake Area residents respond to delay on Christmas packages - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Area residents respond to delay on Christmas packages

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

Every Christmas, Barbara Combs of Lake Charles receives a pound cake in the mail from her brother in law in Colorado. This year, it's a different story.

"According to the post office there," said Combs. "It should've came no later than Monday. Tuesday, I saw my mail man out here, and I asked him, 'Where's my package?' "

Barbara's package, like many across America, did not arrive in time for Christmas. UPS and FedEx are under fire for failing to deliver packages in time for the holiday. In a statement, the delays are blamed on poor weather and systems overloaded by a shorter holiday shopping period. The U.S. Postal Service says holiday volume jumped 19 percent over the same period last year.

"It's very frustrating, because this is a cake," said Combs. "By the time cake gets here, it will be stale. I mean, it's been over a week. Who wants to eat a cake that's over a week old?"

U.S. Postal Service Public Affairs Officer Mckinney Boyd says a partnership with FedEx and UPS allows them to deliver what they call "the last mile."

Both carriers don't deliver to certain zip codes across the country. That's when the postal service picks up the slack.

"It gives those particular delivery agencies an opportunity to forward those packages to post offices that's in that area," said Boyd. "Then, they can deliver the packages to the post office, and then postal letter carriers can deliver it to the addressee."

As Christmas passes and another day goes by, residents are still waiting.

"Our local packages right here in the states should get [packages] to us before Christmas, I don't understand that," said Combs.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 4:47 PM EDT2018-05-23 20:47:16 GMT
    Monitoring the Gulf for any developmentMonitoring the Gulf for any development

    The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located south of the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a 0% chance of development over the next couple of days before increasing late-week and weekend as it pushes into the Gulf of Mexico.

    More >>

    The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located south of the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a 0% chance of development over the next couple of days before increasing late-week and weekend as it pushes into the Gulf of Mexico.

    More >>
  • LEGAL CORNER: Can my HOA remove things from my property?

    LEGAL CORNER: Can my HOA remove things from my property?

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-05-23 20:07:39 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Can a Home Owners Association enter my property and remove something that does not meet the rules of HOA? Do property owners have the right to protect their person and property? Is this a violation of the property owner’s constitutional rights? ANSWER: Provided that the Home Owners Association rules are not against public policy or in violation of some federal and state law, then the rules are va...

    More >>

    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: Can a Home Owners Association enter my property and remove something that does not meet the rules of HOA? Do property owners have the right to protect their person and property? Is this a violation of the property owner’s constitutional rights? ANSWER: Provided that the Home Owners Association rules are not against public policy or in violation of some federal and state law, then the rules are va...

    More >>
  • Man robbed at Twelve Palms testifies during Johnnie Hardman murder trial

    Man robbed at Twelve Palms testifies during Johnnie Hardman murder trial

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-05-23 19:19:10 GMT
    Johnnie Hardman (Source: KPLC)Johnnie Hardman (Source: KPLC)
    Johnnie Hardman (Source: KPLC)Johnnie Hardman (Source: KPLC)

    Jurors heard from a man who was robbed at the Twelve Palms RV Park the day that Joshua Touchet was shot and died.

    Witness Clinton Curtice told how there were three men and that one approached him with a handgun and demanded money.  Curtice identified that man as Johnnie Hardman. Hardman is on trial on a charge of first degree-murder.

    More >>

    Jurors heard from a man who was robbed at the Twelve Palms RV Park the day that Joshua Touchet was shot and died.

    Witness Clinton Curtice told how there were three men and that one approached him with a handgun and demanded money.  Curtice identified that man as Johnnie Hardman. Hardman is on trial on a charge of first degree-murder.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly