Would love to get some feedback from some folks.
Background: I got married on March 31st (I am a very blessed husband!) My fiancÚ (at the time) sent out invitations on Feb. 17th.
After arriving home from our honeymoon, my wife went to her apartment to gather some things and check her mail. She had a notice that she had received a package, and picked it up from the office at her apartment complex.
Inside the package was a letter from the Atlanta Mail Recovery Center, along with 73 non-mailed wedding invitations. The form letter stated "The enclosed was found loose in the mail or was damaged in handling and processing at one of our facilities."
When Kati dropped the invitations off, she had them in 4 boxes. She handed them to the postal worker, and asked if they needed to be taken out of the boxes. The worker replied that they didn't. We sent out roughly 300 invitations.
Interesting to me was that in the Priority Box that the USPS used to return our invitations, they came in the original box that Kati had used when she dropped them off almost 2 months ago. The box itself had a fine cut through the top of it, but the mail itself was not harmed (aside from one envelope that had been opened, which I can only assume was done by a postal worker...which I don't know why they would do that).
Three boxes of invitations were mailed. One box wasn't, which accounted for over 200 people that should have been invited to our wedding. Since we had two receptions, a cake and punch immediately following the ceremony, and a dinner reception with much fewer guests, we only did an RSVP for the dinner reception (in hindsight, we should have done differently).
My opinion is that the post office we dropped them off at failed to mail them, and they are trying to cover their tracks. I can't find any other reason to know why they would still have the box we dropped them off in, especially in a letter coming from Atlanta.
On Monday, I am going to go to the post office they were mailed from to talk with the highest person on the totem poll that I can find. I realize that our wedding is over, and I am grateful for those who came to support us...but I am very disappointed in what appears to me an attempt by the USPS to cover their tracks.
MY QUESTION: Should I expect/demand any sort of compensation? The stamps themselves were not postmarked, but after being on the envelope for two months, they aren't coming off.
Thank you in advance for any advice.