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Cash instead of stamps

A couple of weeks ago Cornelius finally returned the ‘Paint me’ canvas I’d sent him.  Instead of painting it, he plastered it with 16 stamp-vending-machine-stamps of different values, adding up to the neccessary postage of €1.45. With Cornelius taking the interpretation of “paint” quite far, I decided to do the same with the postage. Instead of using stamps, I used superglue (admittedly, a lot;-) and coins, also adding up to the required postage of 1.45:

Canvas Postcard using Coins instead of Stamps as postage.

Canvas Postcard using Coins instead of Stamps as postage.

It actually took the canvas quite a while to be delivered (I mailed it Feb 9th, JC confirmed delivery on Feb 18th. He sent me the following snapshot of the canvas delivered:

Deutsche Post has removed the postage-coins. Image courtesy of Cornelius

Deutsche Post has removed the postage-coins. Image courtesy of Cornelius

So, Deutsche Post actually spent quite some time removing the coins and thereby tearing the canvas, as I had hoped it would. From the purple writing I assume that somebody in the mail sorting facility decided that the mailman was supposed to charge Nachentgelt (additional fee for non-standard mail/for annoying the people in the mail sorting facility) from Cornelius as well.

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Dear Deutsche Post, …

…on August 9th I dropped the following canvas in one of your many mailboxes:

"Paint me" canvas sent to Maria on August 9th

“Paint me” canvas sent to Maria on August 9th.

and three days later you returned it to me like this:

“Paint me” canvas returned by Deutsche Post with one Stamp missing.

Somewhere in between the mailbox and the Briefzentrum Freiburg (the sorting facility), one of the two 145 Cent stamps was lost. You added a sticker stating that my shipment was lacking postage and that I had to pay another 165 Cents.

I had been using adhesive stamps on purpose, because I know that the other stamps usually don’t stick to well. Obviously, the adhesive stamps don’t either. Weird that I have sent out over 50 of these canvases so far and no other ones have been returned to me because of the lack of postage.

So now, dear Deutsche Post, you are going to make me pay extra for the poor quality of the adhesive used on your stamps?