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so it happened to me.. no options?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by jaminjohnson, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. deadbody

    deadbody Savant (340) Minnesota May 10, 2010

    Companies violate ToS all the time on their own terms for customer loyalty reasons. Those are the terms they give you, if they choose to violate them to your betterment there is not a problem there.

    My guess is the cop didn't read the terms clearly, or didn't really understand them/decided it was a civil matter not criminal. If OP had pushed it and said he wanted the dude arrestted for theft and wanted to file a police report I think a different tune would have been sung.
     
  2. beer30jax

    beer30jax Aficionado (130) Florida Jun 27, 2012

    I would stand on public property in front of the guys store with a sign that says "don't use this business, they screwed me" or something to that affect. I guarantee he doesn't want that to happen and will cave, if the beer is still there.
     
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  3. IANAL, but if there is one thing I have learned over the years from the lawyers I do know, it's that there is only so much they can do both a) over the Internet, and b) outside their direct area and geography of practice. Point being, it's not quite as easy as golawyeritupformebro.
     
  4. gn0sis

    gn0sis Savant (290) Massachusetts Dec 17, 2007

    I know. I'm hoping with the large volume of lawyer BA's we'll get lucky.
     
  5. nanobrew

    nanobrew Initiate (0) California Dec 31, 2008

    seems like the place has no reviews. Maybe the OP can help out. Whether he is following rules or not, the manager sounds like a jerk. The solution is easy, hand back the box and say "don't do it again". Destroying the contents is just to prove a point and to flex some pseudo power. I never understand why some managers like flexing their muscles when it only cost them business. There truly are a lot of shitty managers out there, and they wonder why their sales go down.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-mail-box-store-bethalto
     
  6. jbeezification

    jbeezification Savant (415) Texas Jun 6, 2012

    I am obviously late on this topic, but it is not illegal to ship alcohol through fedex, people ship wine literally all the time and they actually make packages specifically for wine bottles. The guy is trying to scare you and he obviously is doing a good job and trying to strong arm you into paying some fine or I don't know something. Lawyer up.

    I had a shipment get damaged a few weeks ago (I made a thread also) and not only did they send back my broken bottles, but they accepted and are paying my insurance claim as well as giving me free shipping for when I re-package and ship again, which I reshipped yesterday at no cost.
     
  7. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009

    Let's stop the madness.....it IS ILLEGAL to ship alcohol across state lines without a license. Period.

    Not saying this guy isn't a douche, but let's keep it to the facts. Three-tier system and all that jazz. Places that DO ship have licenses to do so.
     
  8. Would suck if the FedEx guy found sugar in his gas tank.

    I kid I kid...
     
  9. Franch

    Franch Advocate (540) New York Mar 22, 2011

    i'd goandlawyeritupformebro just because this guy sounds horrendous and whether it's losing or not, it'd be not a lot of work for a great cause, but unauthorized practice of law is unappetizing.
     
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  10. I'd love to know the Fed-Ex location.
    I'd like to file some complaints, and maybe a few personal notes :D
     
  11. Re: Egregious abuse of power: I don't know how you could make such a determination without knowing what the OP agreed to as his TOS.

    On what basis do you assert the claim of duress? OP certainly hasn't claimed it. He said he didn't know what he was signing. That's not duress. That's carelessness. Harsh, but true.
     
  12. Well, I think its more complex than, "it's illegal. period." The 21st amendment, section 2 I believe made it up to the states whether the transportation/importation of alcohol is prohibited (or even prohibited outright, which is still permissible, constitutionally speaking).

    So like we've all heard from attorneys before, the correct answer is "it depends." And what it depends on is the law in both the shipping and recipient state, and possibly all those in between.

    This is a decent resource:

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004/alcohol-policy.htm
     
  13. MordorMongo

    MordorMongo Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2009

    That is what source I used actually, and sure there are a couple of exceptions but the general jist is a license is required. Plus you are dealing with packages entering more than just two states for the most part. It is a much more true generalization to say illegal than it is to say legal, surely you will agree with that.


