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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:22 PM

Another USPS Story

Today I received an email from a company I have a recurring order (every 3 months) with, asking if my order had arrived yet. I hadn't paid much attention as I'm backlogged on that supply, but I checked and lo and behold, it was shipped on February 17 and is still listed as "in transit"! Well, I fired an e-mail back letting the company know that it hadn't arrived and was listed as "in transit" and suggested that they, as a company, should complain to the USPS and their senators and congressman about the service and demand that Mr. DeJoy be fired, since he was responsible. I got an e-mail right back saying that the package "had probably been lost in transit" and they would be happy to send me another one at no charge. I emailed back saying that would be fine but suggesting that they use another method to send it since the USPS was so obviously gummed up and again suggesting that they as a company needed to complain to USPS and their senators and congressman. The person replied that they were only set up for mail shipping at this time but that she would add complimentary priority shipping. We will see if this makes a difference. She said she would definitely pass on my comments and experience up the line.

Several days ago we received a package that had been "in transit" from Oregon for 4 weeks. Today we got one that had been "in transit" from Atlanta for three weeks. Pardon me but you can but rot in hell, Louis DeJoy. Sooner, rather than later.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:25 PM

1. Ridiculous!

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:30 PM

2. A friend of mine just got his tax return that he filed 11 months. Not ago

Sure if the screw up was USPS or IRS, but it was definitely another Chump administration failure.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:41 PM

3. DeJoy is hellbent on destroying our postal service

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:42 PM

4. IMO, the QOP had made a precarious situation with the USPS dramatically worse. No doubt that

things have become far worse and they had gotten bad even before the last year. In my case (rural Texas) our PO went to half day service and we use a contractor for delivery. Terrible - mail in the wrong mailbox, Postmistress who literally hates her job, etc.

I think the biggest thing is a unapologetic push to privatize delivery by the GOP. They view anything that competes with profit oriented business as evil. The fact that most people now use "autopay" for bills, and everything is now digital, what is the answer?

In my case most of my mail is now advertisement, solicitation, and a hardcopy of my bills (I still like to see statements without having to print them). For folks that depend on drugs by mail, and those without digital access it just sucks.

I miss the old days when the PO was the gold standard of dependability but I seriously doubt that it will ever go back.

Sadly a lot of good jobs with good benefits seems to be on the way out. I think UBI (universal Basic Income) will be the only solution for millions of citizens going forward. What a wacky, crazy, fucked up world we live in these days. Almost out of an Orwell Novel.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:45 PM

5. I have a small e-commerce business

We do about 10 orders per day. 2019 everything (domestic and international) was USPS. Shipping was “free” if you spent $30 for US and $50 for the rest of the world. No problem no complaints. Costs were unbeatable. 7pm drop off 15mins from home. Then the summer of 2020. Every package “in transit” and never arrives or arrives 3+ months after shipping.

Now, all international DHL and all domestic UPS. I am shipping items worth half of the shipping cost sometimes. The “free” shipping is gone and my customers pay all shipping now. My business is up but I miss the post office. The service with DHL and UPS is first class. My 2019 one dollar in shipping is now $8 in 2021. It’s can not be fixed soon enough for me.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:04 PM

6. If DeJoy goes to hell, he better use a means

other than the USPS to get there.

It pains me that Chump/DeJoy screwed around with the USPS. Is nothing sacred anymore?

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:22 PM

7. I've had issues with anything going through Richmond (I live in Bedford County).

I sent cards to our three daughters - one lives in Ashburn, and her card went from my local post office to Greensboro, NC through the Dulles sorting center, to her house. She got it in about three days or so. One daughter lives in Fishersville, and the other in Harrisonburg. Their cards went from my local post office to Greensboro, NC through the Richmond sorting center and sat there for almost a month.

I'm beyond pissed off.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 11:26 PM

8. I happen to have a singularly incompetent delivery person. She's been on my route for something

like 8 years. Mail is regularly mis-delivered by her. I've complained many times. The main post office knows who she is, and the apparently get a lot of complaints about her. I don't understand why she wasn't fired years ago.

Aside from her, I have honestly not had noticeable problems with my mail delivery. Lucky me. A friend who lives near Pittsburgh, PA, hasn't gotten is various tax stuff to do his taxes, and has called to have them resent.

An uncle was a mail carrier his entire working life. I also live in rural Northern New York as a child, and appreciated what the delivery people went through to deliver the mail, especially in the snow and cold that could happen there. For years now, anytime anyone complains about the Post Office I want to hand them an envelope and 50 cents (or whatever the current postage rate is) and say, Please get this to BumFuck Idaho in the next three days. And no, you don't get extra money to do that.

I have a friend who has many penpals around the world and is part of some kind of world wide postcard exchange. Our postal rates are half, or less than that of any other country out there. One of the founding things of this country was our postal service, and it needs to be protected.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 08:57 AM

9. Our delivery people

have been wonderful since I moved here, from the garrulous old guy who was a source of information about who my neighbors were, to the woman with the bad knee, to the younger ones we have now who alternate and bring any packages straight to the door. I have no complaints about them. The guys at the PO in one of the twin villages where we are, well, they're a couple of old grouches; Oscar has nothing on them. I think they've been there since Ben Franklin. But the lady in the other one is great so I go there instead, when I need to. But more and more, for packages I'm going to UPS in the city where they're nice and efficient and friendly and it doesn't cost any more. I know that's what DeJoy wanted, but until this is straightened out that's what I have to do.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Mar 6, 2021, 09:34 AM

10. It's ridiculous

I regularly mail cards, sometimes including checks, to various nieces and nephews, for birthdays, holidays, etc. The cards are taking over a week to get anywhere. Right now I’m dealing with increasingly hysterical calls from an autistic nephew who hasn’t received his card.

Also, my gas company has taken to trying to bully customers into paying online by warning them that they will incur late charges if the mail is delayed.

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