U.S.P.S. FUBAR!

Monday, February 25, 2013

U.S.P.S. FUBAR!

...and it's not just about the impending cessation of Saturday mail deliveries, though one wonders how the Postal Service ever managed, when First Class letters for only the cost of a 3¢ stamp, to keep afloat delivering mail twice-a-day, six days a week!

Yes, our Congressman Tim Bishop has been making noises in opposition to the reduction of postal services, saying...

"...that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service."

...but don't anyone hold their breath on him actually delivering anything on this!

My latest disgruntlement with the Postal Service occurred not two hours ago when I took a "1 lb. 1.60 oz." soft package, along with a $5 bill Jeanne had left me for the postage, into the 11978 windows to send to my mother-in-law in upstate Delaware County (12455).

After answering the obligatory contents question... "any­thing, perishable, liquid, inflammable" in the negative, I was asked if I wanted to send it "regular mail or Priority."

(Priority Mail is described as: "with delivery in about 2 days and affordable prices.")

I asked the cost.

"It would be $5.80," I was told by the clerk, "and it should be there by Wednesday."

(At that price, it should be delivered by Tuesday!)

"Good Gawd! How much for non-priority, ordinary ole regular mail?" she was asked.

"It would be the same, $5.80," she said.

U.S.P.S. Priority Mail receipt with Tracking numbers

Huh?

I double-checked everything with her, and Priority or regular, it was the same $5.80.

She couldn't, or wouldn't, offer any speculation as to why, but did note that included in the Priority service was "Tracking."

So, Priority it was as I forked over the necessary monies, and left the lobby with a big red and blue question mark floating above my head.

Update: [Tuesday, 02/26/2013 02:52 am]

When I checked the USPS on-line Tracking page and entered the numbers, I got the message:

"Delivery status information is not available for your item via this web site. A return receipt after mailing may be available through your local Post Office."

In other words, USPS has no idea where my mother-in-law's sweater had gotten to in the system... or, for that matter, if it even was in the system!

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