    Edit : not to mention most of the exceptions are for wine and beer if I understand correctly has different laws in most states and is required to be purchased via three tier system
     
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  16. jegross2

    jegross2 Advocate (715) Illinois Jan 3, 2010

    As a friend of the other trader who hear what happened, I'm pretty certain they can't destroy your box. They are bailees for hire. That does not give them rights of anything but possession
     
  17. jegross2

    jegross2 Advocate (715) Illinois Jan 3, 2010

    They can fine you all they want; they have 0 authority to enforce it except to ban you until you pay. They are not a government entity
     
  18. jegross2

    jegross2 Advocate (715) Illinois Jan 3, 2010

    So i just glanced through the FedEx terms and conditions of service, and i did not see any disclaimer of bailee duties, nor anything related to "we can keep your package or destroy it."

    Bailees for hire owe various duties, including a duty care/return of goods and liability for failure to do so. You should seriously call fed ex legal if they havent destroyed your package. they have 0 right to hold it as far as I can tell

    The best they can argue is you maybe violated Sec. 16 of the terms of service...
    "Customer agrees that domestic and international carriage by FedEx of any shipments tendered to FedEx using SHIP MANAGER shall be in accordance with the terms, conditions and limitations of liability set out on the NONNEGOTIABLE Air Waybill, Label, Manifest, or Pick-Up Record"

    But no penalty is specified.

    Neither is something allowing them to do it specified in the prohibited article clauses.

    FYI:
    http://www.fedex.com/cgi-bin/global_legal.cgi?cc=us&sc=/legal
    http://www.fedex.com/us/freight/rulestariff/prohibited_articles.html
     
  19. JustinQ

    JustinQ Savant (305) California Nov 24, 2011

    ahhhh, Shit like this pisses me off so much. The feds and all these other people need to back the F*** off, Not like we are mailing explosives. The government has alot of Pros, But Some of these policies are just F***ing ridiculous. I wish there were REAL people involved, not just these Drones They got runnin shit. If I was shipping my homebrew (which i still do sometimes) I would have no problem paying taxes or whatever, But When I send a box of Commercial beer to a buddy of mine, Who cannot find it where they live, I should not have to put up with ignorant government policies.

    Also, Fedex has no say in ANYTHING unless it's shipping your box, or not shipping your box, If I were you I would go up there and raise hell, and if that did'nt work I would be an idiot and be violent, then claim self defense and look like more of an idiot. Folks Should not be able to regulate our personal activites, I know I sound like an activist of some kind right now, But this kind of stuff is so stupid. Does anyone agree?
     
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  20. jegross2

    jegross2 Advocate (715) Illinois Jan 3, 2010

    Other buried mystery terms from fed ex i found:

    Any domestic U.S. package that is deemed undeliverable (not defined in the rules) will be the responsibility of Customer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event Customer has designated a package threshold value, and such package is below that value, it will be destroyed. >> in which case they would have to reimburse you.
     
  21. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Small claims = you win. Value the beers high. Add costs for fuel to buy them, all of it.
     
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  22. jegross2

    jegross2 Advocate (715) Illinois Jan 3, 2010

    Further inspection:

    "In all cases, it will be necessary for you to prove, in a legally unquestionable manner, the amount of the loss or damage suffered and submit your claim to FedEx within the period set out in Section 8 below. FedEx is not providing any insurance, something that you expressly acknowledge. With the exception of the foregoing, FedEx does not accept any other liability for loss or damage that you may suffer. FedEx will also not be liable for: (i) acts or omissions of the sender, addressee, or any third party, including, among others, defects or faults in wrapping, packing, marking or labeling the shipment; (ii) violation of the terms and conditions contained herein, by the sender or the addressee; (iii) prohibited items; (iv) loss and/or damage arising from causes not the fault of FedEx or from Acts of God, force majeure, natural disasters, public disturbances, or acts of subversive groups, guerillas, or organized crime, or for any other acts or omissions of government authorities, whether federal, state, or municipal."

