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USPS Employees unaware of IMM or USPS.com allows
Posted by Jcgg on 03/12/2012
CALIFORNIA -- Postal employees will not accept boxes that are eligible for international flat rate delivery. Such as large video box code: 01096L.

BUT wait!!!! I showed them the IMM (International Mail Manual) exhibit: 232.2b very clearly states that is eligible AND USPS.com click & ship lists such box as FLAT RATE international and allows you to print the shipping label. STILL with all this evidence I talked to at least 7 postal employees and 2 supervisors and to the Santa Ana, CA service center and they had NO CLUE of what I was talking about!!!

     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2012-03-12:
What specifically did they say when you pointed them to 232.2b? That it did not apply? While they may not have known what you were talking about, they have the responsibility to address whether or not their own regulation applies.
Posted by Albert on 2013-06-09:
This is old but I had the same situation today in NH, they had no idea what this "large video box" is and refused to mail it at flat rate price. Next day I came with printed pages from USPS website, showing all the info what this box is, I took another box to show them etc. no the supervisor at the end concluded "there is no flat rate text on the box, therefore it's not flat rate, usps probably sent you (me) the wrong box or something, no refund" (I asked for the difference between what they charged me and the flat rate). Which was stupid since all boxes/envelops express/priority etc. from USPS have some kind of flat rate shipping charge! I had all the proof, printed their regulations saying I was right, they got their arguments out of thin air! And refused! They made me look like an idiot trying to scam them or something... and in the end they scammed me, no to mentioned, I had to wait 3 weeks for the "large video box" to arrive, not 7-10 days, I waited just because of the cheaper flat rate but instead got still the high price, with delay, great.
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USPS - Its Own Victim
Posted by N01cat24 on 12/22/2011
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- I have the misfortune to live in Henrico County, VA just outside Richmond, Va. Of course, in their wisdom, the USPS assigned my community a Richmond Zip Code forcing us to deal with the East End Richmond Post Office, better known because of its plastic shields at the counter and locked areas, the "War Zone".

For 12 years I have suffered and complained to the Post Master General and the local post office by telephone (try to use their online complaint e-mail forms and you will probably find as I do that they do not work - broken links, locked fields, etc.) about: (1) misdelivered mail, i.e. all mail in my cul de sac delivered to my mailbox, my correctly addressed mail delivered to a person in Richmond with a totally different name and zip code, etc. (2)delivery of my mail consistently after 6:30PM (3)packages not delivered requiring me to pay a cab (I do not drive and there is no bus service) to go to the "War Zone".

The excuses they give me are numerous - can't hire enough people because they, "can't find enough employees to pass the legal requirements and drug testing" (actual quote), they are afraid someone will steal the package if they leave it (UPS and FedEx have no such problem and I have never missed receiving a package), my neighborhood is the last on the route, etc.

I have a family in France and right now I am waiting to call a cab to pick up the package they sent. As usual, it was delivered after 6:30PM and although I was home either the carrier did not use the doorbell or simply knocked once and left.

So, I am going to tell my family in Europe to not attempt to send packages and to rely on IM and e-mail for our correspondence.

I will choose the more expensive method of sending my packages by FedEX or UPS. I have already switched to almost exclusively electronic cards and correspondence.

It appears to me that if the Post Office wants to become financially viable they might consider providing decent service.
     
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Posted by J. Plantaganet Corby on 2011-12-22:
Do you live in a house with a fence? If the gate is closed USPS will not open the gate like all the rest of the carriers do. I have the same problem I have to leave the gate propped open to get delivery from USPS. If I don't get to the gate in time I also have to go pickup my packages. I have no idea why they can't open gates.
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So Sick of the Post Office!
Posted by GreenstarYT on 12/05/2011
Normally I sympathize with those of us with bad jobs. I myself had one until recently, and I'm sure you were all aware of that. I would assume working at the post office is one of those bottom of the barrel, worlds suckiest jobs. However, of all the places I shop/frequent, I have never had more issues with the workers then at the post office. Here is just one example...

I ship a LOT of items. Big items, small items, domestic and international items. It's all for Ebay. I print my own postage at home to save time so all I have to do at the post office is wait in line, and then get my items scanned in. My closest POs do not have a drop bin, you HAVE to wait in line to give them to someone. Until maybe a year ago you just handed them off and hoped they got to their destination. At some point something changed and they added a scan in and printed receipt feature so when you drop off your items the worker scans in each piece and gives you a printed receipt. I LOVE this. I can insure that each of my items gets an arrival scan, and makes me feel good showing my buyers on eBay that their item left my hands and on what day.

