Tuesday, April 02, 2013

So nice to know that the Post Office cares!

The US Post Office is in financial trouble and in an attempt to save money is hoping to end certain Saturday deliveries. I have had my issues with them - letters from the other side of the state taking 10 days or more to arrive here for example. (Yet small packages marked 'Surface Mail' regularly arrive from the UK in under a week!) It seems they are trying hard to keep our business though. Today we received a damaged piece of mail that was wrapped in a plastic bag:

Can you see through the plastic bag and tell what this precious piece of mail was?

Yes, it was junk mail - an L.L.Bean catalog that no longer had a cover. You see they aren't planning on stopping all Saturday deliveries - only first class mail. The junk mail will still get delivered - though of course it seems to be the only kind of mail we get nowadays anyway. So how is not delivering Saturday mail going to save them money exactly?


Expat mum said...

I tell you, if we were allowed to switch off the 3rd class junk mail we get, the USPS would close in a week!

JohnF said...

Because you would save millions in gas. Business's don't usually have people who work the mail working on Sat.
Lots of house do not go to their mailboxes on Sat. Many times mail is still in the box on Monday.
Banks usually close by noon, so if you get a check in the mail, the bank will be closed.
Most people have direct deposit.
You would need less employees.
Postal employees can work for 25-30 years and never have regular weekends.
Express mail would still be delivered, so if you are expecting airline tickets, you would still get them.

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