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FredRydr
October 11th, 2021, 06:09 AM
The USPS's major changes went into effect at the beginning of the month to cut costs. It must reduce expense when postmen do not make their rounds, for my neighbors and I have had no mail delivered since October 1st, notwithstanding the Informed Delivery system showing images of mail purported to be delivered each day. Apparently there are ~80 pieces of mail addressed to me in the pipeline, and the clog is growing. (Two Amazon parcels were placed into the mailbox next door. Guess what business is getting priority service.)

Anyone else?

https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP. ULApQtse3lNABPXN7drstQHaFS%26pid%3DApi&f=1

TSherbs
October 11th, 2021, 06:30 AM
Wow, that sucks, Fred. Here in Maine my service has been uninterrupted (semi-rural small town, but in the south, not the far north or downeast).

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guyy
October 11th, 2021, 06:40 AM
I have an incoming parcel from Santa Cruz, California that went off the radar on 1 October. I donít know if thatís due to the downgrading of first class mail service or if itís just one of their typical snags. Both maybe.

At any rate, all this has me wanting to send you even more mail. If youíd pm me your address, iíll send you a postcard.

jbb
October 11th, 2021, 06:45 AM
I'm really sorry to hear this. I have a P.O. Box so only seeing slight delays so far.

I just checked several Priority Mail packages I shipped from CA to the east coast in early October and those took the normal 3 days-ish amount of time....

jbb
October 11th, 2021, 07:04 AM
Fred: When I enter your address specifically, as if I'm sending you an Etsy, Priority Mail, order, I get the message "may arrive late" which I have not seen for any other order recently. :(

724Seney
October 11th, 2021, 07:59 AM
The USPS's major changes went into effect at the beginning of the month to cut costs. It must reduce expense when postmen do not make their rounds, for my neighbors and I have had no mail delivered since October 1st, notwithstanding the Informed Delivery system showing images of mail purported to be delivered each day. Apparently there are ~80 pieces of mail addressed to me in the pipeline, and the clog is growing. (Two Amazon parcels were placed into the mailbox next door. Guess what business is getting priority service.)

Anyone else?

https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP. ULApQtse3lNABPXN7drstQHaFS%26pid%3DApi&f=1

I'm still scratching my head over this one.
Effective October 1st their prices were increased and their services were decreased?
Maybe it is just me, but I find that rather counter-intuitive.

FredRydr
October 11th, 2021, 08:03 AM
I printed a postcard (no envelope to delay reading the message) addressed to the local postmaster with a concise statement and polite request. I applied postage and drove 5 miles to the post office to hand deliver across the counter. The door was locked. Closed for Columbus Day. <sigh!> So, I put it in the outside mailbox which will be emptied 2PM tomorrow, whereupon its contents will be shipped to the big sorting facility 14 miles away, and my postcard will finally return to my local postoffice the following day. Maybe.

FredRydr
October 11th, 2021, 08:06 AM
Fred: When I enter your address specifically, as if I'm sending you an Etsy, Priority Mail, order, I get the message "may arrive late" which I have not seen for any other order recently. :(
Whoa! Weird. Something's up that the big USPS computer knows about.

jbb
October 11th, 2021, 08:19 AM
Fred: When I enter your address specifically, as if I'm sending you an Etsy, Priority Mail, order, I get the message "may arrive late" which I have not seen for any other order recently. :(
Whoa! Weird. Something's up that the big USPS computer knows about.

I tried some of your neighbors addresses and get the same message. You are, apparently, under interdict.

TSherbs
October 11th, 2021, 09:19 AM
[QUOTE=FredRydr;339091][QUOTE=jbb;339085]Fred: . You are, apparently, under interdict.

What does that mean?



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jbb
October 11th, 2021, 09:27 AM
[QUOTE=FredRydr;339091][QUOTE=jbb;339085]Fred: . You are, apparently, under interdict.

What does that mean?

An interdict is an authoritative prohibition.....and it has churchy connotations [...an interdict is an ecclesiastical censure, or ban that prohibits persons, certain active Church individuals or groups from participating in certain rites...] It was an (apparently unsuccessful) attempt at humor. :smash:

grainweevil
October 11th, 2021, 09:48 AM
I'm still scratching my head over this one.
Effective October 1st their prices were increased and their services were decreased?
Maybe it is just me, but I find that rather counter-intuitive.

They probably saw how well it was working for the Royal Mail and decided to get in on the act. :(

TSherbs
October 11th, 2021, 09:57 AM
An interdict is an authoritative prohibition.....and it has churchy connotations [...an interdict is an ecclesiastical censure, or ban that prohibits persons, certain active Church individuals or groups from participating in certain rites...] It was an (apparently unsuccessful) attempt at humor. :smash:

Ha! I appreciate the attempt. Sadly, it was lost on my ignorance.

