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Self | 10/9/2013 | Self - Rant

Posted on 10/09/2013 2:48:08 PM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

Hello. If you all haven't noticed how the obomba led government shutdown is affecting your postal service hopefully I will be able to open your eyes.

On a topic that I have yet to see anything written about my wife and I have noticed that the USPS is now, more than ever, losing mail, taking two to three times as long to deliver the mail and when they do deliver the mail they are tacking on a COD charge to the recipient. My wife and I run a couple of online business where we have to send lots of mail out each day. Letters and parcels that used to, for example, take one stamp are now costing over $2.00 and our customers are getting pissed off about it. When we call our local area post office they say that they don't know anything about it and when we either drop off the mail to the post office or the letter carrier picks up the mail they don't see anything wrong or else they would say something. Yet it's taking forever for our mail to get to where it is going and when it gets there many times the postal services in those areas are charging extra.

This crap has got to stop. I am all for defunding the US Postal Service and either, preferably, returning the money used by the postal service to those of us that pay the taxes to keep that dysfunctional agency afloat or use the money to subsidize private postal carriers like FedEx or UPS. Of course this will never happen as the Department of Homeland Security relies heavily upon the US postal service and it intelligence gathering efforts.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: government; rant; shutdown; usps

1 posted on 10/09/2013 2:48:08 PM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

No change here.


2 posted on 10/09/2013 2:50:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

Yea, they are a menace. I’ve had two deliveries to the sewer. Shown as delivered but nowhere to be found. First time in decade.


3 posted on 10/09/2013 2:50:33 PM PDT by anton
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To: FReepers
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4 posted on 10/09/2013 2:51:32 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

Only change here is that the local mail handling facility was closed and now you have to get outgoing to the PO by 4:00 instead of 5:30.


5 posted on 10/09/2013 2:53:12 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
Yep, you are right about "service" from the USPS: I just got a postmarked letter (no return address listed) to an individual in Denver, CO.

What's wrong with that, you ask, well I live in a suburb of Kansas City, MO!

6 posted on 10/09/2013 2:53:46 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

I believe their package tracking site has been down for about 3 days.


7 posted on 10/09/2013 2:53:49 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

USPS gets worse and worse but I don’t think they are affected by the shutdown. Maybe they are being slow out of jealousy that they have to “work” while their cohorts get free unearned vacations?

That said I advocate disrupting the USPS by saving junk mail sent to yourself and dropping it in blue bins 10 miles away. It will come back to you again. Repeat. Send things a nickel postage due and make them take time to collect it.


8 posted on 10/09/2013 2:53:56 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

I don’t know what the deal is but at MY facility none of that crap is happening.


9 posted on 10/09/2013 3:00:20 PM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

My experiences is that when you’re out in the country with a small post office and you know the people personally, then they don’t play these games with you.

Our post office does make mistakes, and deliver letters to the wrong address, but I just put them back in the box and I presume they get re-delivered. It’s not deliberate—they’ve just got clumsy thumbs when they’re sorting the mail.


10 posted on 10/09/2013 3:07:42 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

My mail was only lost before the so-called shutdown, and only California post offices lost it. Since the misnamed shutdown began, the mail has been going perfectly. Everything else is going fine, too. Continue the shutdown!


11 posted on 10/09/2013 3:09:18 PM PDT by familyop
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

Just be careful. The last thing we want to do is to get postal workers upset.


12 posted on 10/09/2013 3:15:58 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

COD? I thought the recipient paid COD.

Something is fishy. I’d recommend contacting the USPS. I believe there is a toll free number.


13 posted on 10/09/2013 3:19:32 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

Hmmmmm....

Well, for starters the USPS is self funded. Every time you lick a stamp and affix to that parcel you are sending, the bill gets paid.


14 posted on 10/09/2013 3:25:25 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: fatnotlazy

COD is paid for by the recipient.

FOB is paid for by the sender.


15 posted on 10/09/2013 3:27:13 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

My local PO used to lose 2 to 3 of my local utility bills each year. Numerous times I had to call the city and ask them to send another copy because I never got the original.

