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February 1st, 2003

An Open Letter to the Post Office

Dear Post Office Near My Workplace:

It’s February 1st. Have you noticed that yet? I was thinking that it might be time to take down the huge banner you have across the front of your building that says, “Your holiday shipping center” and shows a postman walking through snow to deliver presents.

You can probably also pull down the signs you have inside showing families opening their gifts by a fireplace, with the men wearing fuzzy sweaters. The Christmas decorations are visible in the pictures and it’s pretty clear they were meant to be taken down about four weeks ago.

What’s taking you so long, guys? Is it just that you haven’t gotten around to taking down your tree yet? Or are you trying to keep Christmas with you, all through the year?


[ Update… as of early April, the raggedy sign from outside had come down but as of early June, the holiday sign inside the post office, which has a note on it that says “Display until December 29, 2002,” is still hanging. ]

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John Public May 14, 2007, 12:55 pm

Why does the USPS pretend to offer tracking on packages when there is never any current information available? Often the info will finally show up days after the package is received. I know that people use USPS because it’s cheaper but let’s drop the pretend tracking service. Like most people I know, I only use USPS when no other service is offered (eBay) but I should still expect some degree of honesty from a government agency. Either compete in a real fashion by hiring non-attitudinal workers and otherwise emulating the the quality shipping companies or just live in the reality that the USPS is a second rate operation based on price alone.

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