Neither Rain Nor Snow Will Keep the USPS From Sucking
And you wonder why the Post Office is going broke! How about trying a little customer service instead of pimping stamps to stamp collectors?
Here's the deal: I was happy to see my mail carrier blast past my driveway (at 4pm as usual... and actually that's early, our mail can get here as late as 7p some nights) this afternoon but horribly disappointed when I went to check my mail only to find my stack of outgoing mail still sitting there and flag still up. What's this shit?
Keep in mind I live on a secluded street in the burbs overlooking the Potomac River, where we get maybe 4 cars cruising by on any given day, all of which belong to residents of our quiet little hood.
A quick call to our local Post Office to ask what the fuck happened to my mail brought me to a supaviso' (her word, not mine) who insisted that our mail carrier was under no obligation to deliver my mail if the box is blocked. Assuring her that it wasn't blocked nor unsafe, just a little annoying to get around and due to no fault of the people to whom our mail would be addressed (how are we supposed to control who parks on our street?), I fumed at the idea of missing out on my important Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupons and other assorted junk mail. A car was parked a bit close to the box but not in front nor blocking it and seeing as how no one even knows our street exists, it wouldn't be unsafe for the mail carrier to get off her ass and put the mail in our box. Hell, she could have backed the truck up and hit the car parked to the side of our mailbox for all I care. Besides, is it fair for us to be expected to run parking patrol on our own street, which is entirely public and open for anyone to park on? How am I supposed to be able to control who parks in the vicinity of our mailbox? With a rifle and a rocking chair on our front porch?
The supaviso' - who informed me that she was the only one working and didn't have the cell phone number of our mail carrier - insisted that there was nothing she could do. "So what am I supposed to do to get my fucking mail?" was my completely reasonable response, minus the fucking which I kept for this little rant. I was told that the mail carrier is under no obligation to give us our mail if something is blocking her way, which on our street could be a car or a deer or a family of deer on any given afternoon. I was invited to come to the Post Office to get my mail after the carrier returns (again, she doesn't have a phone according to the supaviso'), which would be a totally reasonable solution except for the fact that it closes at 5pm and it's now 4:30.
Naturally I asked if I am expected to play traffic cop on my block and keep people from parking within x amount of feet from my mailbox. The vague answer I got is that it's my problem, not theirs.
So there you have it. Neither rain nor snow will keep your friendly Post Office employee from delivering your mail but apparently cars within 50 feet of your mailbox are a huge problem.
Privatize the Post Office already, Christ.