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why the post office won’t survive

by Kay~Kacey on 5/5/2005

okay, the post office is never going to survive. First of all there is email. Not much need for those letters anymore is there? People pay bills online and receive bills online. File taxes electronically. Okay, so…how does the post office in their forward thinking respond??

1)by putting fewer people at the counter so you wait longer (they had ONE worker at the counter today with 4-5 in the back chatting away)

2) signs of all their R-U-L-E-S. Your credit card must be signed. Cannot say “see id”. You MAY NOT USE YOUR CELL PHONE. (this one is new as of May 1st at our P.O.)

3)you must place Priority Mail directly into a postal person’s hot little hand–if you can get up to the one person working at the counter (because bad and dangerous things can only be mailed in priority envelopes, don’t you know)

4)Now they always ask do you have anything dangerous in this package? At this point bad guys feel guilty and always reply with the truth… 🙄 Yes, ma’am, I do…

So why wouldn’t people go to the friendly UPS store at every corner to send packages now?? And why didn’t I today???

Rene May 5, 2005 at 4:30 pm

But at least the person at the counter is friendly and helpful.

I started sending my fulls through UPS. Because I live on the west coast and I keep mailing to the east, it is expensive no matter which way I choose. It costs me $9 to send a full through UPS. It takes about 5 days but I can track it without paying extra.

Suzanne May 5, 2005 at 5:11 pm

I love the UPS store!!!!!!

Michelle May 5, 2005 at 5:26 pm

Our UPS is so expensive, I usually do the post office thing. If I knew how much my stuff weighed and cost to send, I’d print those labels out myself and hand them to our post lady. 🙂

Katie May 6, 2005 at 6:20 am

I hate going to the post office. But then, i’m not wild about errands in general. :wallbash:

kacey May 6, 2005 at 7:50 am

Okay, I’m over my trauma of yesterday at the P. O. (did I mention I had to go twice, because I stopped in one PO on the way to an appointment, and after 10 minutes I was no where near closer to being waited on, and couldn’t wait any longer or I’d be late to my appointment).

But seriously, are they not even considering ways to draw more people in? Make it easier? I did find out you can pay for postage online and print a paid for label out. But if you still have to hand deliver a package to a postal worker…you still have that pesky trip to the PO. Just hope to hell your cell phone doesn’t ring while you’re there!! :crazy2:

Tori May 6, 2005 at 10:58 am

I don’t much mind going to our little post office (when I go) because there’s never a line. 🙂 One of the good points of small town living. But I can’t say I’m any too impressed with the =delivery= service. We never know when he’s going to show up. As Trixie Belden once said about their wacky mail delivery, he’s a regular “dillar a dollar, a twelve o’clock scholar”. (And why do I remember stuff like this, but other days do well to remember my own name???)

Michelle, why don’t you buy a postal scale? I think you can get them fairly inexpensively.

Mary May 6, 2005 at 11:02 am

I love my post office. They have new machines that a person can weigh and mail any package all alone, and it’s fast. Lucky me.

Jill May 6, 2005 at 11:18 am

See, now this is why a small town is handy. Never a line and the people are NICE.

Amy K May 6, 2005 at 10:28 pm

You forgot one.

9. People with overactive imaginations (like me) find themselves in overvigilant mode, assessing each person in the line and everyone who walks through the door for signs of getting ready to go postal with a firearm. (Where will I shove my kids???)

I almost always go to The Mail Box (like UPS but an equal opportunity mailer) except when I need international reply coupons. The only place that has them is the beloved PO.

Sheri May 7, 2005 at 6:55 am

I didn’t know that about the “See Id”. That’s what all of our’s say. Hmmmm. . . . And I noticed the last time I was in our local post office they have a do it yourself station. Complete with weigher, money slot, and stamp meter.

Olga May 7, 2005 at 2:50 pm

Hugs on your negative experience with PO.
Ditto Jill. Small towns are bad for many things (no big hospitals, malls, or book stores), but post office isn’t one of them.

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