My Post Office Stacks Mailed Packages On Lobby Floor, Shrugs

My Post Office Stacks Mailed Packages On Lobby Floor, Shrugs

Reader C. visited the post office recently, and what he saw upset him. The good news was that his post office was doing brisk business. It was early in the morning still, but it received a lot of packages. The bad news was that these packages were piled on the floor in the lobby. [More]

Were These Gift Cards Stolen, Or Gobbled By The Mail-Sorting Machine?

Were These Gift Cards Stolen, Or Gobbled By The Mail-Sorting Machine?

We were very sad to read about a family in St. Louis who opened up a Christmas card from Grandma only to find $350 in Walmart gift cards missing. The victim took his story to the local news, assuming that the cards had been stolen at some point after mailing. That’s certainly possible, since human beings are terrible. There’s another possibility, though. [More]

(Jenna Belle)

Insider Holiday Mailing Advice From A U.S. Postal Service Worker

The United States Postal Service shared some useful holiday mailing tips with us a few weeks ago, with some sensible suggestions to help you get your packages to their destinations faster and with a minimum of fuss. An anonymous postal worker complimented that list, but told us that she had some additions of her own: insights that can only come from behind the counter.  [More]

Postal Worker Pleads Guilty To Stealing $450,000 Worth Of Mailed Jewelry

Postal Worker Pleads Guilty To Stealing $450,000 Worth Of Mailed Jewelry

Pawn shops in the Cash America chain sent packages including precious jewelry to a repair and refurbishment center Fort Worth, Texas, but starting in 2011, many packages never reached their destination. Why was that? It took a two-year investigation to find the culprit, a worker at a processing and distribution center in North Texas. He pleaded guilty this week in federal court. [More]

(WBZ)

Ashes Found: NH Man Won’t Spend Eternity In Bowels Of Postal System

While relaxing in his favorite fishing spot in Key West, Florida, a New Hampshire man told his wife that this was his idea of heaven on earth, and he wanted to have his ashes spread there. He died suddenly earlier this year, and his widow tried to follow his wishes. [More]

This Is Why You Probably Shouldn’t Mail Your Loved One’s Ashes

This Is Why You Probably Shouldn’t Mail Your Loved One’s Ashes

Do you trust the United States Postal Service? How much? Would you trust them with important documents? Valuable jewelry? How about the cremated remains of your spouse? A New Hampshire woman wanted to get her husband’s ashes to his daughter in Florida so she could spread them at his favorite fishing spot in Key West. Instead, he’s lost somewhere in the postal system. [More]

(Venerata Noce di Cocco)

Greeting Card Industry Wants To Save USPS From Itself, More Rate Hikes

The greeting card industry has a vested interest in the survival of the United States Postal Service. We might use a private first-class mail delivery service to send cards if the USPS cut back on service or disappeared, but probably wouldn’t. That’s why they, along with the magazine and catalog industries, say that another rate hike isn’t the solution. [More]

(So Cal Metro)

USPS Gets Express Mail Package To Post Office At 11:45, Says ‘Good Enough’

U.S. Postal Service Express Mail carries a guarantee: your package will arrive by noon the next day after it’s accepted at the post office, depending on what time you hand it over to a clerk in person. Okay. The problem, as Consumerist readers have learned, comes in when your package arrives late and you actually try to cash in this guarantee. [More]

US Postal Service Ships Cover, Forgets My Magazine

US Postal Service Ships Cover, Forgets My Magazine

Thom’s copy of The Economist got separated from its cover. That’s very sad. We have to give the Post Office an A+ for effort, though: they made sure he received evidence that there was ann Economist that week. They delivered the least useful part of the magazine, because that’s the part that had his address printed on it. [More]

(Great Beyond)

U.S. Government Sues Lance Armstrong To Get Post Office Sponsorship Money Back

In the years since the the United States Postal Service sponsored Lance Armstrong’s multiple Tour de France victories, the USPS has fallen into a serious financial crisis, and Armstrong has been exposed as a doping cheater and/or cheating dope. This chain of events has an obvious solution: why doesn’t the government sue Armstrong’s management and get that sponsorship money back? [More]

(Victori∀)

USPS Grants Saturday Mail Delivery A Stay Of Execution After All

Break out the high fives and order the cake — the United States Postal Service says it won’t be killing off Saturday mail delivery. At least, it’s not going to do that anytime soon. The agency had threatened to stop the service out of budgetary concerns, the main concern being that it doesn’t have much cash. [More]

Where did they go?