The PO right by my office has the worst workers. One actually answers her cell phone to take personal calls while helping customers. WTF is that about?! This has happened on more then one occasion, since I'm there every day, I notice these things. It's not just emergencies, it's not just occasionally, it's practically every day. Most of them do what they should and scan my items and hand me a receipt without question. One will ask whether or not I would like the receipt, but still scans the items. The one today, who I have never seen before, was not like the others.

I had more boxes then the window could hold, and as soon as I filled the window he began moving them out of the way. He saw I was still standing there and asked "Yes?". Baffled, I said I had more boxes to pile up, and began to do so. He again cleared them off to the side...and again seeing me still stand there he said "ANY MORE?!" With an audible anger. "No?" I said. He gave me a bug eyed look and raised his hands up in that "then what" pose, to ask why I was still standing there. "I'd like my receipt?". His eyes sank and he began to grumpily scan all my items in and print my receipt. He then held it slightly out of my reach while reading it over. I held my hand up to receive it and he says "It's worthless, you can have it but IT'S WORTHLESS". WTF?! I scowled, grabbed my receipt and said THANKS and walked out.

Um #1 it's NOT worthless. #2 Why question WHY a customer wants their receipt? It signifies he scanned in all my items. #3, How come at every other post office I go to they just scan my items and give me a receipt without asking? That is apparently the standard, one that HE decided he doesn't want to follow. #4 THERE WAS ONE GUY BEHIND ME IN LINE and he actually let me ahead of him for god knows what reason. Human kindness?

Point being, I'm sick of going to the PO. These kind of things happen fairly regularly, and at several different locations. I could make them print postage and delivery confirmation for each and every piece but I try and make their lives easier by printing myself and THIS is the thanks I get? Geeze!
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-05:
The employee's behavior was uncalled for. He has no right telling you the receipt is worthless. Obviously it's of worth to you, or you wouldn't have asked for it.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-05:
My local post office has an employee just like that. I can't stand him. So I send my husband when I need something. ;)
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-12-05:
Seems to me this letter should be against the particular one you had trouble with, since you said that at other PO's you have no issue and they give you a receipt without asking.

My local PO is very small and I like it. Unfortunately I can't get receipts as you describe at all :(
Posted by GreenstarYT on 2011-12-05:
Ven, I'm the one who does the PO trip for my husband AND myself, since we both sell on ebay. The PO is right across the parking garage from my office so I just stop at my car and pick my boxes up and walk on over. I like the receipt because they have to stand there and scan in each package, as opposed to just throwing them aside and I get to HOPE they get scanned in.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-12-05:
I used to do all the banking/post office errands because they were right near my office, so I don't feel guilty sending my husband now. It's his turn!

Since you go so frequently, I can understand why you need good, fast service and a receipt. Most postal workers are friendly, but there will always be one person with an attitude. I tried avoiding that person at my post office but decided it was easier to just send my husband instead.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-12-06:
there is always ups or fedex.
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-12-06:
Mad has a point. UPS and FedEx are very competitive and used by many Ebay sellers. If you haven't looked into them, it's worth a shot.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-12-06:
Last time I checked, UPS/FedEx are more expensive for smaller boxes and not as easy to access. UPS shines for midsize to larger parcels, which become prohibitively expensive at USPS. At my local PO, there are several people like the OP that bring in handfuls of boxes to ship. Most of my Ebay purchases come via Priority Mail, and that is what I most use to send.
Posted by Churro on 2011-12-06:
I read where the U.S. postal service plans to prevent bankruptcy by slowing down the mail. As they say at the postal service they lose money on every parcel but they make it in volume. So perhaps this guy is a trend setter because ya know poorer service equals less business which equals less parcel shipments which equals fewer losses. In fact the only way the postal service can be saved it to have no customers whatsoever and there ya go... Your gubment in action.
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USPS - Rings and Runs!
Posted by Eric25 on 11/29/2011
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- My postal worker rang my doorbell a single time. I answered the door in less than 10 seconds after the doorbell rang, just in time to see the postal worker closing the door of the mail delivery truck and speeding off. In the mailbox at the curb, I found a "Sorry We Missed You!" notice for undelivered certified mail.

As a result, I missed delivery of a large check to made out to my company. I had to adjust my busy schedule to accept delivery the following day.

