The situation is fraught, FRAUGHT, I tell you. Here's the deal. The current paper carrier is new. He only started this route about a month ago. Since then, I have missed my paper 7 times. It should be simple enough. But, wait! The young lady who lives next door to me moved in about a month ago. So, she has to be considered a suspect, doesn't she? I admit I unreasonably thought at first that she was the perp, because she's very noisy, slamming her door at all hours, talking loud and has a potty mouth to boot. OK, I realize that's not enough to go on. I do try to be fair, after all. So, I have been calling the Circulation Department of the newspaper to report that I am not getting my paper every day, only because that's actually the logical conclusion, in my mind.
Every time I call the Circulation Department, they tell me they'll credit my account, which I also have my doubts about, because mine is either a three or six month subscription and I never have any evidence that my account has been credited and the renewal notices come like clockwork anyway. And they assure me that they will report my complaint to the carrier's supervisor. Then, nothing else happens. Today, I received the assurance that said supervisor will call me tomorrow to see if we can resolve the problem. I'm not holding my breath.
I haven't just been sitting here, taking it on the chin. either. I have set a trap, which means that I have to get up at around 4 or 5 a.m. and look outside to see if the paper is there. If it's there, the plan is to leave it there and check again, at the usual time that I bring it in. If it's still there, I think I can assume the neighbor isn't snagging it. But, if it isn't there at 4 or 5 a.m., and it still isn't there by the time I get up again, I am going to assume the carrier is to blame.
Alas, there are many variables to this plan. It isn't foolproof, by any means. I certainly don't want to be the cause of the carrier being wrongfully fired. And, I don't want to wrongly accuse the neighbor and cause her to be evicted. What if neither one of them is to blame? What if it's someone else who's getting the paper? What if it's some of the many, many children living near me in the complex, who seem to travel in packs and who are undoubtedly already bored with summer and looking for some mischief to get into? In the 12+ years that I have lived in this apartment, this has never happened before, which is not to say it can't start happening.
Maybe I should just cancel my subscription and read the paper online, even though I look forward to having my paper in my hands while I drink my morning coffee. What to do, what to do? And, WHY ME?