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Jon Szanto
October 11th, 2021, 11:09 AM
Fred, I am so sorry to hear this. I keep waiting to notice a degradation in our mail service but it seems about as it always has. The part I hate is that the people who will bear the brunt of people's unhappiness are the workers who don't make these decisions in the first place. They are victims in it, as are we. I have always had great service and rapport with our local postal people and I'm really baffled why DeJoy has not been canned with extreme prejudice.

FredRydr
October 11th, 2021, 12:46 PM
...I tried some of your neighbors addresses and get the same message. You are, apparently, under interdict.
Thanks. Well, there is a banner hanging by the post office entrance that reads, "NOW HIRING." Alas, the entire delivery route is under double secret interdict.*





*Apologies to Dean Wormer.

guyy
October 11th, 2021, 05:06 PM
I have always had great service and rapport with our local postal people and I'm really baffled why DeJoy has not been canned with extreme prejudice.

Heís out there operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable postal conduct. And he is still in Washington, running the postal service.

TSherbs
October 11th, 2021, 05:38 PM
I have always had great service and rapport with our local postal people and I'm really baffled why DeJoy has not been canned with extreme prejudice.

Heís out there operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable postal conduct. And he is still in Washington, running the postal service.Can Biden not dump him?

FredRydr
October 12th, 2021, 06:18 AM
Can Biden not dump him?
Based on precedent so far, legal opinions vary whether the president can fire the CEO of the USPS, or only its board can do so. The answer would come when it happens and if the federal courts are asked to weigh in. IMHO, drastic fiscal measures have to be taken, with first priority being basic reliable first class mail delivery of correspondence available to all. Parcels, stuff, advertising, junk mail should pay its way.

Meanwhile, it seems I'm unlucky enough to be in a particularly problematic post office, which it turns out has been the subject of reporting by the regional TV news and newspapers. Based on past observation, personnel don't last long here; the delivery route my house is on has had a revolving door of mailmen/women over the past couple of years.

jbb
October 12th, 2021, 06:31 AM
...Meanwhile, it seems I'm unlucky enough to be in a particularly problematic post office, which it turns out has been the subject of reporting by the regional TV news and newspapers. Based on past observation, personnel don't last long here; the delivery route my house is on has had a revolving door of mailmen/women over the past couple of years.

Do you think those postal carriers take one look at the stream of handwritten, sealing-wax-sealed, snail mail flooding your mailbox and just quit?????? :bad:

VertOlive
October 17th, 2021, 02:04 PM
Iím pretty remote- an island in the Gulf of Mexico- and our Mail service hasnít changed. I even received two packages from China in under 2 weeks yesterday. My mailman tells me he enjoys looking at my odd variety of incoming mail as a novelty for his day.

Iím guessing itís local issues?

whichwatch
October 17th, 2021, 05:50 PM
As I read this, I am feeling very lucky, although sad for a number of you having trouble.

I haven't noticed any change in my mail service - in a small town in suburban Columbus, OH. I know many of the local USPS people personally (a benefit of small town living) and they all try to do a really good job here.

But in general, almost any monopoly or almost-monopoly service usually manages to provide declining levels of service over time.

welch
October 20th, 2021, 07:57 AM
Delivery is still OK in my neighborhood in NYC. We've lived in the same apartment for seventeen years, and the same woman delivers our mail. Of course, it looks like the Dejoy plan is to dump unprofitable service, meaning delivery to places with fewer people. And, of course, the US Post Office was created to deliver mail everywhere, regardless of whether any particular post office or route made money.

Ron Z
October 20th, 2021, 09:15 AM
Sounds like grounds for a law suit, for violating the USPS charter.

FredRydr
December 24th, 2021, 03:24 PM
Things seem to be improving.

66012

An old bloke
December 24th, 2021, 03:47 PM
Things seem to be improving.

66012

The 1950s. I'ts a safe bet that almost everyone of those 'posites' was wearing a military uniform during the second half of the 1940s. Bless them.

Happy Christmas everyone.

FredRydr
December 29th, 2021, 12:20 PM
The 1950s....
Eh? That was taken last week on the steps of the local post office after a job fair.

Cyril
January 4th, 2022, 01:05 PM
Things seem to be improving.

66012

The 1950s. I'ts a safe bet that almost everyone of those 'posites' was wearing a military uniform during the second half of the 1940s. Bless them.

Happy Christmas everyone.

Wow!! We missed all the part of golden era! The technology has done lot of changes to that time segment and now we are all depending on the "cloud services "
I really missed sending and receiving mails now a days...

Chip
January 8th, 2022, 10:48 PM
We have a rural contract carrier, with delivery on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Some of our mail has been lost (bills). We've also had letters arrive in our box which were addressed to someone else (a power bill mailed from Cheyenne, WY to South Dakota). I've also had a Christmas parcel returned twice for weird infractions.

It wasn't this bad before the Trumpist bugger took over, and screwed it up on purpose.