     
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Posted by clutzycook on 2011-11-29:
UPS is notorious for doing this, too.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-29:
UPS knocks on my door once for packages that do NOT require a signature, which is what I have heard other people complain about (why, I do not know). I've never heard a complaint that UPS knocks and runs with packages in hand.
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-11-29:
They have for me.
Posted by Old Timer on 2011-11-29:
Got home and found another Amazon box on our front porch. In big black letters it says AMAZON Gift on the box. Good thing our porch is hidden and pretty far from the street. I wonder how many AMAZON Gift boxes walk away before the owners find them?
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-11-29:
I just read a Kindle Fire review where the person had theirs stolen right off their porch (left the box). Because it came preloaded with their info, the thief started buying things off amazon with the info.
Posted by Old Timer on 2011-11-29:
At some point Amazon will have to wake up. Leaving boxes all over town marked as Amazon Gifts is not a very good idea.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-11-30:
You're lucky if the UPS driver knocks or rings the bell. I order frequently, mostly from Amazon. I can hear the driver's truck pull up. He puts the package on the front step then runs back to his truck. How much additional effort would it take to ring or knock?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-30:
Either the OP made an error, or everyone else is reading this wrong. There is no complaint about UPS. The OP is referring to USPS, the United States Postal Service...the mailman.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-30:
The devils in the details, 'eh? lol
Posted by At Your Service on 2011-11-30:
I laugh at the Amazon commercial running right now where some gal gets home to find a large Amazon package on her doorstep. She seems happy to open it and find a new tablet. It sounds to me like a wonderful way of getting a lot of merchandise free! You got to think there are a lot of people that never get their packages because of this.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-11-30:
Justice: My post correctly identified UPS (United Parcel System) not the USPS. Almost all of my online purchases are delivered by UPS. My post/complaint was directed at them. Very astute of you to pickup and differentiate the difference.
Posted by olie on 2011-11-30:
When I've had occasion to send an item by Certified Mail, I've been able to track the item online. If OP is expecting a check, might the sender be able to provide tracking info to the recipient? (I was sending my health insurance info to Mr.olie's ex to cover my stepson. We were not provided with the ex's phone number and even had to resort to online court records for her address.)

On a much more cheery note--I can tell you that UPS delivers to our house between 10:40 and 11:00 a.m., when we have a package. Amazon's tracking has shown this pattern, and it has always been correct. In fact, the new Michael Connelly is "in transit". I predict a delivery time of about 10:46 on Nov.30.
Posted by momsey on 2011-11-30:
A tracking number is nice, but doesn't help you know exactly when your package will be delivered.
Posted by CowboyFan on 2011-11-30:
If you are home waiting for a big check, perhaps a note on the door saying you are there and ring twice would be helpful.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-30:
Well heck, the Postman Always Rings Twice.
Posted by oldisgood on 2011-11-30:
people, people, people. read again. it said USPS not UPS. UPS delivers packages and runs too. Both entities do this because of time constraints.
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Disrespect of our Flag
Posted by Cat93 on 11/13/2011
I have tried comlpaining to our local post office in Fort Mohave Az (86442) About the flag that flys above it. It is in tatters, it needs replacing. Here it is the day after vertrans day and the had the nerve to flag a flag that is in rags. How can our children learen respect for our flag if we don't respect it!!Please forward to someone that can remedy this!
     
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Posted by andbran on 2011-11-13:
i know this is an suggettion, why not buy a flag and donate it to the post office?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-13:
andbran makes an excellent point.

I know the "occupy" people think that the rich should pay for everything, but when are everyone else gonna step up?

I'm tired of living my life to the "lowest" common denominator, defined by the likes of poor people, black people, illegal people, old people, young people, etc.

Where I live, there is a new law being considered to require all government buildings to fly American flags - and flags made in the U.S. only!
Posted by Skye on 2011-11-13:
I concur with andbran and S Hawking.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2011-11-13:
It does bother me to see U.S. flags that are made in China.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-11-13:
I agree with the others. The flag should always be displayed according to the flag code, and honorably destroyed when it is no longer serviceable. You can contact your congresman and request a flag that has flown over the Capital Building, and give it to the Post Office. I agree that any American flag should be made only in the US. To buy a Chinese made flag is an affront.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-13:
That's interesting, to request a flag flown over the state capitol. What a great suggestion/information, Starlord!
Posted by JayByJay on 2011-11-13:
The flag code is a bit vague on how tattered a flag can be before it can no longer be used as a symbol of the country. Also, is there any chance of historical significance of this particular flag?

