Archive for August, 2011

Post Office Woes

Before heading to Congress, Millicent Fenwick was the Director of Consumer Affairs for the state of New Jersey. As with her other positions, she brought with her a sense of empathy and compassion for the consumer. She listened and took action.

I wonder what she would have done this past Saturday when two dozen people, myself included, were waiting on line at the post office when the clock struck noon. Apparently being at the post office before it closes doesn’t matter. Ms. Karen, the only postal worker, announced that the post office was now closed and she was done for the day.

Needless to say there were a lot of unhappy campers. The fact that more than twenty customers made an effort to get to the post office before it closed was irrelevant not to mention how long those at the front of the line must have been there.

Half the customers stayed, half left. I was in the latter group and didn’t want to waste more time than I already had. As I exited with others we shared our frustration and the location of two other post offices with Saturday hours, but not in walking distance. I won’t even go into what happened at post office number two, but at least they were open.

As to post office number one, it is rumored to be on the chopping block, but with service like yesterday it almost doesn’t matter.