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Call the Meadview post office BEFORE you go!

Yesterday I took a friend to the post office to mail a package and it was closed.   It was just before 5 pm and another resident came in.   He was carrying the notice to pick up something and he was there the SECOND time, only to find the window closed during posted hours.

So today I called — 564-2749 — was told they’d be open and YES, they were!

When I talked to Loretta before she banned me from the hardware store, she said that there were no packages to be picked up.   Clearly, that was NOT the case yesterday.

Rumors about the post office closing are going around, as the building is for sale, currently asking $375,000.

I also talked to a resident the other day who suggested that Loretta cut the hours in April NOT because of late mail delivery as she stated on her notice, but to make up for the $10 minimum wage that became effective 1/1/17.

Now THAT would explain why Loretta REFUSES to pay employees to sort mail AFTER 5 pm — despite reducing the business hours by 12 hours/week in April when she changed the opening times from 9 am to 11 am.

Or is she cooking the books to make the building APPEAR more profitable?

How much did Loretta pay her employees last year?   What kind of benefits do they get?

We need to increase postage to $1/letter to get mail service like DEVELOPED countries.

Congress needs to STOP subsidizing BUSINESSES at the expense of THE PEOPLE.

WSJ: Post office subsidizes Amazon package deliveries

Just when I thought I’d seen it all.   According to the Wall Street Journal article Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery:

… The U.S. Postal Service delivers the company’s boxes well below its own costs. Like an accelerant added to a fire, this subsidy is speeding up the collapse of traditional retailers in the U.S. and providing an unfair advantage for Amazon. …

… An April analysis from Citigroup estimates that if costs were fairly allocated, on average parcels would cost $1.46 more to deliver. It is as if every Amazon box comes with a dollar or two stapled to the packing slip—a gift card from Uncle Sam.

Amazon is big enough to take full advantage of “postal injection,” and that has tipped the scales in the internet giant’s favor. Select high-volume shippers are able to drop off presorted packages at the local Postal Service depot for “last mile” delivery at cut-rate prices. …

That’s the dreaded handoff by UPS or Fed Ex to the Kingman post office. 

And because Amazon is not capable of assigning separate shipping addresses for USPS v UPS / Fed Ex, packages are often returned as undeliverable.  It helps to add your box # to the zip code, such as 86444-0123, but doesn’t always work.

Additionally, I have to make a 20 mile round trip to the post office and waste at least an hour of my time!

And of course you never know WHEN the Meadview post office is open, as I wrote a couple weeks ago:

Meadview post office CLOSED while they sort mail

So there we go again.  The people suffer while the corporations get the free rides.

Not great …

And I think you couldn’t find a better example to prove that private business is NOT smarter or more efficient than the government operating the exact same business.   The Meadview post office is a contract station — a FOR PROFIT business.   And somehow it is not possible to sort the mail AFTER hours, even though Loretta just REDUCED the hours in April and the post office opens at 11 am instead of 9 am.    A 10-year old ought to be able to figure out that if the mail comes in late, you either sort late after closing or sort in the morning before opening.

Rocket science?
Or just enjoying the drama?

Loretta???

FYI, I have an Amazon business account, not Prime, since I get free 2 day shipping for orders over $45.  I had called them and requested that they NOT EVER ship through the post office and they had promised to make changes to my account settings.

A couple weeks later another package went to the post office (after showing as returned undeliverable in the tracking online) and I called Amazon again.  Was told that the last guy didn’t make any changes to my account and they promised to do it right this time.  They can’t guarantee that the post office will never get my package, but it’s less likely and they confirmed the changes by email. So far so good, but it’s only been a few weeks.  Don’t know whether they’ll do this for Prime customers too.

The post office is required to provide uniform price and quality?

… The post office has long had a legal monopoly to deliver first-class mail, or nonurgent letters. The exclusivity comes with a universal-service obligation—to provide for all Americans at uniform price and quality. This communication service helps knit this vast country together, and it’s the why the Postal Service exists. …

Is that a joke?

Not only do we not have any mail delivery to our houses, but I have to PAY for a PO box in Meadview because I don’t want one of those mail boxes by the side of the road on Pierce Ferry, literally MILES from my home.

I have no desire to have my identity and small packages left in the box stolen and to pick up larger packages in Meadview.  Or in Kingman, as has been the case at times.  Or at Canyon’s End, or wherever.

A few weeks ago no PO boxes were available — you could get on a waiting list.

Most Americans have NO clue what people in rural areas go through to get their mail.

And the people of Meadview are doing NOTHING to improve mail service — apparently they don’t mind making multiple trips to the post office to “maybe” be able to get their mail if it happens to be open.

Meadview post office CLOSED while they sort mail

Updated 6/29/17 after Loretta banned me from the hardware store.

