Resident miffed by lack of mail

Full story: Berkshire Eagle

The United States Postal Service, traditionally one of the nation's most reliable institutions, won't be getting any holiday cheer from Richard S. Backer anytime soon.
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Springfield, MA

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Dec 17, 2009
 
Dave Santa Clarita CA wrote:
Wow! Unsafe to deliver in the dark?. What a cop-out, I have been a carrier for 20 years in Southern Calif. and we routinely deliver in the dark, especially during this time of year. NEVER have we just not delivered the mail cause it was dark.Thats embarassing.
I had a lot of respect for the carriers in that part of the country because of the severe weather they have to deal with, and still deliver the mail.
SUCK IT UP!! GET A FLASHLIGHT, COME ON!!
your an a** hole and never carried through 14 inches of snow and ice.. and sub zero tempatures..its dangerous.. it isnt 70 and lovely,
gladius

Springfield, MA

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#85
Dec 17, 2009
 
ramdan wrote:
<quoted text>Please stop calling my dog retarded!I didn't know he was using the computer,had to run out for some papers! He needs to work on punctuation and proper case,but other than that he is getting the knack!
As the Dog said,it was the postal carriers job to read the label!
Do you deny that that is a good portion of their job,reading?
And also the RESPONSIBILITY of the recipient. Yeah, I know, you have a hard time with being responsible enough to stay off the unemployment rolls.
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Seattle, WA

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#86
Dec 17, 2009
 
Kinda nice story to relate & stop the hate. Had an old customer (I'm retired) email me & ask when I was coming by for my Christmas chocolates. I kinda chuckled and reminded them I had retired & they had been to the party. They told me, I had been their mailman for @ 20 years and they weren't going to forget it any time soon. They'll always appreciate my service and smiling face. I dropped by today and had to spend @ an hour just shooting the breeze. Nice to have appreciative customers/friends. That's the way it is supposed to work. SERVICE came before postal in my world.
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Seattle, WA

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#87
Dec 17, 2009
 
BTW after dark delivery is poor service unless you're from Alaska and that's only when it's unaviodable.
Kristal

Clifton Park, NY

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#88
Dec 17, 2009
 
I also have no received any mail for a few days.. I'm wondering if the same thing is going on with mine?...
a carrier who cares

Skokie, IL

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#89
Dec 18, 2009
 
There are fortytwo vice presidents in the USPS. While carrier and clerk craft are being cut to the bare bones management has increased. Routes have been "adjusted" by a computerized system that has flawed data. Longer routes, increased mail volume, shorter daylight hours all add up to later delivery times. Factor in snow and ice. If the carrier slips or falls due to not being able to see clearly in the dark the USPS will write them up for unsafe practices. While I fully understand the frustrations of not recieving competent mail delivery along with less then satisfactory responses from the USPS, I also know that the vast majority of carriers and clerks are doing the best they can. The increased cost of postage vs. the cost of food or gasoline percentage wise is so low I find it hard to believe people would see that as unreasonable.
sach

Halifax, MA

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#90
Dec 18, 2009
 
postalworker wrote:
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I am a Postmaster and you are wrong Postmasters are needed and most of us do care. Just as most of the craft care. But just as all levels of workers there is that % that does not care and we all know how they are I deliver the mail in my office as well as sort the mail and still have to do the management side of the job. I don't see many other takers in the post office looking to do what I do. Being down on district level managers I think if you could pole the Postmasters they would agree with you but before you say anything about Postmasters try taking a walk in our shoes. I was a carrier and a clerk before that so I have walked in your shoes but have you walked in mine?
Yes sir, I have....and I was damn good at it but could no longer stand being a glorified data input clerk / POOM Puppet...and by the way when you touch that mail , you are violating Article 1

Since: May 08

Queensbury, NY

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#91
Dec 18, 2009
 
gladius wrote:
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And also the RESPONSIBILITY of the recipient. Yeah, I know, you have a hard time with being responsible enough to stay off the unemployment rolls.
Perhaps you have not heard the news that layoffs occur every winter in the New England area construction field!
I have not missed a single scheduled work shift in over three years,if my Employer has work for me,I will be available!
Time now for a nap,gotta rest up for Yellowstone,got lots of activities planned!
P.S. my Bean package is overdue,maybe later I will go to the P.O. just to make sure they can read the label!
spituee

United States

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#92
Dec 18, 2009
 
thanks wrote:
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and I thank you, I'll bet 99% of the people do
problem is the complainers are always louder than those satisfied
You hit the nail on the head!
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Seattle, WA