Anyways, this just sounds like a "be a part of your community thing and help them get a new one" solution if it bothers you enough to write a complaint about it.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-11-13:
Good question, Jay. But I have a feeling the flag is just weathered.

While worn flags can be interesting to look at, I don't think they should be flown. There is no excuse not to replace tattered flags.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-13:
A company near me went out of business, and left a flag on the flag pole. I noticed a month ago it was in tatters, so I cranked it down and removed it.
Posted by Mrs. V on 2011-11-14:
Most local American Legions will go and offer/replace a flag that is damaged for free. The will also respectfully decomission the old one.
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-11-14:
I can understand why this would bother the poster. As mentioned, unless this flag his a particular significance, perhaps someone there should show some pride and replace the symbol of our country they display.
I wouldn't look twice if it was on someones lawn, but this is a Government building, right?
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Poor Service
Posted by Bjisla on 09/13/2011
I am waiting for a package shipped from Durham NC to Charlotte NC since 9-7 I think this type of service is exactly what is giving the postal service a bad name. not only do they not deliver but they don't care about you or your mail. I have had to complain about my driver on numerous occasions and I feel this is why I don't get any mail for days. my packages were being left on my lawn instead of at my door the driver usually leaves the mailbox door open so anyone can see if you have received mail or not when I complain it seems more like I'm annoying them for doing such a lousy job. I use the post office as little as possible mainly because of the constant increase in charges and the sharp decline in service. I remember the days when it was an honor to work for the post office where has it gone wrong, mail was a priority and service outstanding I guess like everything else in our country now days nothing is important and honor is a thing of the past.
     
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Posted by BEJ on 2011-09-13:
Not counting the 7th, it has only been 4 business days as of today. How did you ship the package? Was it priority, overnight, 1st class, parcel post? Each has a different time frame for delivery.
Posted by Wherezmymail2011 on 2011-11-10:
Oh geez... the details don't matter. There are many complaints about the lousey USPS service and attitude. And I'll agree... some of the people they let deliver mail are total morons and are probably put on street duty because no one working inside can stand them.

The other day, I had my driveway repaved. There was bright yellow caution tape around the front of my yard so people would know to keep off the driveway. I purposely stood on my porch as the mailman came up the street so I could get my mail from him directly. He starts walking thru my neighbor's yard and I say to him "Don't walk on my driveway, I just had it paved!" What does he do? He looks down at my driveway and walks right across it!!! And I'm like what the @#%! are you doing? I just said not to walk on there! He ignored me and handed me some mail. It was NOT even my mail. He had delivered all the mail one house behind. He had a large envelope foe me that had a Delivery Confirmation tag on it and he didn't even scan it like they are supposed to. He probably scans them all prior to making his rounds... which is wrong. The guy was a total idiot and didn't seem to care about anything that happened.
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Long journey
Posted by Linglelobo6 on 07/08/2011
I live in Houston, Texas, and on the morning of 5 July an eBay seller mailed me a Priority package from Macon, Georgia. It arrived (per tracking) at Atlanta that evening (makes sense), then it arrived on the morning of 7 July in Toledo, Ohio (make no sense), and on the evening of the 7th it arrived in Romulus, Michigan (I have never even heard of this place) and that was the last heard from although it would appear that the package is attempting to escape to Canada. A USPS representative, absolutely refusing to acknowledge that this appears an unusual route for a Priority package, coped out by saying that Priority mail can take five business days. That would place it here by Saturday. The problem with that is all mail for Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation, must always first touch down at Dallas-Fort Worth. Despair thy name is USPS.
     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-07-08:
Yes, that is correct. Priority Mail *typically* takes 2-3 days, but that is *not guaranteed*. You may ask why pay if it isn't, but consider Parcel Post could take 9 days or more.

If you need something overnight, use Express Mail.

You are asking them to give you the justification for why your package was routed to X or Y. I doubt the CSR can give you logistical reasons for that. I don't think the CSR "coped out" - what they said is true.

