America's Laziest Postman, Or What "Essential" Government Money Is Spent On

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After seeing this, it may be no wonder the rest of the non-mail-providing-public in the US goes "postal."...

 

 

Via Mediaite,

When this United States Postal Worker delivered a package to a home in LaGrange, Georgia recently, chances are she didn’t know she was being taped. If she had, she certainly would not have driven all the way across the front lawn to the door to deliver the small package.

 

According to resident Mark Anderson, who had installed a security camera to check on his disabled mother, the package in question weighed just two pounds, three ounces. “There was no meteorological” reason, he said, that she needed to get that close to his front door to deliver it.

 

Now that the video has more than half a million views on YouTube, Anderson is worried she might lose her job. “I don’t want someone to lose their job with the way things are these days, but she shouldn’t have done that,” he said.

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Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:08 | 4028307 Sudden Debt
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Same over here in Europe. Our postman always drive up to my mailbox with his Mercedes... yes mercedes... and sticks in my mail through his window. It's starting to piss me off because every time he takes off, his tires dig a hole in my lawn.
Also, there's a corner broken off from my marble wall around my yard and I'm sure that fucker hit it with his car. But I never thought about a camera... to bad it's forbidden to film people over here...

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:08 | 4028316 Gene Parmesan
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Do something about it.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:10 | 4028322 Stoploss
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What happened? I couldn't see anything due to a pink blob.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:14 | 4028329 Zer0head
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So SuddenDebt refers to the

"marble wall around my yard"

 

funniest comment in history on ZH

 

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:27 | 4028369 nope-1004
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Fat, lazy, unionized POS.  Wonder why we're broke?  FFS.

 

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:38 | 4028408 Xibalba
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You should see how the IRS does it

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:53 | 4028454 Stackers
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No "metorlogical" reasons -- just one gigantic gultomus maximus reason.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:57 | 4028458 WonderDawg
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So Honey Boo Boo's mom finally got a job?

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:09 | 4028494 ndotken
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The dude should have sold this video to FedEx rather than posting it on Youtube for nothing.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:19 | 4028523 Pure Evil
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As comic relief toward the end of the video I was hoping the package would explode showering the front porch with all types of colorful party streamers.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:41 | 4028560 The Big Ching-aso
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The Postgal Always Tears Up the Lawn Twice?

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 20:08 | 4028831 smlbizman
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......when do you think was the last time her "lawn" was tore up???????

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 20:19 | 4028853 akak
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That's not a lawn, it's an abandoned field full of crabgrass and one dead beaver.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 20:26 | 4028889 James_Cole
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Not sure this is exclusive to .gov workers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiTo13fPKVk

This is why having most people replaced by robots is really not that bad a thing..

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 21:14 | 4029008 nmewn
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"This is why having most people replaced by robots is really not that bad a thing.."

lol...lets just let that one rest right there...and simmer for a bit, for the frogs in the pot to appreciate.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 22:02 | 4029150 Clever Name
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I think the temperature's just about right!

Ahhhhh....

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 22:54 | 4029287 Manthong
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I don’t need to go to the post office often, but I do enjoy it when I do go.

It is like time is altered.. like in the Matrix when the Karate moves happen in slow-mo or when you are approaching the speed of light.

 I feel as if my life has been extended a bit.

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 06:30 | 4029690 GetZeeGold
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Because the mail never stops.

 

IT JUST KEEPS COMING AND COMING!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL6ubXD9ZjY

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 07:02 | 4029714 Oh regional Indian
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What I'd like to know is how much Grumman paid to supply those ugly trucks to the USPS on what seems liek a life time contract.

Given that they are an MIC company, I'm sure these trucks give no better than 2 mpg.

If the USPS, with it's defined route went electric.....

What if, eh?

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 07:55 | 4029757 kralizec
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I'd give them Fiskers or Teslas...  ;)

PS-I bet this she-whale hits a lot of drive-thru's too...I think I see a net drag on healthcare costs too.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 23:00 | 4029299 dogbreath
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amorphous lipid

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 01:29 | 4029530 fourchan
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patrick's mom.

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 04:14 | 4029632 chumbawamba
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In California, either nepotism amongst Asian postal workers has gone rampant, or the US has sold the USPS to the Chinese to repay part of the $2 trill we owe them.  Every post office I go to now is staffed with Asians of some sort.  It has nothing to do with their Asianness, just something I started noticing and confirmed by a recent visit to 5 different post offices in different cities across my region in one day.   However, it has everything to do with their rotten attitude, incompetence, inability to speak or sometimes comprehend the English language in a professional manner, and the fact that the chances of losing a letter or parcel in their system increase daily.  And then try to cash a money order of any size: more than half the time they claim they can't honor it, and we so sorry, come back later.  WTF?  That's check kiting, mother fuckers!

