Friday, July 16, 2010

I went Postal in the Post Office

It all started with my 12 year old printer - it died! This means a trip into town for stamps, library books and the purchase of a printer.

I drove into town to be first in line at the post office. As the six of us all stood waiting 10 minutes after the doors opened as the folks behind the counter talked about what they should order lunch, what movie they watched last night and puttered around moving things from here and there I was starting to feel that feeling.. As I waited - I was second in line only one representative opened his counter. The other still puttering around with stuff. Doesn't it seem reasonable to do that before the doors are to open? When it was my turn I smiled, said Good Morning and was greeted as if I was nothing more then an inconvenience. I requested 2 sheets of $1.00 stamps and was told they don't carry those. WHAT??? O.K. I will take the next largest "We do not carry those either". WHAT??? O.K. I asked "I will take the Forever stamps" and again I received "We do not carry those either". By now I was getting pissed. I stated "Let me get this straight you do carry stamps, Right"? "What one's do you have"? She gave me a look like how dare I ask. She slapped down a roll of .44 cent stamps - "THERE YOU GO - THERE IS YOUR STAMPS"...

Now, with all my might I tried not to say what I really wanted too but the other six folks behind me began to get upset for me... I said "Do you really think we are that stupid, You are running out of stamps so you can bump up the price again".. She gave me a look like "What are you going to do about it"? This is the same crap as last time - I just HATE the POSTAL SERVICE. Really, what service???

The Postal Manager of this branch is my neighbor so I requested her to step out. She came and as usual gave me a bunch of crud about how no one uses those stamps - REALLY!!!! No one uses the FOREVER stamp!!! HOW STUPID DO THE THINK WE ARE!!! The next statement was "Just print out your postage" Would if I could but also what if someone does not have a printer, or a computer - is this a way to again punish folks in lower economic levels - besides you are the Post Office - you sell postage stamps - that is your business....

Now at the point of wanting to GO POSTAL - I took the roll because I have customers who will need their goods before I settle on a new printer... As I went to my truck I sat there counting to about 500 and saying to myself "In a million years this will not matter"... I hate that we are at the mercy of a service that is anything but - they lose millions and we still have to pay for their incompetency if we wish to do business, converse with loved ones or even pay our bills... I am so sick of holding up my end in life while others get rewarded for doing anything but their job...

Is it just me??? "I am mad as HELL and I am not going to take it anymore" This sentence was great in the movie but if only we would all stand up and say it and really mean it - we might get things working again...

What do you think?

8 comments:

jane said...

The worst part is they get a very good pay rate AND a good pension.None of which I have. You should get a free car wash with a book of stamps. Welcome to the modern work ethic. Soon it will be a dollar to mail a letter. All you can do is run your business well, take pride in what you do, and realize you can't fight the system. I will drive you crazy.

larkspur funny farm said...

Jane why do you think I live on the FUNNY FARM - reality is not where I care to live... I too would love a continual paycheck, pension, health care and such but not enough to be out in that style of workforce. Been there, done that and now I live in a different reality..

Brooke Dilling said...

Seems tome you should be able to report your postal dis-service to whomever that office reports to. Sooner or later - the post office will cease to exist - they are becoming not necessary... what with the digital revolution... we'll have UPS Fed Ex but no post office. You need to say something about your neighbor's mis management of her office. That is just BS!!!

Willardsdaughter said...

I, too, would like to GO POSTAL at the P.O.!!! I am a missionary who has a choice to send out my regular update letter by first class or bulk. Of course, bulk saves quite a bit of money. But DOES BULK RATE GET DELIVERED? Apparently only if it's a stupid circular! I only know of one - count 'em - ONE - person out of 400 who received my letter sent in March. Parents, friends in OK, CA, etc. - never got it! Just shameful!!!

monica said...

Grace, I am so sorry that you had such a terrible time at the post office! Unfortunately there is not much customer service anymore! I really luck out with the post office in town because my next door neighbor runs it and she is an absolute sweetheart! I always show her the fiber I get in the mail and I have taken her flowers and homemade bread!

I think you can buy stamps online and then you would not have to deal with those idiots! Who ever heard of the post office not having stamps!

Hugs,Monica

larkspur funny farm said...

I have purchased stamps online before but it just gets me that if you have a business that is service and only one other thing STAMPS should you not try to do those things?? I guess again that is just SILLY me!! I have spent the past 14 years writing complaints about my horrid postman who has dumped my packages in the snow banks, ripped the door off my mail box, did not pick up packages for days on end and what has it gotten me - the same mail man with all the same behavior. I have also called the postmaster general and all I get to do is talk to a recording. I think it is time for me to start training big pigeons...

pencraftco said...

We went to Costco for our big twice yearly grocery run this weekend. The first thing the checkout woman asked me, Do you want to buy a roll of 100 Forever Stamps for 25% less than you can buy them at the post office?

Weird! How do they do that? And, she smiled when she asked me.

larkspur funny farm said...

I with you - if I could only understand the logic - but then I remember there is no logic.