(Closed) Can I please have one more USPS rant?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Hi Sweeney – sorry you went through it and sorry I found it somewhat entertaining.

If you want I will buy the stamps from you! I need to buy them anyway….not sure how much it will be to send it to me…..

Post # 5
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Sweeney, I laugh not in mockery, but in sympathy.

I once ordered product (shipping boxes; the free USPS materials) through them, and they never showed up…I called to complain, and the girl told me (honest truth, I swear!) "Oh, they must have gotten lost in the mail."  And she said this with all seriousness.  (And then she wouldn’t take an order from me to send more boxes…I had to go online and order them agan.)

I managed to extract from her that she was not an actual USPS employee.  Now, this was several years back, so that policy may have changed, but they obviously haven’t gotten any more helpful. 

As a general tip, I’d start out the whole wedding mailing process by taking a sample of your STD/invite to your local PO and asking them to check it over/confirm postage costs and while you’re there ask them oh-so-sweetly, "Do you guys have a direct number to this branch?  Could I get that from you?"  It’s never listed in the phone book or online. 

Post # 6
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385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Post office phone numbers (local branches) are listed in the government section of the phone book.

Post # 7
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113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

All the numbers near my zip code are listed online on usps.gov.   You just need to click into "More info" under the branch listing.

Post # 9
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33 posts
Newbee

That cracks me up – my USPS beef you ask….

I called the same 800 number to get the number for one of the local branches.  Before I drove there, I wanted to make sure that they actually had the heart stamps because the first branch I went to didn’t sell them.  Conversation went like so:

"Can I have the number to the branch at this address?"

"Can I ask why you need it?"

"I want to check and see if they have a certain stamp available?" (Insert puzzled and confused brow-furrowing by me)

 "I’m sorry ma’am.  I’m not allowed to give out the branch numbers unless it’s related to a passport."

"Weird.  But okay.bye"

FH asked me why I didn’t tell her then that it was for a passport.  I was so shocked at being asked WHY I wanted the number in the first place that I couldn’t think of anything to say after that except weird.  Weird. 

Post # 11
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Newbee

I was actually waiting for that as I was reading yours.  I was thoroughly disappointed that you didn’t get shot down too!  It might have ended better for you if you did!

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