UPS Canada delivery is terrible


My friends have been complaining that I haven’t posted one of my famous complaint letters for some time.

In the past I loved writing complaint letters as it gave a false sense of agency over my life. However, as I’ve grown and matured the desire to complain about everything has significantly diminished… until today.

I recently switched to a new cell phone carrier and was waiting for delivery of my SIM card. I waited for two days. Each day UPS claimed that they had attempted to delivery. However, they did not bother to ring my buzzer or leave a delivery notification card.

I would like to file a formal complaint about the following delivery:

I did receive the item, however, there were several problems that I would like to bring to your attention.

Firstly, according to the tracking information the following delivery attempts were made:

06/04/2020 13:48 BURNABY, Canada The receiver was not available at the time of the second delivery attempt. A final attempt will be made.

06/03/2020 12:21 Richmond, BC, Canada The receiver was not available for delivery. We’ll make a second attempt the next business day.

This information is false. I was at home yesterday and today and nobody from UPS buzzed my apartment or left a delivery slip.

I phoned the UPS call centre this afternoon and spoke with a customer service agent, who was very professional and helpful, and she instructed a supervisor to call me back just a little while ago. The supervisor, who was also very courteous and helpful, told me that the package would be delivered today.

When I spoke to the supervisor she suggested that there may have been some confusion with respect to the intercom as some apartments have different buzzer numbers. However, I am not inclined to give the driver the benefit of the doubt as the buzzer codes are clearly labelled on the intercom.

My building’s intercom is not rocket science.

I have lived here for 15 years and have never had a driver report difficulty in buzzing my suite. When a tenant is not home UPS drivers normally leave a delivery notification slip. However, your driver did not leave one yesterday or today.

The driver finally came about 20 minutes ago. She buzzed and told me there was an envelope and I asked her to give it to me in person as the item is a SIM card for my cell phone which is my primary method of communication.

However, when I went down to the lobby I found the envelope on the front window in a very busy area and the driver was already gone.  Anyone could have taken that package. Additionally, I was supposed to sign for this item but no signature was collected.

UPS left the envelope… open… in a semi-public area. Notice the track marks.

Normally I wouldn’t care, however, the SIM card is a very sensitive item in terms of privacy and data. I did not appreciate the lackadaisical approach to delivery in this instance.

My new SIM card arrived damaged.

Finally, I would like to address the condition of my envelope and its contents. When the driver eventually delivered the envelope it was open and in very poor condition.

The envelope appears to have tire marks on it, the SIM card was bent and the enclosed paperwork was crumpled up. Fortunately, the chip was not bent otherwise the SIM card might have been non-functional. I would like to believe that this was not intentional on the part of the driver…

I have attached photos of everything for your reference.

Suffice to say, I am very dissapointed with UPS and intend to bring this to the attention of the relevant parties at Telus. If this is how UPS treats their customers I strongly suspect they would like to know.

I am a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada who has blogged here for 20 years. I like to share my thoughts and feelings on my own online space. From 1998 until 2017 I worked as a journalist and I hope to use this website as an archive for all of my stories.


  1. Just Reading your Blog, and can’t agree more. UPS has the worst service, terrible customer service and don’t care one bit about the customer! Filing BBB complaint as I write this to you.

  2. I have a great 🙄 addition to your complaint. Order a Louis Vuitton purse for Christmas gift. Stalked the websites until the specific one was in stock….got it!!!! I am!
    Ships via UPS..update says deliver 12/20/21 @ 9:14 a.m. and “Hope” at receiving signed for it. I am not Hope and your home, although pleasant does not have nor need a receiver.
    Much gnashing of teeth and on hold for about a decade speak with a customer rep….Lionel, does some digging and…apparently the driver went to the wrong address and gave package to Hope…3k purse…..that I paid for….that UPS was legally contracted to deliver to me. Won’t tell me address of Hope, as her privacy is important, mine; meh, not so much. She stold the package knowingly, her name wasn’t on it and was wrong address. I think driver tried to give gf a early gift!!!

  3. Hi Nathaniel, how did you filed a formal complaint as I want to file one too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t lucky to receive my item like you were. Instead I had someone else pick up my item with the most ridiculous accepted signature, with a capital, of my first letter of my name….it boggles my mind how they think that’s acceptable.

  4. I also live in Burnaby BC and am receiving consistently poor and misleading service and communication with UPS. Although I am in my apartment at the time marked as an attempted delivery I never get a call from the entrance phone. My name and the code are clearly displayed.
    Also, they leave behind post-it notes at the front door. I seldom use that entrance. I am looking for an alternative service that merchants might use.

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