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I am I the only one UPSET with USPS

post #1 of 23
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Saturday I watched the postman LITERALLY drive down the middle of the road skipping half the houses on my side of the street and ALL of the other side ..... All except two house s had cleared a path by the boxes ... Houses on another block got notes to clear the snow..the road is far from bad as front wheel drive cars with NO chains are doing fine ... I am livid as it is now day 4 without mail or a note ... I am about to rip into the local postmaster and change to the local UPS store at least I can have it delivered if needed ... Today she did the other side of the street but made no effort on my side , I could see no chain marks on my side just down the middle ...

Thank you for reading my rant ..
post #2 of 23
I would definitely complain to the postmaster about that.

Luckily for me, hubby and I are on good terms with our postal guy. He even gets concerned for us if we don't pick up our mail.
post #3 of 23
That is terrible.
I would complain.
We complained last week.
Our mail lady is great but on her day off this guy comes.
He left a package out by our door.
So we told the mail lady and she said call the post office and complain.
She has had alot of complaints about him.
Its her route and it makes her look bad.
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
I would definitely complain to the postmaster about that.

Luckily for me, hubby and I are on good terms with our postal guy. He even gets concerned for us if we don't pick up our mail.
Yup, I would complain. Fortunately for me, the postal guy lives next door.
post #5 of 23
Brutal! Complain for sure!
post #6 of 23
Yeah when it snowed here, we missed mail for one day. Our girls chains broke on her vehicle. We like her a lot, of course we don't like the guy who replaces her sometimes. He is so stupid two weeks ago he put a box in our box that I COULD NOT GET OUT! He just jammed it in there. So I litterally had to open the package inside the mail box just to get it out. I left the box behind.

I can't say too much about the USPS...They did feed me for 21 years. lol My mom was a district manager, and postmaster until she retired. Oh do I remember the nights I would have to drive her to Portland so she could to late mail drop offs.
post #7 of 23
Well, no snow here so I don't have that problem with the USPS, but we do have problems from time to time. I live in an old neighborhood where most of the mailboxes are on the front porch, so the mailman has to spend the whole day walking from house to house. As a result, nobody wants the route and it seems that it's always the newest guy at the post office who gets stuck with it. As soon as he gets a little seniority he moves on and the next newbie gets it.

With incoming mail, it's generally not too annoying except for packages - they tend to just put the pick-up slip in my box and never even make an attempt to deliver it. The biggest problem I've had is that they tend to misplace my outgoing mail. Twice since I've lived here I've had groups of bills (all mailed on the same day) that took over a month to reach their destination. Needless to say, when that happens it costs me some late fees or interest. After the second time it happened I just quit mailing anything important from home. I'll either go by the post office or take it to work.
post #8 of 23
I know what you mean, Sharky! I complained to my PO, but they told me they didn't "have" to deliver the mail if they didn't have a clear shot to the mailbox, such as a vehicle parked in front of the box, trash, snow or anything else that required the "driver" of the USPS vehicle to get out of his ride!
post #9 of 23
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I talked with a neighbor on a street over ( same street really but road curves... She had cleared her box area her next door neighbor got mail and had NOT cleared anything... BOY Am I going to give someone an earful
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Breal76 View Post
He is so stupid two weeks ago he put a box in our box that I COULD NOT GET OUT! He just jammed it in there.

Do you have the same mail deliverer that I do? Mine did the same thing last week, and I had a heck of a time getting the package out of the box. I ended up breaking off the flag thingy in the process of getting the package out.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by Grogs View Post
The biggest problem I've had is that they tend to misplace my outgoing mail. Twice since I've lived here I've had groups of bills (all mailed on the same day) that took over a month to reach their destination. Needless to say, when that happens it costs me some late fees or interest.
I've had this happen, too. Just last week in fact - we got a late payment notice saying they were going to cut off our water. I know we paid the water bill, it was $26 something... and I put it in the box on our porch. The obvious result is that they never got our payment and we got extra charges.
post #12 of 23
"Neither rain nor hail nor sleet nor snow nor heat of day nor dark of night shall keep this carrier from the swift completion of his appointed rounds."



post #13 of 23
You know what's crazy? My mom worked for the post office for 30 years, and when she retired they finally gave her, her 25 year award for service.

