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Post Office down on late postage due fee

The Swedish Post Office has now backed down from its demand for 16 kronor, more than two dollars, as a postage due fee for a postcard to an address in Ljusdal in central Sweden. The local newspaper Ljusdals-Posten reported that the postal authorities wanted the fee because the card didn’t carry enough postage.

But the recipient of the postcard, Einar Persson, pointed out that the 2 kronor 80 öre in postage it bears was enough for delivery, when it was dropped into a mailbox 16 years ago, in November 1994.

In withdrawing its demand the Post Office says its sorting system just caught the low postage, without human eyes reflecting on the postmark. But they aren’t saying just where the card has been these past 16 years.

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