Yesterday I went to the post office to mail a couple of things and get a stamp for the card I mailed to you today after you sent me your address. I just thought what if I gave out your address and see if you get a bunch of mail?! It only costs $1.15 to mail a card to Tanzania.
I digress, I went to the post office. I went to the Tigard post office and got the last parking spot. I went in and there were no small-size express mail boxes and the line was out of the line area, through the door and into the lobby. I returned to my car and drove to the Lake Grove post office. It was easy to park and there was an ample supply of small-sized express mail boxes, which I needed to mail something that wasn’t even for me because I am such a nice person to my co-workers, especially A who is like our office’s own Spiccoli except he’s Asian.
Even though there was a line, I stuck it out. I made friends with the lady in front of me who had the cutest little envelopes that she was mailing to Washington, DC. And her daughter is going to Washington University in St. Louis but doesn’t want a job in St. Louis, can you blame her? My new friend and I were both taken aback when the woman who was next in line was summoned to a window and summarily dismissed because she did not have return addresses on her letters!
What?! The post office man at the counter refused to mail her letters without a return address. It’s none of his business if she didn’t put on a return address. What if it was a secret love letter and she didn’t want the recipient to know who sent it? What if it was ricin and she didn’t want it tracked back to her? What if they were ransom notes and meant to be private? So she had to go to the window where no one was working and write in her return address on her letters.
The next two women were called in quick succession. The first one went to the return address capitain’s window and waited while he moaned and groaned and said, “jeezusss” about something and then he was gone in the back for awhile. Two different people showed up from the back and offered to take packages that had postage or to get mail that had been on vacation-hold but they were not going to sell anyone anything.
I watched the white-haired gentleman working at the third window. I honestly have to wonder if he was told he had best move verrrrryyyyy sllloowwwwlllyyy and make sure he had looked thoroughly at the mail being presented to him. He should write very carrrrefullllyyy and cllleeeaarrrllly. He mustn’t rush to make change or just give someone a receipt without studying the slip of paper and checking to make sure nothing is printed on the back. And he would not mail the darling, little envelope letters because mail must be at least 3 1/2 x 5 inches.
I’ll tell you what’s NOT going in the U.S. Mail…these cute envelopes.
What must an interview to work at the post office counter be like?
“Ahh, hello Mr. Sluggish, good to see you!
I guess my first question is ‘are you plodding’? Do you plod?
I see. Well, if you are willing to plod, we can get you position right up here at the front counter!
Perhaps they should serve beer in the post office.
Seriously. SERIOUSLY, why WHY do postal workers (not mailmen who deliver the mail) but the people who work in the Post Office, Why are they so. damn. slow?????
I think the guy I was studying yesterday has been at that post office since it was new. I can’t find a construction date for it but I was pretty young when it was considered LO’s “new post office”. And I’m not young anymore.
It was finally my turn at the window. I paid for the box for Spicolli. Then I gave him the large envelope to be mailed to Raveeah, Mass. It was a children’s book, a picture book, very thin. I requested it be mailed Media Mail.
“What kind of media?”
It’s a book.
“It’s a book?”
“And that’s all?”
“We might want to look at first class. Ahhh, yes. First class is $2.04 and media mail is $2.67.”
OK. Well whatever works. And I need a stamp for this card to Tanzania.
“That’s $1.15” Get’s pretty round stamp and puts it on the card.
I pay and he reviews my receipt and I turn to go and realize he took the card that hasn’t been addressed yet.
Apparently the post office will NOT mail letters without return addresses but are happy to mail ones without any TO address.
But it is a grueling procedure.