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#93
Dec 18, 2009
 
The attitude of management towards workers at the po is appalling. I lay responsibility for that problem directly on management. SH*T rolls downhill and you've created the problem. How about real accountability. When managers violate the contract they should be required to pay some of the settlement. Additionally they should be able to be sued in a court of law. They few ok supervisors protect the poor ones and until we have the kind of real connection from cause of the problem to solution all po workers should be worried about their future. If you want to be a manager and violate the contract like postmaster YOU ARE THE PROBLEM !!! Why don't you see that ???
gladius

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#94
Dec 18, 2009
 
ramdan wrote:
<quoted text>Perhaps you have not heard the news that layoffs occur every winter in the New England area construction field!
I have not missed a single scheduled work shift in over three years,if my Employer has work for me,I will be available!
Time now for a nap,gotta rest up for Yellowstone,got lots of activities planned!
P.S. my Bean package is overdue,maybe later I will go to the P.O. just to make sure they can read the label!
Guaranteed none of those activities will include a job search. Do ya shave with yer eyes closed so ya don't have to be lookin at a perjurer?
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Seattle, WA

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Dec 18, 2009
 
sach wrote:
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Yes sir, I have....and I was damn good at it but could no longer stand being a glorified data input clerk / POOM Puppet...and by the way when you touch that mail , you are violating Article 1
I was talking to a lady at my wife's work. She was so proud of her postal manager son. He not only runs the entire po where he works, but he also runs a cleaning service,(on the clock) as a side job. Then after work he is going to school to become an aircraft mechanic. His biggest complain, according to MOM, is all the minorities and women that can't work fast enough to suit him and management can't get rid of them. A real credit and ASSet to the postal service. He should be "allowed" to pursue his other interests !!! ASAP
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#96
Dec 18, 2009
 
postal carrier wrote:
BTW after dark delivery is poor service unless you're from Alaska and that's only when it's unaviodable.
Am curious as to whether the carriers go armed in AK due to the grizzly population. I know they are as much a problem there as are the moose.
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Halifax, MA

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#97
Dec 19, 2009
 
brian wrote:
Are you kidding me. Who cares. you couldnt live without your betterhomes and garden. Just remmember this. you pay nothing to receive mail delivery to your home 6 days a week. if you want your mail earlier pay for a po box and you will have by 10:30 everyday. How can people complain about a free service
Brian...Our customers most certainly do pay !!you see when he / she ordered that Better Homes and Gardens, they paid the publisher for that subscription who in turn paid postage to us to get it to them...1st,2nd,standard,parcel s,etc.= REVENUE
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Halifax, MA

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#98
Dec 19, 2009
 
A concerned resident wrote:
Yeah it's great when you don't get mail for a couple of days, and then when you do you get your coupons for depatment stores such as "rewards" that expired TWO days before they expired. Love having this happen and seeing a neighbor who is a mail carrier backing their mail truck into their driveway and hanging out for two or three hours at least 2 days a week. This isn't common practice for mail carriers, and there seems to be a BIG problem. Strike? Laziness? who knows but either way it affects the people that make up their salary...the tax payers..and postal buyers...businssess small and big.
In the last 6 months +/- I have seen more late mail, dated past delivery date come to our office...when we get it its already past due, the issues are at the plant's. See in their infinate wisdom mgt. decided to slash plant positions and tours etc. thinking they could get things done...guess what ??? I agree w/w customer it is a disgrace to del. mail late, especially since the customer paid to have it out on time, but unfortunately it is the Carrier (me) who ususally gets the blame...also "concerned Resident"...if your neighbor is disgracing us by going home for several hours (any day) please report (you can do it anonomously) to the OIG or Postal Inspectors...he / she is stealing (time) and should be terminated...Sorry for your troubles w/ PO there.

Since: May 08

Queensbury, NY

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#99
Dec 19, 2009
 
gladius wrote:
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Guaranteed none of those activities will include a job search. Do ya shave with yer eyes closed so ya don't have to be lookin at a perjurer?
Last week,Nolan,L.B.corp,B and B !
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Agawam, MA

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#100
Dec 21, 2009
 
ykijhgfredz wrote:
what happens when the cash assistance check is late?how do people drink at that tavern on 4th st?
is that place still open? haven't been there in years...
urhttfgdes

AOL

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Dec 21, 2009
 
Reader wrote:
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is that place still open? haven't been there in years...
go to zens until about midnihgt.......the bartender at zens will make the call.......and then you can get all the coke you need..........happens most every weeknite.......or so people tell me..

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