WASHINGTON - A just-released update in the Apple Store now includes District of Columbia in the app's Select-A-State wheel.
EARLIER - Friday - 10/11/2013, 4 a.m. ET
WASHINGTON - For those who have ever thought, "I'd pay someone to write all these thank-you cards," the wait is over. You're welcome.
In an age where digital correspondence has swallowed-up traditional written notes, cards and letters, the importance of handwritten thank-you notes has largely endured.
Just-released update in Apple Store now allows thank-you notes to be mailed to D.C. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
BOND Gifts, a startup from New York, has introduced a free iOS mobile app that lets a user type a message - up to 255 characters - that will be executed by a handwriting robot.
For $5 per note, the message will be written in cursive, on a gold-embossed card, which is sealed in wax, and sent by mail to the generous gift-giver.
That is, unless the gift-giver lives in Washington, D.C.
While trying-out the app, I attempted to send myself a thank-you note, addressed to WTOP's Glass Enclosed Nerve Center. But I couldn't because sending a note to the nation's capital wasn't an option.
In the "Enter/Edit Address" stage of the app, the "Select A State" wheel doesn't include District of Columbia or Washington, D.C.
A spokesperson for BOND Gift apologized warmly, saying "I'm truly sorry for the inconvenience with Washington, D.C."
The company has a temporary workaround, and is working to get an update through the Apple store.
In the interim, if a user enters "Washington, D.C." in the city row and chooses any other state, the company will correct the address before mailing the note.
For a limited time, users can send notes for free. At checkout, use the code FREENOTE.
Right now BOND is iOS-only, but Android and Web versions are being developed.
Click below to watch the handwriting robot at work:
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