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December 5th, 2003

Pick-a-Number PO

My local post office is now a “Pick-a-Number Post Office.” Now, just like at your local deli counter, you have to take a number for service. Why was this implemented when a regular queue seemed to work just fine? The reasoning, according to the sign, is that it allows people to shop the many fine products the post office has to offer rather than waiting in a line. Presumably, they expect people to wander around and be free, rather than be restricted by the stuffy old concept of waiting in line.

Whatever. I’m just concerned that this particular post office can handle it. This is the same one that put up a Christmas-themed holiday sign just before Christmas and left it up until June… the same one whose main stamp machine has a hand-written “Out of Service” sign taped on it half of the time (literally)… the same one who make people ring a bell to wait for service if they want to pick up a package or held mail, and then ignore it. I just don’t think they have the intelligence to pull it off.

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