Originally Posted by PennyCentury
I admit I'm confused by US Postal Service. A 4" x 5" x 12" post office box costs $ 42.00 per year. This means that I must pick up my mail at the Post Office, saving the letter carrier from driving round my place to deposit the postal goodies in a mailbox. The folks who elect to have a mailbox (subject to getting plowed, or baseball-batted into oblivion) incur no charge. I believe that the USPS has got it backward. Anyone agree?
Why do you have a box? I'm not aware the USPS offer free mailboxes. Here all boxes are paid. I might think that residents in some rural areas who live on routes with few or distant homes are offered or given them in exchange for home delivery. The USPS' reasoning is costs. It's cheaper to offer or provide boxes than pay a contract carrier to deliver the mail. Otherwise, if you want one, you pay the annual charge.
Somewhere there should be rule defining the criteria. After all they're the government. Especially the USPS. They're the government (management) and a union (customer service, mail staff and carriers). I have friends in the USPS (union) and I when standing in line I often have to correct people about their misconceptions of the USPS.
Never blame the workers, they're following management decisions. Whether it's the number of customer service folks, the hours of operation, the carrier routes, etc. No doubt they have excellent benefits, but it's all hard earned and well deserved. And in many areas the USPS has reduced union worker with contract carriers.
Anyway, that's my thoughts. Anything more can be said over a pitcher at a good Irish pub.