Thursday, November 08, 2012

Post Office Piss Off


 
Our post office was closed today. With no warning. A letter was in my mailbox telling me it was closing effective today. Another letter from the post office enclosed a key to the new mail box, which, they told me, would be installed up next to the community hall. If there were problems or delays, service would be provided at another outport 25km away. A 50km round trip.

I was driving Emma home as it was raining and blustery and we rolled by the community hall on the way and there wasn't a mailbox in sight.

Typical, she said, outports have always been treated like they are third class passengers.

Many of our villagers, like Emma, don't have cars and there's no public transit. 50km is an unimaginable trip to collect a piece of mail or drop off a letter.

I asked our now ex-post master when the new mailboxes would arrive. No one had given him any information, he shrugged.

Thank you, Canada Post.

It's no wonder you are held in such contempt by those you profess to serve.

14 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I noticed you had re-read a Carol Sheild's book. I read them all about 4 years ago, when first I discovered her (behind the times?) and was so taken with her. Found a little biographical info and read of her untimly death. Still, a good life and a good body of work left behind. Glad you're her reader too.
    Texan

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  2. man, tha'ts awful. we're closing post offices here, too, though at least there is a lot of publicity about it.i do rmember when they took away the mailbox at the end of our street---it just disappeared overnight as though the rapture had happened. i was really outraged and i still feel bereft. every time something like that goes away (there is a mailbox 8 blocks from our house, so i guess they figured that was close enough), you lose something. a little foot traffic, a little sense of community. i hope your mailbox shows up soon.

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  3. That is terrible
    WWW.It seems now a days its a war on rural Canada.Lousy postal delivery if one gets it at all,school closures followed by busing 3 year olds 50 miles return to the nearest school.
    Despite political promises rural Canada is still badly served with technology and when served gouged by the hi-tech cartel that has been allowed to flourish here without any competition.

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  4. Bad deal, WWW! Even the Pony Express served the community better.

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  5. Hi Texan:

    She could do nothing wrong in my book. Wonderful writer.

    Nice to see another fan!

    XO
    WWW

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  6. Laurie:
    I really feel the post office services missed the boat when couriers became faster than mail and internet businesses soared.
    It is like they were sleeping at the switch, wrapped up tight in bureaucratic chains.
    Mail is still essential, particularly out here with web orders and business.
    XO
    WWW

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  7. GFB:
    You nailed it. It is beyond credence what they have done to people who choose to live ex-urban.
    XO
    WWW

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  8. T:
    Neither rain nor sleet....remember that phrase.
    I'm of the age where I remember twice a day delivery and Xmas day had morning delivery. As I said to Laurie above, they really snored when the world passed them by.
    XO
    WWW

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  9. Sounds like the Royal Mail of blessed memory. Be glad you have a (slightly) functioning service.

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  10. Yes, they're set on closing our local PO, also. There's a meeting next week to discuss it, but it won't make a sliver of difference. The 'powers that be' have already made up their minds. USPS has been losing money for years. As always, it's the fault of upper management. These things always are. The workers are squeezed into longer hours, less pay, less benefits, while those at the top live it up, do nothing to halt the decline (mainly because they're too ignorant and corrupt), and suddenly UPS and FedEx have snaffled ninety percent of their business while USPS execs were still on their third brandy.
    The Postal Service as an institution will have ceased to exist within a decade, or at best, the USPS cloak will hide a hard-bitten, profit-driven, corporate interior, with UPS and FedEx execs on the board. No doubt, Canada Post will follow suit.

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  11. Funny this Friko, I thought they were essential like police and fire service. Apparently not!
    Xo
    WWW

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  12. RJA:
    They bumbled their way into oblivion with those moronic bureacrats and guarding their perks at the top.
    It is such a crime and I'm sorry to hear of yours folding too.
    Yes, I'm sure UPS and Fedex are on it.
    XO
    WWW

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  13. SAW:
    It really is, I wish they had been more forward thinking and jumping on top of the "new" technology.
    XO
    WWW

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