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Just when I thought I’d seen it all.  Yesterday I made the 10 mile trip to the Meadview post office to mail a letter to Germany and I arrived around 4:30 pm:

 Notice at CLOSED post office window
Notice at CLOSED post office window

 

I was furious!    I’m so incredibly busy, have no time or money to waste and these idiots closed the post office to SORT MAIL!

I didn’t see the notice at first because someone was standing there and I asked why the post office was closed — could hear them working.  Nobody mentioned the notice, I said I just drove all the way from LMC to mail a letter and Ray told me:

Quit whining!

Who is the imbecile responsible for this IDIOTIC decision? [Sorry, Loretta, I thought the imbecile was at the Kingman post office.  When I mentioned the whining comment to Lorette, she replied that she’s tired of all that whining in Meadview.]

NOT JJ — as indicated on the note!!!

I just spoke with JJ for 11 minutes and according to her, carrier supervisor Sheri was in charge yesterday and she’s not back at work till Monday.

The reason for the late mail delivery:

They have to wait for ALL mail coming into Kingman before heading out to Meadview.

What CHANGED?   The mail used to arrive here around noon:

Previously they didn’t wait for “all” mail.

So, instead of not getting a few most likely NOT important letters, we don’t get ANY packages and we can’t mail items that need postage or drop off packages. 

There are people actually PAYING for priority and express mailings, but they can’t pick them up!

The geniuses in Mohave County … Is it the water, the air or are people really born that stupid?  [Sorry, Loretta, didn’t know it was YOU.]

I asked for a fax so I could submit my written complaint to the postmaster in writing.

According to JJ, their fax doesn’t work so well.  I’m under the impression that nobody could care less.

I asked for the postmaster’s name and JJ informed me that there is no postmaster, the position is vacant.

Whoever wasted an hour of my time and 20 miles on my truck with 4 miles on CRAPPY not maintained dirt roads ought to write me a check! [That would be Loreatta.]

Not to mention that I truly resent the notion that just because I live in Meadview, I have nothing important to do and could not possibly have IMPORTANT mail to pick up or send.

While I was at the post office yesterday a lady from LMC also needed postage and she was treated with the same INDIFFERENCE.

Instead of having them sort the mail AFTER they close at 5 pm or in the morning at 8 or 9 am (when they’re closed anyway because they don’t open till 11 am), they refuse to provide any services during posted business hours  while sorting mail.

WHY???


So I drove back to Meadview again today as JJ assured me that the post office was open.  I mailed my letter and then went to the hardware store to get a couple screws.  Loretta actually GAVE me the screws, wow.

And then I dared to ask about the post office. Loretta then admitted that SHE had ordered the post office closed and it had nothing to do with Kingman.  She never saw that notice on the window.

So Loretta explained that If they don’t get done sorting the mail by 5 pm, SHE has to do it and she possibly doesn’t get done till 8 pm.

She said that the feds want to close all the contract stations and that she doesn’t make (enough?) money on that post office.

Loretta was adamant that she could not afford to pay people to do the sorting while the post office is open. She told me that everybody could CALL the post office before driving to Meadview.  Can you believe this?

There are MANY reasons why people have to mail stuff TODAY and not TOMORROW.  A court case could be dismissed because a filing is not postmarked timely.    The IRS can assess a penalty.  We all know that the mail doesn’t go out today, but LEGALLY, it’s mailed when it’s post marked.

Just last April the Meadview post office changed the hours to open at 11 am instead of 9 am (I think it was 9). 

About the time I asked Loretta about the many hours she’s no longer paying employees because they’re closed in the morning and why she doesn’t just pay them to sort after 5 pm when they’re officially closed, she told me to leave the store and not come back.  Hmmmm, I really think THAT would be a solution.

So I tried to find a SOLUTION, but problem SOLVING isn’t wanted in Meadview.   Those imbeciles can only CREATE problems.

I’ve spent a TON of money at this hardware store when I was building (I was HUGE on supporting LOCAL businesses), spent quite a few thousand dollars there and then there were entire years when I bought nothing — and that story will be told another time.

I realize that many people in Meadview really have nothing else to do, but there ARE people doing business and the post office MUST be open during regular hours.

Personally I wouldn’t care if the post office was only open from 2 – 5 pm — as long as they’re open during their posted hours.  I don’t know why Loretta has such a bad attitude (again), many people told me that she’s done a 180 sometime after Trent left (she used to be so rude to people) and she’s been nice even to me in recent years.

What happened?

Why are so many people in Meadview such morons and they NEVER sit down with residents to actually SOLVE problems.

They kick people out, tell people to move if they don’t like it, etc.

So I’m going to submit my complaint to wherever it needs to go to FIX this unacceptable situation.

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