When UPS Teams Up With USPS, Your Package Magically Travels To 29 States And Back-And-Forth Through Time

Finally, an opportunity to use one of the many Doctor Who pics in our Flickr pool (Photo: Great Beyond)

Finally, an opportunity to use one of the many Doctor Who pics in our Flickr pool (Photo: Great Beyond)

Consumerist Reader Jocelyn went online today to check on the shipping status of her Shutterfly order, only to find that UPS and the U.S. Postal Service had managed to fold space and time, somehow sending her package to 78 different locations in 29 states (and Washington, D.C.), all while going back and forth through time.

At the bottom of this post is a partial screengrab of the mess Jocelyn found when she tracked her package online. It had been shipped using UPS Mail Innovations, which combines the worst of both companies.

“It shipped from Shutterfly on June 3, and was first processed in Auburn, WA,” writes Jocelyn. “The next couple check-ins were all in the next couple days, June 4th and 5th, as it made its way from WA to Fontana, CA. Then, suddenly, the package went back in time, and somehow managed to visit nearly half the states in the US within a 24-hour time period.”

That list continues to get larger. In the short time between receiving Jocelyn’s e-mail and checking out the tracking info for ourselves, dozens of new entries were added.

It’s obviously a glitch, and Jocelyn is more amused at the silliness of this error than she is worried about her package bouncing around like it’s trapped in a TARDIS that’s gone haywire.

“I’m not actually concerned about the package getting to me,” she admits. “I bet it will be at my house in the next couple days. But I definitely seem to have run into some strange glitch.”

Just for giggles, here is the mammoth screengrab Jocelyn sent us today. Again, this is only partial:
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