It’s Bullshit that each time the rates go up, the big story is that the First Class stamp is up a couple more pennies, but meanwhile the cost of sending packages silently goes up 30% and the media never mentions it. Even if you don’t ship a lot of things these crazy-ass-postage increases drive up the price of everything.
Last Saturday, my mail was left on my porch, and when I asked the carrier why, she said, “we were told if it is slushy not to climb steps.” Really? If my porch is has slush on it, the carrier is directed to throw my mail into the slush? It’s not so much that I believe she was told this (though maybe she was!) but I’m more troubled that there would be someone handling my mail who is so lazy and stupid that she’d actually do that and then make up a ridiculous excuse like that.
My porch was dry and the dog and I went running about an hour after the mail. There was no “slush” anywhere.
Then on Monday morning (before I went to work), the carrier left me a notice that I’d missed being there for a package, even though I was there. And she delivered my neighbor’s outgoing and incoming mail to my box. Yes, she was so incompetent that she took mail my neighbor left to be mailed and delivered it to me instead.
Meanwhile there’s a package I’m waiting for from out of the country, and I can go to http://www.track-trace.com/post and see movement on it in the originating country, but for the last 10 days all usps.com says is “Origin Post is Preparing Shipment.” I called and spoke to a moron who told me that there is no way they can give me an estimate of how long it should take, any additional information, or even tell me if 10 days of no updates is normal.
They’re talking about expanding into same day delivery of mail in some markets, while they can’t even do basic mail delivery.
USPS services are way overpriced and UPS, FedEx and other companies would do a much better job of it if the USPS goes down. They can’t possibly do it worse.