She was a very hard worker and they spat all over her. When she was the district manager in Alaska they made her wear a pager 24 hours a day. When she took a step down to become a postmaster (more relaxing). Then she wanted to go on disability. They denied her. Seriously, you should see her hands. Plus she needs a cane to walk. AND she has suffered mini strokes to the point where she passes out and falls down hurting herself real bad. They still wouldn't let her go. Lucky for her, she got a lawyer involved. Then she retired at 60. Yeah...60.

The post office is one of those things where you love em or hate em. We do like our regular gal. She knows my mom has arthritis and diabetes, so when it comes to packages or anything weird. She will come to the door. (We live on a cult de sac postbox and the begining of it and we are at the very end)

I will say that we did have according to the news one of the biggest snow storms in 40 years. Yet except for that one day her chains broke, we got mail.
post #14 of 23
The USPS runs in spite of itself. Upper management starting at the top with the idiot we have for a postmaster general and the mental midgets on the board of governors are so bad they almost make Congress look competent. How's that for a scary thought?
post #15 of 23
Your posties would find it difficult delivering the mail in England. Postie walks around with his post back slung over his shoulder and......has to walk right up to EVERY door. There is no mailbox at the end of the garden, he has to walk up to the door and actually post the mail through the letterbox.

US friends - it must be so frustrating when your service isn't working properly but......YOU GET MAIL COLLECTED FROM YOUR MAILBOXNow that is something we could do with. Here, we have to go to the postbox for simple mail or.....for more complex or larger postal items have to go to the Post Office. Bear in mind, that they closed all the Post Offices down and located them inside a big department store instead.

I must say, I'm quite taken with your idea.
post #16 of 23
I live in an apartment and our mail service isn't any better, especially with packages. We have those big mail centers where all of our mailboxes are in the same place and you have to go there to pick it up. If you get a package that won't fit into your box (which is tiny) they leave a note saying nobody was home to receive it (in the box, like I'm supposed to be sitting in my mailbox awaiting delivery...) and send it back to the district post office. They also like to cram the package in there so it is impossible to remove!

According to my complex, they are supposed to attempt delivery at the actual apartment and leave the notice on your door, but they don't. Also you are supposed to be able to request delivery to the complex office and they will hold it there for pickup but the mailman refuses to leave anything there. Oh and if you call for re-delivery (which they say is offered) you'll wait at home all day and when they show up they won't have your package or even know where it is. I had more than one package returned to sender when I first moved here simply because the USPS couldn't figure out where they put it for me to come pick up!

So yea I gave up. I take all of my outgoing mail to the office, and have all of my packages delivered either there or to my parents' house nearby.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea View Post
Your posties would find it difficult delivering the mail in England. Postie walks around with his post back slung over his shoulder and......has to walk right up to EVERY door. There is no mailbox at the end of the garden, he has to walk up to the door and actually post the mail through the letterbox.

US friends - it must be so frustrating when your service isn't working properly but......YOU GET MAIL COLLECTED FROM YOUR MAILBOXNow that is something we could do with. Here, we have to go to the postbox for simple mail or.....for more complex or larger postal items have to go to the Post Office. Bear in mind, that they closed all the Post Offices down and located them inside a big department store instead.

I must say, I'm quite taken with your idea.
We don't get mail collected from our box. We have to either take it to the post office or search for those blue mailboxes that used to be on every corner but are disappearing faster than snow on a hot day. It would be nice to have it collected from our mailbox.

Also, everybody's boxes are on their porches or a slot in their door so our nice mailguy gets his exercise every day going from house to house, up and down porch steps. He is still very good about getting the mail delivered.
post #18 of 23
Where I live everyone's mailbox is right up by the door. We make sure to keep our sidewalks clear and I've had no problems with the USPS. I usually take my mail to be mailed out to the post office or a secured mailbox. I've lived in places where the mail was sorted through (unsecured boxes) so I'm paranoid. I feel better knowing it's in a secured mailbox.
post #19 of 23
My driver would drive up on our grass just so he wouldn't have to walk 2 steps to our box!! He finally stopped after I complained twice!