    BUT that doesnt mean they can intentionally destroy your items. Just that if prohibited items are broken in transit, there is no duty to compensate under their bailee duties (at least that is how i interpret)
     
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  23. jegross2

    jegross2 Advocate (715) Illinois Jan 3, 2010

    More:

    "9. Right to inspect. FedEx may inspect the shipment at any time and may permit government authorities to carry out such inspections as they may consider appropriate. FedEx, in addition, may reject or suspend the carriage of any prohibited items or one that contains materials that damage or may damage other shipments or that may constitute a risk to FedEx equipment or employees or to those of its service providers." >> no right to destroy
     
  24. badbeer

    badbeer Savant (460) Iowa Jun 19, 2005

    Or a thirsty MF who wants to try some beers...
     
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  25. ilovermont

    ilovermont Aficionado (150) Vermont Jul 18, 2012

    OP: do NOT give up on this. This guy is screwing you (without giving you the common courtesy of a reach-around) and is essentially stealing from you. The police aren't going to intervene as it's a property manner. At the very least, take his business to small claims court. (You do not need a lawyer and the expense is minimal).

    This guy is clearly going out of his way to needlessly create stress/headaches for you. There are plenty of things that you can (legally) do to create stress/headaches for him. Forcing him to deal with you in small claims court is just the beginning...
     
  26. JustinQ

    JustinQ Savant (305) California Nov 24, 2011

    I have not read much in this thread, But It seems to me like Taking the F**ker to court, or calling the cops or anything else will cause more issues, and possible financial loss then the, say 110$ bucks you spent to send the box. Asshole wins, another BA down on their luck :(

    I would still start some problems just cause thats how I am. But I dont know man, Best of Luck
     
  27. If they don't show up to small claims court, are you awarded by default?
     
  28. Thats what I was saying there, they can fine but cant enforce it as they have no authority to enforce collection.
     
  29. Of course I will agree with that, its true. Like I said though, its more complex than "its illegal, period."
     
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  30. Well, go me.
    I'm a Yelp Elite '12.
    I get to have a bit of an "extra say" when it comes to businesses.
     
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  31. I agree it is stupid and you would look like an even bigger idiot like you said by pulling the violence/dishonest self defense claim/perjury, but I think you're incorrect in placing blame on "[t]he feds." Federal government gives control to the states over this issue. . . and yet this issue is between a private company and a customer.
     
  32. Cavanaghty

    Cavanaghty Savant (310) Maine Apr 19, 2012

    So I just shipped, on Monday, beer through Fed Ex, no issues as of yet. It was dropped at a Fed Ex owned store too. Haven't heard if it made it to it's destination yet, but still no calls no problems yet. I would imagine it is already there or will be soon since it is going from Maine to Florida. Curious to know how this situation turned out for you jaminjohnson?
     
  33. Fed ex's customer service manager said, hmm well they should have just given it back to you etc. They are investigating the situation and sopposed to be getting back with me shortly.
     
  34. lvoutlawjlh

    lvoutlawjlh Savant (315) Nebraska Mar 15, 2012

    What movie is your avatar jaminjohnson? #oopsIfail
     
  35. Ice T as a Post apocolyptic ninja kangaroo
    aka
    Tank Girl
    *the ninja kangaroo in my pick isnt Ice T though, but the other burnt out funny one
     
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  36. jamvt

    jamvt Savant (490) Massachusetts Aug 5, 2005

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  37. Theeabyss

    Theeabyss Aficionado (190) Illinois Apr 19, 2012

    Hopefully him and his fat Romney loving ass never reproduces. They will make some ugly ass babies.
     
  38. @jaminjohnson,
    Did you get any sense of closure or response as of yet?
     
  39. no, going to call fed ex in the am to see what they have done, called back friday morning and they said they were investigating and that they wouldnt be continuing it on the weekend so it might be a few days.
     
  40. jegross2

    jegross2 Advocate (715) Illinois Jan 3, 2010

    GL
     
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