please mr. postman

relaxing postal worker

I am losing confidence in the reliability of the mail. Four letters, including a check to Alex King, have been lost in the mail in the last month. Is this just happening to me, or is it a more widespread problem?


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5 Responses to “please mr. postman”

  1. 1 peterloudon
    May 7, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Happens in Africa all the time, Dan.

    • 2 matt
      May 9, 2014 at 12:06 am

      The lion ate the mail? lol, rough neighborhood.

      • 3 peterloudon
        May 9, 2014 at 5:11 am

        Here the lions eat the mail man!

      • May 9, 2014 at 8:16 am

        Then we must have lions in Illinois. Many years ago I read an article alleging that the Chicago post office is one of the worst in the nation, with examples of dumped mail, etc.

        On the other hand, I ordered new t-shirts and shorts on the Internet last Sunday, and 2 of 3 packages have arrived by Thursday — one by USPS and one by UPS. The lions aren’t everywhere, and fast and reliable delivery is possible if not guaranteed.

        One of my lost letters is to a government office in Alpine, 60 miles away, and it is still lost and unreturned. It seems another of my lost letters was misaddressed by the sender.Alex King’s lost check may be attributed to a landlady being negligent in getting him a mailbox key, but that check is still missing (and payment stopped at a cost of $25).

        So there are lots of possible explanations for so many things being lost in such a short period of time, and the fault may lie with a number of human mistakes — not just the post office.

      • 5 peterloudon
        May 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

        Dan, you are very kind to the USPS and it may be merited.

        Locally, our post office, on a national level, is a disaster. One year, over Christmas, a single sorting centre put 12 tons of post into the furnace at a power station to avoid working overtime to sort it. Gifts, pension cheques, etc. were all lost and it took months to sort out.

        Two years ago, in the space of three months, I had $4,000.00 worth of merchandise from Amazon stolen, all at the PO. Amazon, to their credit, replaced all of the goods at no extra cost to me. However, I simply don’t use the postal services at all, and have only tried using them recently in corresponding with Alex. As you know, that was an extremely slow process.

        Judging by our election result this week, we will soon revert to runners using cleft sticks, which will make the lion problem even bigger!!

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