So much for the creedo...through rain, or sleet or snow, the mail will get there! Or something like that!
post #20 of 23
I wish everyone could spend a day with their mail carrier, from the beginning of the day (around 5:30 am) to when it gets done. Especially a small office like mine, where we sort our own mail into a case in order of delivery, then pull it down and load into our PRIVATE cars, no LLV's for us. Then we take it around for delivery. There is a reason we drive on the right hand side of the car, so we are able to reach the mail box from the car. I would pick a day for a rider to be one like we had last week. Snow so deep that I had to plow my way with my car up the street, after putting on my own chains, and getting out at every box so we didn't take out a mailbox by trying to get close to it. Walking up the cul-de-sacs and so forth. Not to mention the day I broke a chain, that's probably a day a rider would not have wanted to be with me. With the Christmas Crush and the weather, I added AT Least 2 hours to my route every day. Yes, I do get paid by the hour...but only for a certain # of hours. Rural carriers work by evaluated time, so I certain amount of time to get the job done and the rest is my own time. Though I would love to just say "OK my time is up, I'm going home now" I am obligated to get the mail delivered to the BEST of my ability. So if I get paid for 8 hours and it takes me 10....I get paid for 8. I understand...I had no idea what a mail carriers job was all about until I became one. Now I HAVE walked many a mile in those shoes.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by spudsmom View Post
I wish everyone could spend a day with their mail carrier, from the beginning of the day (around 5:30 am) to when it gets done. Especially a small office like mine, where we sort our own mail into a case in order of delivery, then pull it down and load into our PRIVATE cars, no LLV's for us. Then we take it around for delivery. There is a reason we drive on the right hand side of the car, so we are able to reach the mail box from the car. I would pick a day for a rider to be one like we had last week. Snow so deep that I had to plow my way with my car up the street, after putting on my own chains, and getting out at every box so we didn't take out a mailbox by trying to get close to it. Walking up the cul-de-sacs and so forth. Not to mention the day I broke a chain, that's probably a day a rider would not have wanted to be with me. With the Christmas Crush and the weather, I added AT Least 2 hours to my route every day. Yes, I do get paid by the hour...but only for a certain # of hours. Rural carriers work by evaluated time, so I certain amount of time to get the job done and the rest is my own time. Though I would love to just say "OK my time is up, I'm going home now" I am obligated to get the mail delivered to the BEST of my ability. So if I get paid for 8 hours and it takes me 10....I get paid for 8. I understand...I had no idea what a mail carriers job was all about until I became one. Now I HAVE walked many a mile in those shoes.
Awe..I know what you go thru. I don't know much about rural mail carriers, but I do know a lot about big city mail carriers.

I think if anyone saw a main mail room that is located in a big city, they would be thankful they got mail at all. Especially on the time frame. There is someone at the main post offices 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Including sundays. I have only seen the Portland mail room and I would compare it to half the size of a football field, with rows and rows and rows of mail racks, with at least 10 shelves on every rack completely filled with mail. I can't do that math on that one. Seeing it is mind boggling. It just blows my mind that I can mail out something today (Netflix) and it will arrive tomorrow. THAT'S AMAZING. The mail system does work, sure it has it's downfalls but so does everything else. However it's something that EVERYONE relies on, so a few bad apples ruins the whole pie. It doesn't seem fair, especially from where you are coming from.

I would like to add that on a Sunday the post office came to our rescue. Or should I say a cats. Someone dropped a cat in one of those blue mail boxes and we got a call on it. Within 20 minutes we had someone from the postoffice down there (ON A SUNDAY) with keys to open up box and get kitty out.
post #22 of 23
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I got mail..

I have lots of respect for RR carriers, I am in a town of 23000 and the PO is less than a mile
post #23 of 23
Oh don't get me started with USPS...we moved into our house two years ago...brand new neighborhood. I can understand getting our mail misdelivered once or twice to the person on the next street with the same number address (just different street name). NOOOOOOOOOOOO! About 3-4 times a month, she brings me my mail. About 1-2 a month, I take her mail to her. We are atleast good neighbors to each other. I have put in atleast 4 complaints to Consumer Affairs and nothing seems to work. I am not really sure what else to do. So, if my SS has sent their package already...let's just hope and pray it gets here
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