tifosi77 wrote:Our mailbox lid broke when we lived in an apartment, so mail was getting rained on. Being an enterprising chap, I moved our mailbox up four steps - a distance of about six linear feet - so it was under a roof overhang and protected from the elements. The USPS halted our mail delivery. I went to see the town postmaster, where I was told they apportion routes not by number of physical addresses, but by the number of steps the mail carrier must take to complete their route. I said, "I seriously moved the box four steps...." whereupon the postmaster quickly interjected and said "Ah, no..... you increased it by eight steps. The letter carrier has to come back down the steps, doesn't she?"
I'm not an angry person by nature, but I do have a bit of a temper. What followed was a frank exchange of views that culminated in my mail being withheld indefinitely. I actually had to go to the Post Office a couple times a week to pick up my mail, before the apartment complex manager finally replaced the broken mailbox and installed in the original location.
eddysnake wrote:I always wanted to be a postal carrier, this news makes me want to pursue that want even more.
Rylan wrote:i want to be a mailman just to find out if the jokes are true.
pittsoccer33 wrote:Why in the world is anyone surprised over that story about walking four feet? It's in a union contract. They're a government union. By definition they are at war with their neighbors and customers.
JS© wrote:pittsoccer33 wrote:Why in the world is anyone surprised over that story about walking four feet? It's in a union contract. They're a government union. By definition they are at war with their neighbors and customers.
actually the four feet thing is an "issue" because route evaluations are based on distances (in this case), mailboxes, letter count, etc. It's stupid, but that is exactly why the USPS is in the situation that they are in, because of union contracts. If Johnny Mailman notices that the mailbox is moved and he's not getting paid for it, he'll go to the union argue that he's doing more work, which multiplied over a full year should equal more pay. A union pissing battle ensues, and usually Johnny Mailman gets what he gets because of the union.
Hockeynut! wrote:mac5155 wrote:Spoiler:Support FedEx.
Fedex would be awesome at delivering Netflix DVDs, cards, bills, regular "mail", etc. Super fast, reliable and only around $15 per item.
Hockeynut! wrote:I'm not saying the USPS is perfect. The system is beyond broken. But saying, "Well, look at UPS and Fedex, they're doing great" is laughable. The USPS is failing because of several reasons and very few of them can be "fixed".
If most people in America need to send a package or buy a book of stamps, they can go to the local USPS post office which is oftentimes less than 5 miles away. If they want to send a package via UPS or FedEx, they usually have to drive 25 miles or more. I'd love to send more stuff via FedEx but I'm not driving there every day or week when I can drive 1 mile down the road. Plus the last time I went to the FedEx shipping center they had 1 clerk working and I waited over 30 minutes while she checked out the 5 people in front of me. And they didn't even have any boxes.
UPS and FedEx don't stop at everyone's house every day. So if someone wants to send little Jimmy a birthday card or return their Netflix DVD, they can put it in their mailbox and know that the postal carrier will be by to pick it up.
The taxpayer doesn't provide me that kind of convenience (and 50 cent stamps) from FedEx or UPS.
You mean the people that use the service? Astonishing concept.Hockeynut! wrote:TheHammer24 wrote:
Hey, go ahead and shut down the USPS. I don't really care one way or another as I do all of my bill paying online and if it costs me more money to ship products to clients, I'll just pass it on to the customers.