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REPORT: Amazon, USPS to Offer Refunds for Late Deliveries

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FOX News--The United Parcel Service and Amazon.com will reportedly offer refunds to some customers after poor weather and overloaded systems delayed packages that were intended to be delivered in time for Christmas.

Amazon customers who did not get their deliveries by Christmas Day will get $20 gift cards and refunds on shipping costs, The Washington Post reported. UPS is also offering refunds on shipping charges. 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Thursday called on UPS to refund customers whose Christmas packages got caught up in widespread delays.

"In a very real sense, Christmas is on the line,"Blumenthal said in a written statement. "I call on UPS to do the right thing and provide refunds to people whose Christmases were a little less cheery as a result of their late deliveries."

The senator said he recognizes the "tremendous work" that UPS, as well as the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx, put in this time of year. However, he said he was "disappointed" to learn so many people in his state and across the country were "left empty-handed" on Christmas.

Neither UPS or FedEx said how many packages were delayed but noted it was a small share of overall holiday shipments. FedEx said it would work with customers affected but did not promise refunds, according to The Washington Post.

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