I can't see USPS lasting more than a couple more years whether the management actually does anything about it or not, or whether Congress intervenes.  The Post Office is quickly becoming irrelevant.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 06:29 | 4029693 PT
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What's that saying again?  You know, when you bought something cheap but then it breaks two days later.  And when you complain to someone, they say to you :

"WELL, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?  YOU ONLY GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!" 

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:40 | 4028411 Bad Attitude
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Wow, that video makes me especially grateful to have the postman I have! He is friendly, and he will walk to the front door to deliver packages. And, if he thinks someone might be home, he rings the door bell and waits.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 20:20 | 4028855 Rick Blaine
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Yeah, same here.

The post office near me is great.  They are all nice and have good personalities...and more importantly, they always have good music playing (100.7 KSLX) in their building.

Every time I'm in there, it's really, really hard for me not to tell the younger people working there that they aren't going to get the pensions/benefits they were promised.

...then again, if I did suggest that possibility to them, maybe they wouldn't be so nice to me...

 

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 01:18 | 4029515 financial apoca...
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he fuks your wife

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:54 | 4028451 Son of Loki
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PLEEEZE don't get me started on postal workers! My carrier is superb but some of the people behind the counter at the PO are so LAZY!

You would think you were asking them to walk 100 miles thru 120 degree desert in Iraq when you ask them to mail a couple of packages....

GOD FORBID they have to lift a finger for that $75,000-$80,000 a year median salary.

 

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 17:57 | 4028457 Stackers
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yep, my carrier is polite and always has a smile. ........ the chodes down at the office are another story all together

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 08:20 | 4029786 RKDS
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The difference between one post office and another can be like night and day.  I used to tolerate the one in Harrisburg.  They had one lady at the desk, probably in her 40s, who was always really helpful.  The other two were just like they were mad that they had to come to work and do stuff.  I've been running a very small mail online business and just getting a shipping receipt out of them was like pulling teeth.  Unfortunately, I think the former retired or got laid off and was replaced by a black guy with less attitude but more laziness than the two black women.  It was so bad that I just stopped mailing stuff from Harrisburg.  My local post office that I can only get to on Saturdays is pretty good.  One of the guys there looks a little burnt out but he still does his job better than anybody left in Harrisburg.  Also I've never had a problem with any USPS carrier, though I've had my share of beat up UPS/FedEx/DHL packages.  These are the people I try to think of when people talk about the post office.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:05 | 4028480 Bay of Pigs
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It took these Turds (USPS) 14 days to deliver a package (less than 5 lbs), from Maui to the mainland West Coast.

Cost me $40 for "priority" mail. WTF are we paying for anyway?

 

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:25 | 4028536 stacking12321
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i call BS on this!

$40 is for express mail 5lbs, not regular priority, from hawaii to mainland.

if they really did take 14 days, then you can get your money back, as express mail is a guaranteed service:

"This 1 or 2 day service includes tracking, proof of delivery, and insurance up to $100 with a money-back guarantee." -usps.com

if you really did use regular priority mail, then it didn't cost $40, it's $18.70 for 5 lbs if you printed the label online, or $11.30 if you fit it in a medium flat rate box.

 

 

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:36 | 4028556 Bay of Pigs
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Funny you ask about that. Thats what I said, but was told, "Sorry, you said priority and not express". No refund on priority, only express.

So they basically lied to my face when I mailed it. Charged me moar with lousier service. Simply outstanding.

And yes, it was $40 bucks. I have the receipt.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 21:32 | 4029055 stacking12321
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i'll take your word for it, but that's odd, sounds like they charged you for express but shipped it priority? i've never seen that happen and i ship a lot with usps.

i print my own shipping labels online, if you are talking about just priority, you could've printed the label online at usps.com and shipped it for under $19.

usually only parcel post can take 14 days; in my experience from CA to HI with priority i've had real good luck, usually 2 days.

 

 

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:40 | 4028581 Oldwood
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I have mailed letters "next day" at USPS. It took four days to deliver it forty miles. Turns out it takes the exact same route as all other mail except it is "guaranteed" which means if it doesn't make on time they refund the money. How many would go to the trouble of going to the post office to collect their refund if its a day late. Its just a joke and a scam. It would have been faster for me to hand deliver it given two trips to the post office and numerous phone calls. And look on the wall at the post office. They list everything they don't mail. Its a significant list. No wonder UPS and FEDEX do as well as they do with the government to compete against.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 20:24 | 4028877 FEDbuster
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I sell a bunch of stuff on FeEbay and use the USPS almost everytime.  Most (90%) of my 1st class packages are less than 12 oz, and get to their destination within 1-3 days.  I like being able to track them easily on FeEbay. 