I've heard of Romulus. Looked it up, and it is right next to Detroit's airport. There is a Priority Mail processing center there. That is what your package is doing there. Why it was routed there vs elsewhere is hard to say.
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Content of the package stolen/replaced in ISC NEW YORK
Posted by Inchik on 03/31/2011
Hi,
Just want to share what happened to my package. My parents live in Germany. They sent to us a package with several nice art books and some children toys and clothes. When I received the package it had no books at all. It had the clothes and toys my parents sent along with somebody else's stuff (a scarf, wallet, and socks in a gift wrapping paper, a soap, a broken Christmas candy). The package was opened and retaped. The label on the package clearly says its weight was 8.5 kg (over 18 pounds), and the custom declaration says "books". Obviously the package's weight is much smaller now, around 7 pounds. The USPS tracking tool shows that it arrived to ISC NEW YORK (which is supposed to be the customs) and was there for 12 days. I believe somebody in the ISC opened a bunch of parcels at once, went through the content, then just stuffed the things back without paying attention. I filed complaints on usps.com and on postalinspectors. uspis.gov but I doubt it will help. It is not that the lost books are super expensive, I just feel sorry for my parents, they wanted us to have those particular books. If somebody recognizes their lost items (a scarf and socks in a gift wrapping paper, a soap, a broken Christmas candy) you can contact me on this site with a description and I will sent it to you.

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-31:
Did your parents insure the package?
Posted by inchik on 2011-04-05:
Yes, for 100 euro.
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Why can't you purchase first-class shipping online?
Posted by on 02/28/2011
I can't stand going into the post office and waiting in those long lines, especially since the USPS is closing down a bunch more offices means even LONGER lines. So I try to ship out as many packages online, as I can. I sell a lot of things on Ebay, so purchasing and printing shipping labels online is so much more easier. My grievance is you CANNOT purchase the first class rate online. My question and complaint is WHY??? Why will they allow you to purchase PRIORITY, (which by the way is more than twice as much more money than first class and essentially the same service and shipping times) but won't allow to to purchase first class? Is this some sort of scheme to rip you of on priority shipping? Its the same with international shipping. They have no problem taking your money for express and priority, but once again, you have to waste your time driving to a post office to purchase first class. Its quite irritating and annoying. They seriously need to fix it.
     
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Posted by azRider on 2011-02-28:
I agree. I sell books, and it would be great to buy both media and first class off the web site. but only priority mail is allowed. the USPS complains they are losing money. think of much they could add in revue if they would allow purchase of first class and media mail! they might actually see an increase in shipping.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-28:
You can ship USPS 1st class through paypal. All you have to do is log in, and use this link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now (linky)
If USPS won't let you in the front door, slip in through the back.

Posted by trmn8r on 2011-02-28:
Priority Mail is the same as First Class for close distances - my post office always looks at the label and will tell me not to waste money on Priority if they think it will be the same amount of time. Happens to me and I have heard them tell other. Maybe there is a benefit to going in (:
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-02-28:
stamps.com has a program, but I think the cheapest is @10 bucks a month.
Posted by Ytropious on 2011-02-28:
I buy first class through ebay shipping just fine. First class MUST be 13oz or less, or 4lbs or less for international. Buy it through ebay OP, then you get delivery confirmation for 19 cents.
Posted by Renee on 2013-01-19:
You can purchase first class shipping for within the US but not to Canada. Why?
Posted by Jayesper on 2013-03-28:
International shipping, AFAIC, is out of the question. Even to Canada. The buyers don't deserve to pay those exorbitant fees or wait on their hands and feet. Oh and stamps.com is $15.99/month for the cheaper service. They'll let you add $10.00/month though it seems. I too am sick of going in there to do nothing but pickup FREE expedited supplies (I guess that's how they get you to use the services).
Posted by Michelle on 2013-04-23:
I'm livid. I've been selling on Ebay for a few years and also off Ebay. I've always been able to use Ebay or Paypal to ship items within the USA but not this year? I have no clue as to why i can't ship within my own country if it's under 13 oz... which is the weight limit for 1st class. I used to be able to ship 1st class international to my folks in England, but not anymore. Who has time and fuel to run to the post office for this? It's insane but yet they will take your money hand over fist... GRRRR Post office get with it!
Posted by John on 2013-07-20:
Hi Guys and dolls! Thank you for the advice here. I used paypal and it was a breeze. Also for some reason it was about 10% cheaper than USPS's estimate. Super quick no hassle and I pay for it right through paypal all at once. Love it. Saved me a trip and several dollars.
Posted by Maggie on 2013-07-22:
I agree with John that Paypal is a very easy way to ship eBay items, but I've found a problem with shipping lighter items. If it is below 4 oz, they charge you $1.69 for the label, when you can save up to $.70 by going into the post office. 1 oz - $.92, 2 oz - 1.12, etc. eBay now requires that you upload tracking information to them 90% of the time for "Top Rated Plus" status. Kind of seems like a mutually benefitting arrangement for them.
Posted by Taser_This on 2013-09-17:
I would think they don't offer First Class Postage because they want to force you to pay more for Priority - and want to deny you alternative options. Really not a good policy for the U.S. Post Office. You would expect private companies to abuse customers, but not a quasi-public entity.
Posted by Ed Maple on 2013-10-29:
Actually, Taser_This, you are much more likely to be abused by the State and it's minions as you most often have no other choice. with private industry you are free to find the choice which serves your needs at a price you agree to pay. Unless of course it has a government enabled monopoly or some other corrupt crony capitalist advantage. Which is imposed by the State.
Posted by Keith on 2014-02-08:
Not sure what everyone is talking about. You can send first class international on the website. I made a label today. You cannot send it that way on PayPal and today I couldn't send a package media mail.
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Christmas card w/money never arrived!
Posted by Chelonia mydas on 12/29/2010
GLADSTONE, MISSOURI -- Is it not suspicious that all my mail has arrived safely from my sister in Montana for over 4 years now, BUT the one very important Christmas card with two $100 bills in it has never arrived?! She writes at least twice a month and every one of those letters have made it right on time. I think there are a bunch of pathetic thieves that get hired to get the mail out on time in Dec. Hey, without paying for a tracking number or so called black mailing device, there is really no way of finding that card. (According to the gentleman at the post office) Shame on the postal service for not handling holiday mail more securely. Shame on the scum bag that stole Christmas from two very deserving children.
     
