Postal Carrier Accused Of Trashing 1K Pieces Of Mail Because He Didn’t Feel Like Delivering Them

Postal Carrier Accused Of Trashing 1K Pieces Of Mail Because He Didn’t Feel Like Delivering Them

For someone who doesn’t work for the United States Postal Service, it would be annoying to stop every few feet and drop something off. But when you’re a mailman, that’s your job, annoying or not. One postal carrier is accused of dumping over a thousand letters and packages — just because it was a bother to actually deliver them. [More]


The USPS Spent $180,000 On An Empty Post Office Over Six Years

In case you haven’t heard, the United States Postal Service has been in some troubled financial waters in the last few years, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars it owes the government in payments to its employee pension system. And so the fact that it spent $180,000 on a closed post office for five years must, well, sting the agency a little bit. [More]

(CBS L.A.)

120,000 Pieces Of Mail Lost In Fiery Inferno After USPS Truck Collides With Another Semi

If your long lost lover lives near Orange County, California you might be waiting a little bit longer to finally hear from him/her. A U.S. Postal Truck carrying 120,000 pieces of mail went up in flames yesterday after two big rigs collided on the freeway. [More]

Americans Cling To The Idea Of The USPS’ Existence, But We Can’t Really Explain Why

Americans Cling To The Idea Of The USPS’ Existence, But We Can’t Really Explain Why

When the United States Postal Service floated the idea of taking away Saturday mail delivery, Americans basically gasped and yowled, “Noo! You can’t!” We love getting mail every day but Sunday, downright adore it, but… why? That’s a lot harder to explain. [More]


Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You: USPS Price Hike Brings Cost Of A First-Class Stamp To $0.49

Remember when it only cost a quarter to instantly get in touch with someone from a payphone? Then we all got nostalgic when the price started creeping up, until cell phones made that fond remembrance less of misty, water-colored memory. Now it costs almost two quarters to send a less-than-instant letter or card, with the new price of first-class stamps rising from $0.46 to $0.49. Kick in, nostalgia! [More]

Here’s How Your Kid Can Write To Santa Claus And Get A Response From The North Pole

Here’s How Your Kid Can Write To Santa Claus And Get A Response From The North Pole

Santa Claus is real, so that’s not up for debate. But because he is kind of devoted to email these days instead of old-fashioned letter writing, the United States Postal Service has decided to help out to make sure your kid can send a letter to Santa and get a personal snailmail response from the North Pole. [More]

Such sultriness, Lady Liberty.

Vegas Lady Liberty Sculptor Sues USPS Two Years After It Used The Wrong Image On Stamp

Two years ago the United States Postal Service admitted it made a huge mistake by issuing a “Forever” stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty. Not that Lady Liberty isn’t the perfect subject for a stamp, but because the agency used an image of a replica sculpture from a Las Vegas Casino. Back then it was all “shrug, everyone likes it so we’ll keep it.” Here is where what goes around appears to be coming around. [More]

The boy who lived is a Brit.

Not everyone is in love with the boy wizard: After the United States Postal Service unveiled its newest collection of stamps featuring characters from the Harry Potter movies, some collectors are ticked off. “Harry Potter is not American. It’s foreign, and it’s so blatantly commercial it’s off the charts,” said one. “The Postal Service knows what will sell, but that’s not what stamps ought to be about. Things that don’t sell so well are part of the American story.” [via the Washington Post]


Cash-Strapped USPS Gets Lucky With New Amazon Sunday Delivery

The United States Postal Service has been struggling to make money for some time now, but ho! What is that yonder, in the distance? Could it be a knight in shining armor, riding in to save this damsel in distress? And what is the male version of a damsel? Anyway, Amazon is rolling out Sunday package delivery and it’s granted USPS the contract to carry it out. [More]

Mail Carrier Decides The Best Way To Get To Customer’s Door Is To Drive Over The Front Yard

Mail Carrier Decides The Best Way To Get To Customer’s Door Is To Drive Over The Front Yard

Why walk somewhere when you can drive? That was apparently the thinking employed by a United States Postal Service worker who drove over a customer’s front yard instead of walking up to the home’s porch to deliver a small package. And the whole thing was of course, caught on video, or we’d be none the wiser. [More]


“Return To Sender” Less Likely If USPS Lets Customers Ship Booze Through The Mail

Sex sells, or so they say, but because that’s a bit trickier to ship through the mail, the United States Postal Service is instead looking to turn to booze as a moneymaker. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said he’s hoping to start delivering alcoholic beverages through the mail as a way to raise up to $50 million a year for the struggling USPS. [More]


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]

(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]


United States Postal Service Dropping Saturday Mail Delivery Starting Aug. 1

Your mailbox is going to feel a bit empty starting next summer, as the United States Postal Service is going to cut Saturday delivery  in a move designed to save the agency $2 billion a year. Partly because it didn’t want to continue waiting around for Congress to do something to help dig it out of its financial hole, beginning Aug. 1 the weekends will be mail-free, although packages will still be delivered on Saturdays. [More]


Cash-Strapped USPS Raising The Price Of A Stamp By A Penny Starting Sunday

It’s a brand new year but already the cash-strained United States Postal Service is showing that it’s feeling the financial heat that kept zapping it in 2012. Starting on Sunday, the price of a first-class stamp will go from $0.45 to $0.46 as we were warned last year. Post card stamps will also rise a penny to $0.33. Sure, it’s only a penny, but it’s a penny you don’t have to pay on Saturday that you do on Sunday. [More]


USPS Reaches The Limit Of $15 Billion Borrowed From Treasury, Is All Like, “Now What?”

We feel kind of bad for the U.S. Postal Service these days. Here it is, this important part of American life that has provided a service we relied on heavily for hundreds of years before the Internet, and here it is limping along broke and basically friendless. And now it’s borrowed all the money it’s allowed to, $15 billion, from the only place it’s allowed to borrow from, the U.S. Treasury. Sigh. [More]


Stock Up On Forever Stamps Right Now: USPS Increasing Stamp Prices By A Penny In 2013

In the midst of continuing struggles to fork over billions in defaulted payments, the United States Postal Service is tightening purse strings and generally doing anything it can to ride this budget problem out. An upcoming retrenchment will hit customers right where it hurts the most next year — the wallet. Stamps for letters will go up a penny to $0.46 starting Jan. 27, while postcard stamps will increase a cent to $0.33. [More]


USPS Defaults On Another $5.6 Billion Payment But Assures Customers It’ll Be Business As Usual

The United States Postal Service warned this would happen and it did — it defaulted on another $5.6 billion payment to its future retiree benefits account. It’s the second default by the agency in two months, and the USPS says it’s because Congress failed to act. Despite those woes, the USPS assures customers that business will go on as usual. [More]