I wonder if she checks her ass crack and other folds at the end of the day for small packages and letters?

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 21:38 | 4029077 pepperspray
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First Class parcels are a smokin deal

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:34 | 4028562 yabyum
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Bay, Watcho gettin' from Maui under five lbs?

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:38 | 4028570 Bay of Pigs
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Sent my Dad some mac nuts for his 92nd Birthday. It came a week late although I mailed it over a week early.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:55 | 4028622 akak
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It probably was sidetracked for extra scrutiny and X-ray analysis due to the suspicious nature of the contents and/or sender.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 20:24 | 4028887 FEDbuster
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The fact that you didn't use a flat rate priority box for $6 to $17. depending on size and paid $40. says alot.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 21:10 | 4028989 Bay of Pigs
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What part of this don't you get? That was the charge, $40 bucks. There wasn't any other option offered to me. WTF do you want me to say?

Not only were they not honest, they were rude when questioned about it.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 21:16 | 4029011 fonzannoon
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you have probably posted a thousand times on this site BOP and leave it to a post about mail to get your balls broken, lol.

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 04:44 | 4029647 leftcoastfool
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B of P:

I used to work on an outlying US territory in the Pacific and our mail came through Honolulu.  They would ROUTINELY lose our mail or send it to a different island (despite different zip codes!).  It sounds like one way or another you got ripped off: either they charged you way too much for Priority Mail or they owe you the money back from the guarantee for Express Mail.  Here's what I'd suggest - Take your receipt to the local Postmaster and try to get some satisfaction.  If that doesn't work go to the Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General's website at uspsoig.gov (they're currently down for the gub'mint shutdown!).  There you can report fraud, theft, and misconduct.  I used that site three or four times and they were surprisingly responsive.  Contact them - it's better than just letting this fester...

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 01:55 | 4029554 All Risk No Reward
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Be glad it arrived at all.  We've received packages with goods stolen from inside the package multiple times out of Hawaii.

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 04:45 | 4029648 leftcoastfool
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I had that happen on a package I sent from Seattle to Pennsylvania a few years back...

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 01:27 | 4033104 Abbie Normal
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Sounds about right if you used your own box instead of the flat rate ones.  That's the price of living in paradise.  And don't even get me started about those Parcel Select return shipping labels -- it takes 6-8 WEEKS to send something back to the vendors and when they receive it, some will deny a refund because it's past their 60-day return policy.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 18:32 | 4028552 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Nitpick regarding the article's title: no government money, "essential" or not, is spent on the post office. It is self funding, and if it wasn't required to prefund, decades in advance and in full, its future health care benefit payments to retirees, it would be operating at a profit.

But hey, congress loves to have slush funds to loot, especially when they can shift the blame for the losses to others. And the post office is such an easy target.

Having said that, I can't excuse this individual postal employee for practically turfing someone's lawn.

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 21:24 | 4029029 mcgoverntm
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Re: "no government money, "essential" or not, is spent on the post office."  That is true, as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough in explaining the USPS monopoly and what it means to US citiizens.

The USPS has a monopoly on delivering first-class US mail.  The rates are set by Congress.  The monopoly status was given to the USPS in a (liberal-fascist, expansionist) Supreme Court decision, but I challenge anyone to show me where the US Constitution gives the USPS a monopoly.  The US Constitution establishes the USPS, but says nothing beyond that.

So, it does not matter that ""no government money, "essential" or not, is spent on the post office" when citizens are forced by law to use the USPS for first-class mail and are forced to pay what the US Congress says they shall pay.

The packages delivered in this video may, or may not, have been first-class mail.  For other than first-class mail, there are other carriers available (UPS, Fedex).  But to say that ""no government money, "essential" or not, is spent on the post office" while formally true, is grossly misleading. 

Let's remove that supposedly-Constitutional monopoly and let the USPS charge whatever they want for their services.  How long do you think that they would last in the free market?

Sun, 10/06/2013 - 22:33 | 4029239 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Re: "no government money, "essential" or not, is spent on the post office."  That is true

Yep, and that's the point I was making.

as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough in explaining the USPS monopoly and what it means to US citiizens.

Well of course, it doesn't go anywhere at all in explaining that. Why would it? My comment addressed the title of the article.

So, it does not matter that ""no government money, "essential" or not, is spent on the post office"

It's the only thing that does matter. That was the whole point of my comment.

But to say that ""no government money, "essential" or not, is spent on the post office" while formally true, is grossly misleading.

What is misleading is your use of the logical fallacy known as a red herring. The government mandated monopoly that the post office has on first class mail has nothing to do with the title of this article nor my criticism of it.

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