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Posted by leet60 on 2010-12-29:
Doesn't suprise me. I recently had a replacement ATM card, which was mailed to an address I have lived at for 30 years, returned to my bank marked by the post office as "not deliverable - no such address". I have seen the envelope it was mailed in as the bank kept it - the post office has no explanation to offer.
Posted by trmn8r on 2010-12-29:
My mom taught me not to put currency in the US mail back in 1968, and I never have. These days, I would send a gift card, money order, or a check.

Do you suspect that employees have some kind of scanner or sniffer that seeks out envelopes with money in them? How would they know which envelopes to steal?
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-12-29:
sad fact is, there are many postal service employees who target cards. most times cards contain cash. not so long ago, there was a local news program out of atlanta that busted several postal employees for stealing money from items they were in charge of. one can no longer trust the postal service.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-29:
My sister-in-law's mom gave me money for Christmas. Rather than mail me cash, she put the money directly in my bank account.
Posted by unhappy999 on 2010-12-29:
With all the thousands, possibly millions of holiday cards going through the USPS this time of year, the employees would have no way of knowing which ones contain cash, whether it be $1 or $200. Some mail does get lost. I hope your card turns up. I'm sure we all know never to send cash through the mail especially a large amount like that. I just checked the back of my Target bill and it says "do not mail cash payments." I guess some people still do and that's why most bills caution against it even though to most of us, it is common sense.
Posted by Ponie on 2010-12-29:
How often has she sent two one hundred dollar bills in mail you received from her? Just wonderin'.....
Posted by Chelonia mydas on 2011-01-10:
Hello to all the people still waiting for their Christmas cards! I called my local USPS to file a complaint. He said I couldn't. I was told their was nothing I could do because my sister didn't "BUY" into their so called safety feature, the tracking number. Look at all the people complaining about their mail that is lost even after buying into the postal services "sure" deal. Garbage...Oh, let me see..do I trust you to deliver this? Wait, I don't, go ahead and charge me for one of those numbers! Anyhow, I called the mail distribution center in Montana and she was very polite and said that the sorting machines do not like red envelopes (it can't read them) and thin envelopes (the cheap ones in the dollar stores). The machine jams and tears the envelopes and cards sometimes to the point where the addresses can't be read. They are waiting for people to call them looking for something in particular - like two $100 bills. My sister said it was a red card! I apologize for accusing a scum bag for taking it when there is possibly another reason. To answer that last comment- My sister has sent $20 every two weeks for my kids for 4 years now. All have made it. Call your local post office and find out where the distribution centers are located and give a call. One guy said he had a huge pile of destroyed cards and a lot of money but no $100 bills. I believe him, he seemed very honest. Good luck my friends. I personally never send cash but my sister who lives way up in the mountains is quite oblivious to the real world. You have to love that - someone who believes in and trusts the USPS. Not me :(
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