Google Shopping Express Blames Delays on Pride, Prop. 8 Ruling

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A prideful delay...
The streets of San Francisco are teeming with joyous gay people. And, thus, your package will be late.

That's the excuse customers of Google Shopping Express are finding in their inboxes today:

Between the recent same-sex marriage rulings and the 43rd annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade, the streets of San Francisco will be busy this weekend. Please note that these festivities, taking place between now and Monday, July 1, may result in service delays for Google Shopping Express deliveries in San Francisco.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Rest assured, we'll be working hard to have your deliveries to you on time.

Google Shopping Express is evidently not the Post Office, famed for its creed, "Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night -- nor streets teeming with joyous gay people -- stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." 

In any event, here's the actual e-mail:


The good folks at Google Shopping Express haven't gotten back to us yet with regards to our request to define what, exactly, could cause these potential delays.

When asked if the United States Post Office predicted it would suffer similar setbacks, regional spoksman Jim Wigdel said "We will soldier through." The USPS, he continued, is used to "all sorts of holidays. We're going to be just fine."

Update, 5 p.m.: Sandra Heikkinen from Google's communications department says that customers may experience delays of several hours -- but not days.

"It's going to depend on how closely people are situated to street closures," she says. "We don't want people to be surprised if, instead of getting their delivery in two hours, it takes longer." Sending out this e-mail, she notes, was a matter of being "considerate."

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This has got to be up there with "display item on display at local Walmart" for Joe's most inane post of the year.


Not since Joe broke that news about a display item at a local Walmart was a d

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If Google (well, 1-800-Courrier) can't hit a target delivery window of FIVE HOURS, maybe it's time to cancel the delivery program.


@ben09 Glad you're keeping track, champ. Next time a delivery service blames delays on a Supreme Court ruling we'll keep it to ourselves. 




@joe.eskenazi Well, I don't really know what the SF Weekly's goals are, here. If you get the page views you need from this sort of thing then go nuts, you don't owe me anything.

* "Delivery service warns customers of possible delays due to street closures."

* "Local Wal-Mart has a display item on display."

* "Hey, remember that Michelle Shocked thing? Us too! Let's remember it together. No, we have nothing to add."

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