Additionally, many times I would get mail for some resident who lived in a completely different part of town and whose address was not even close to mine. But such mail would end up in my box.

Now, I receive and pay most of my bills online. That way, I don’t have to be concerned with the PO or with kids passing by the box and taking mail out. Most payments get an immediate transaction number and follow-up email confirmation.

I ‘mail’ maybe 1 or 2 items per year.


16 posted on 10/09/2013 3:29:37 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

“I am all for defunding the US Postal Service “

The US Postal Service is not taxpayer-funded, and thus has not been affected by the shutdown.


17 posted on 10/09/2013 3:33:16 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Cicero
"My experiences is that when you’re out in the country with a small post office and you know the people personally, then they don’t play these games with you."

I agree. Our post office is small--just four carriers---but they are all conservative Republicans. They're hard workers, and they don't have time to lounge around and take breaks.

18 posted on 10/09/2013 3:34:25 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Vendome

By stating the truth about postal funding, you’re liable to derail the indignant venting.


19 posted on 10/09/2013 3:35:06 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Vendome

Lick a stamp ? Holy cow, haven’t done that, in years ! When self adhesive stamps came out, my son took the book I had just bought, and applied them to his favorite toys. He even invited me into his room to check them out - “Hey Dad, look at these cool stickers I found !”. I didn’t know whether to laugh, or cry :) Thanks.


20 posted on 10/09/2013 3:36:42 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: CatherineofAragon

The politics of postal workers tend to reflect the area they are located. And the USPS is largest employer of military veterans.


21 posted on 10/09/2013 3:38:58 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: cripplecreek

No change here either. I’m still getting tons of junk I throw away.


22 posted on 10/09/2013 3:39:38 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Park Service employees "following orders" should be SHAMED and SHUNNED!)
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To: jttpwalsh

Forgot.

I rarely use the mail any more.


23 posted on 10/09/2013 3:41:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

That’s right.

Of all the govt agencies to complain about, I’d put USPS on the bottom of the list.


24 posted on 10/09/2013 3:42:32 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Thought about that but, the story is weirdly odd.


25 posted on 10/09/2013 3:42:39 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Cicero
My experiences is that when you’re out in the country with a small post office and you know the people personally, then they don’t play these games with you.

We could only be so lucky if the postal service nationwide ran as well as my 160 box PO does. We've got 1 full time person who works there at the office and a single rural route driver who delivers for 3 different post offices.

The real waste in POs like mine are in the distribution system from the big sorting facilities. They've got one small straight truck making several trips to the various post offices in my area. In the morning they make one trip to the biggest PO, then a second trip to a couple of smaller offices, then finally a 3rd trip to mine and one other post office. In the evening they do it all over again. Mail doesn't eve arrive at my post office till 9 AM.

I agitated the hell out of the driver once by suggesting that maybe a bigger truck would be more efficient. He basically told me that he needs to make multiple trips or he wouldn't make any money.

Last winter we had a meeting with our congressman about our post office and there were representatives from FedEx and UPS there. Both company reps said their companies don't want anything to do with door to door or rural route delivery but delivery to individual post offices might be effective. Around here, UPS and FedEx deliver most packages to the post office now. I assume she does it for everyone but my postmistress calls me to tell me I've got packages.
26 posted on 10/09/2013 3:45:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

True. And yes, I agree they are probably worse in large cities and urban areas (read: Democratic).


27 posted on 10/09/2013 3:45:29 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
The US Post Office does receive some tax-payer funded subsidies but regardless. I'm not here to argue. I've posted what is a definite change for the worse in the already pathetic service we receive. The US Postal Service is a government agency. I am all for shutting it down. If they cannot do their jobs they need to be recycled with people that can do the job or close completely.

My opinion.

28 posted on 10/09/2013 3:47:14 PM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
returning the money used by the postal service to those of us that pay the taxes to keep that dysfunctional agency afloat

I work for the Postal Service. Send me some specific details [tracking numbers, etc.] and I will try to see what happened.

But know this. THE POST OFFICE DOES NOT GET ONE RED CENT OF TAX MONEY.

Sorry for the CAPS, but that's been the case since the eighties. The Postal Service gets no tax money -- zip, zero, nada, zilch.

