Post must pay 18,000 euros in damages for late letter

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Deutsche Post must pay an applicant € 18,000 in damages for late delivery. The Cologne Higher Regional Court had decided this and thus confirmed the judgment of the Bonn Regional Court, reports the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.

In 2017, a woman from Bavaria wanted to make claims to her employer for more than EUR 20,000 in vacation pay. She couldn’t use her vacation due to her pregnancy and parental leave. The application should reach your employer in writing by September 30, 2017.

The woman delivered the letter to her post on September 29, Friday. For security, she chose the shipping method “express delivery with the additional service Saturday delivery”. The postage costs therefore amounted to 23.80 euros.

However, the letter did not reach the employer until October 4th. The latter rejected the woman’s claims. The woman then sued Deutsche Post AG. Now the Higher Regional Court agreed with the plaintiff. The post had not fulfilled its part of the contract.

However, the Post held against it and argued that the deliverer could not deliver the letter in time because the clinic’s letterbox was not labeled, the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” says. The judge rejected the statement. The deliverer had the duty to inquire at the constantly occupied gate.


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