Is The USPS More Likely To Lose Boxes Emblazoned With The Word ‘Atheist’?

Here’s something odd. Would you think that packages would get lost more or less often according to the brand on the box or the words on their packaging? That shouldn’t be the case. A German company that sells handmade, minimalist shoes, did a cool branding thing and uses tape with the company’s name printed on it to seal their shipping boxes. That company’s name? “Atheist.” They noticed that a lot of packages sent to the United States were significantly delayed, and wondered why that was. So they conducted an experiment. That experiment proved that if you want a package to get lost, brand it with the word “ATHEIST.” [More]

(Great Beyond)

Rallies Supporting Saturday Mail Delivery Held Nationwide, But Are They Pointless?

Last week, Congress passed a budget bill that keeps the federal government going until the end of the federal budget year on September 30, and averts the scary and inconvenient consequences of a government shutdown. That’s good. There’s an interesting provision, though: like past budget bills, it specifically says that the U.S. Postal service can’t cut back on mail delivery, which it had planned to do in August. Oops. But while groups of letter carriers and supporters held rallies nationwide yesterday, has the crisis been averted? Yes. No. We’re not really sure. [More]

Apparently My Mailman Doesn’t Feel The Slot Marked “Letters” Works For Delivering Mail

Where does the mail go?

Kristin has lived in her L.A. apartment for five years, but as long as she’s lived there she’s never been confronted with the kind of sassiness she’s just been confronted with on the part of the United States Postal Service. She tells Consumerist her apartment is part of a four-plex with no locked lobby, and her door has a clearly marked, obviously quite old mail slot marked “letters.” What could possibly go in there? [More]

Poor package.

UPS SurePost Gets Package To My Door Four Days Late, Smushed

“There’s a reason the USPS is going bankrupt, and it’s because of their shoddy customer service,” read a subject line in our tips mailbox. Jeremy’s package, shipped UPS, got handed off to the U.S. Postal Service, and at some point things went very wrong. UPS SurePost is that company’s answer to FedEx SmartPost: a service that uses the private companies’ systems to get packages from the sender to sort of near their destinations, then depends on the U.S. Postal Service to travel the last leg to your doorstep. [More]

(The Consumerist)

Postal Service Launching Clothing Line Because The Mailman Is The Epitome Of Style

For all those times you sat by the window, admiring the mailman’s way with long shorts and tall socks, the United States Postal Service is here for you, finally. The agency announced it’s looking for new ways to make money while it struggles financially, and that includes a new clothing line it’s planning. [More]

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Post Office Announces End Of Saturday Delivery, 63% Of Americans Shrug

Despite the fact that some Netflix DVD subscribers will be put out, a new Gallup poll shows that for the most part, Americans are in favor of the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to terminate Saturday mail delivery. The survey showed that 63% of Americans are in favor of ending Saturday mail as a way for the USPS to help fix its financial woes. [More]

The Sad Truth Is That You Can’t Return Postal Kiosk Stamps

The Sad Truth Is That You Can’t Return Postal Kiosk Stamps

You can’t take back stamps. This seems like it would be an obvious thing, but it actually isn’t. Dave was sending an Express Mail package across the country, and used a flat-rate envelope. He bought a regular Express Mail stamp at a post office kiosk, the Automated Postal Center. This combination meant that the envelope, which had needed to be in Seattle the next day, ended up returned to him like he hadn’t put postage on it at all. [More]