Do you really have any details or did you just want to bitch.

29 posted on 10/09/2013 3:49:47 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Workers and consumers are, of course, identical.)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
they are tacking on a COD charge to the recipient

I call BS.

30 posted on 10/09/2013 3:50:38 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Vendome
"COD is paid for by the recipient.

FOB is paid for by the sender.
"

Really? Who'da thunk? LOL. Maybe I didn't spell it out clearly enough. We pay the postage before we mail the item. The same postage plus whatever raises they've been giving themselves lately and yet, when the item arrives to the recipient they are being told that more postage is due. When the letter carriers ask for the recipient to pay more they are asking for cash on delivery (aka - COD). Now it may well be that individual letter carriers have figured out a way to subsidize their incomes by scamming the recipients but whatever is happening it's a new issue and getting worse.

31 posted on 10/09/2013 3:55:30 PM PDT by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

Call UPS or Fed Ex.

At least you get free tracking. .


32 posted on 10/09/2013 4:10:39 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
Letters and parcels that used to, for example, take one stamp are now costing over $2.00

A small parcel of 3 ounces or less costs $2.07. If you only put on a single stamp, the recipient will be charged the difference as a postage due item...and rightly so.

33 posted on 10/09/2013 4:14:12 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: anton

I had one of those last week.


34 posted on 10/09/2013 4:15:20 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ridesthemiles
At least you get free tracking.

Priority, Express, and Standard packages all now receive free tracking through the Post Office.

35 posted on 10/09/2013 4:15:44 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Vendome
COD is paid for by the recipient.

Cash on delivery. The recipient pays when the item is delivered rather than prior to shipment. COD is extra work for the post office, so they have every right to charge a fee.

FOB is paid for by the sender.

Free on board, or freight on board. FOB merely specifies the shipping location, which might be different from the office location. You might buy from a company located in New York with a warehouse in Chicago. They would specify "FOB Chicago", which means that you will place the order with the New York office, but it will be shipped from Chicago, and the shipping charges and delivery time will be based on the distance from Chicago, not New York. FOB generally assumes that the buyer pays the shipping.

36 posted on 10/09/2013 4:21:33 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: ridesthemiles
Call UPS or Fed Ex.

Have you checked their rates lately? The minimum weight for UPS' cost calculator is one pound. In other words, if you send a 3 oz. package, you will pay the same as for a 1 pound package. For a local delivery, UPS will charge you $11.57 for that 3 oz. package. For cross country, UPS will charge you $13.44.

USPS charges you $2.07 for 3 oz, and that's the same for local or cross country. For a one pound package, USPS charges $5.60 to $6.95 (Priority mail).

Now, which one do you want to use?

37 posted on 10/09/2013 4:38:23 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Vendome

I understand :)


38 posted on 10/09/2013 4:58:56 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

I got 4 (four) !!! pieces of mail for the box above mine. And 3 were bills.


39 posted on 10/09/2013 6:32:23 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

my sams payment mailed two weeks ago. still not received.


40 posted on 10/09/2013 7:32:07 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

You are right. All last week I got no mail. I thought that was strange but I didn’t pay attention.

Suddenly yesterday, my mailbox was packed full of mail and I could tell some of it was last week’s mail because I got two weeks worth of grocery store ads and coupons.

Something fishy is going on with the post office lately. Don’t mail anything important unless you get tracking.


41 posted on 10/09/2013 7:44:12 PM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (My dream ticket is Cruz/Rubio 2016)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

Last weekend all of the mail for my neighborhood was delivered to the wrong house. Don’t know if it is Operation Shutdown or simple incompetence.


42 posted on 10/09/2013 7:54:22 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

I keep getting mail addressed to someone named Occupant.

Those lazy and incompetent post office workers!

They should close down the post office and let UPS charge 10 times as much for delivery.


43 posted on 10/10/2013 2:02:30 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Whats-wrong-with-the-truth

I mail order parts for my metric bike restoration business, mostly from Ebay, last part took a month to deliver, I stopped using USPS for now.


44 posted on 10/10/2013 2:18:44 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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