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Thursday, June 27, 2013

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

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 3:15 PM

A prideful delay...
  • 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:

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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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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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