(Closed) What’s the stupidest thing the Post office as told you/done to you?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The PO once returned a letter to me, 4 months after I mailed it, that was stamped “found in machine thought to be empty” . . . .

What really surprises me is that they actually have a STAMP for that statement.

Post # 18
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah… I put all my invites in Zip Code order… they told me that it was un necessary and threw them in a bin with all the other letters…

Then I found out that an invite got to my friend’s place 2 weeks after I mailed the invite. She lives 20 minutes away from me. 

They also returned a wedding invitation to me saying that the address was incorrect.  I talked to the person and it WAS the correct address!  So I had to use another stamp to send out the same invitation!

USPS is seriously going down hill… and you wonder why people do FedEx.

Post # 19
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Grrr.  I hate the post office.  I just shipped a box of wedding stuff back home.  First of all, the lady at the post office told me that she could not guarantee that the box would arrive within 10 business days, so I had to airmail it for $50 (!!).  Then she told me that I didn’t tape my box well enough and that, no, she didn’t have any tape.  Then once I decided to airmail, she decided this would be a good time to let me have the priority mail tape (that was sitting behind the counter the entire time).  So today when the box arrived at my parents’ house, it arrived completely ripped open.  The tape held just fine, but the box itself was completely demolished.  Luckily everything was still inside, b/c if the 100 seed envelopes that I cut, folded, and glued by hand were missing, then I really was going to go postal.  Hahaha.

Post # 20
38 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

Not Wedding Related, but I HATE their (lack of) payment system.  I found out the hard way, after standing in line behind approximately 8,412 people, that I cannot pay with either my credit or debit card because I have “See ID” written on the strip for the signature.  Evidently that is not acceptable.  But if I wanted to sign it in front of them then they could accept it.  Really?  REALLY?  I have an entire wallet full of identification including insurance cards, AAA card, library card, NEA membership card, my old college ID, and, oh yeah, my government-issued driver’s license with photo AND signature, but that was not good enough.  So basically it’s fine for me to book my entire DW/honeymoon online with my credit card, but it is completely unacceptable for me to purchase the $7.92 book of stamps in person with my debit card.  Yeesh.

Post # 21
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Once they told me my package was available for pick up…I go to the freakin PO then wait in the long line…”Ma’am, your package is still with the driver” HUh? how can that be it says it is available that is the box that is check…”Ma’am, the driver didn’t fill the form out correctly.” But he never knocked on my door to tell me the package was with him… I have been home alllll day! “Ma’am you can go catch him he is on the corner of dot and dot” WTF I have to go track down the post man! Are you kidding me? Yup that is what happend.

Post # 22
2206 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@missblueshoes: They have a stamp for that. Awesome.


I purchased cowboy stamps for the RSVPs to make Fiance happy. When I got home, I realized they were too big and would cover the address I had already written. When I went to return them, they said that they can accept no returns of stamps (totally unused sheets) because their computers don’t work that way. Sigh.

Amazingly, I was complaining about it to my dad, who isn’t the type to care about aesthetic issues, and he said, go use my CC and buy new ones. It will make you happy. Love my dad.

Post # 23
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club

I took a save the date to get weighed and find out the cost, and then sent it to myself on Wednesday.  I mailed all the rest on Thursday at the same post office (but I stuck these in the bin instead of giving it to the guy behind the counter).  Guests started getting theirs on Friday.  I didn’t get mine until a week later. 

Way to take forever post office.

Post # 24
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yikes – if it was just that they ran out, maybe I’d understand that, but the problem was that they were locked up and the clerk couldnt unlock them is more than absurd. 

I could tell dozens of stories about tattered and lost mail, but I think my most frustrating experience was when I had a postal worker argue that I couldn’t send a disk via media mail…then argued that media mail is only for books (which it is not) and told me I was thinking of library rate (also known as book rate, which IS only books). I finally just sent it first class, but I’m glad she was only a temp at my post office!!

I was so frustrated (especially since she was rude about it all) that I went home and printed out the rules online, but I decided not to go show it to her (I figured it wouldnt fix anything and would probably just make me more mad…) 


Post # 25
961 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our post office ran out of letter stamps.  ALL 44 CENT LETTER STAMPS!  In a major city, no less.  Ha.

Post # 26
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our company has a “tab” at the post office, and since our office is a block away, we walk over twice a day because we deal so much in certified mail. We were short like $1.20 the other day, and since I’m new, I didn’t know so I asked if they could just put it on our bill. The stupid guy at the window points to the recipient, who is some random debtor (the post office knows who we are/what we do — collection agency) and was like “How is this poor guy going to know who to bill when he gets this in the mail and it has a postage due bill?” I was like, um, duh, bill US, not him! He was one of those guys who thinks he is just so smart and smirks and takes 4 hrs to do a simple task and then tries to talk to you while he is doing it but he didn’t make any sense and was sort of condescending. Soooo annoying.

Reading these stories, is it any surprise that the entire US postal system operates in a deficit and is slowly dying out?

Post # 27
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have also had them tell me that they don’t have any stamps until the following day. They suggested I go to another post office. I just shook my head and went to the other post office. When I got there, the guy was also out of stamps and had to borrow them from the lady next to him.

I have also ordered something and they have sent it back to the company saying there is no such address. We have lived here for over 10 years. And the company had the correct address. They had to resend it and make the post office pay for the postage to resend it.

I think the carrier just didn’t feel like delivering any packages that day….

Post # 28
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh boy do I have a post office story, Not Wedding Related but . . . the post office basically gave me $500 and my dumb A$$ went back to alert them to their mistake. I was getting a money order for rent paid partially in cash and the rest via debit (my landlord takes forever to cash checks and the $1.50 had always been well worth it for me). They ended up giving me a moeny order but not actualy charging my card correctly. When I tried to be the good person and give them their money order back the stupid stupid stupid woman behind the counter messed up royal and ended up over charging me by $500 I can not tell you how pissed off I was she swore up and down it would be “credited” back to my account and the entire time I’m sitting there thinking it was my debit card, shouldn’t I just get the cash back because that’s how a debit card works. Sure enough the next day the money wasn’t in the account and the stupid woman behind the counter neglected to tell me it was her day off. Apparently the post office doesn’t work like the rest of the world because NO ONE could unlock her drawer to check if she was over. I actually started crying right there, it was christmas $500 was (is) huge and I just looked at the people behind the counter and said ok so you’re telling me the next time you guys mess up to the tune of $500 I shouldn’t return it? They finally had to call a manager to come from another branch because naturally there wasn’t one there and it took 3 days and I got my money back. They also agreed to pay any bank fees I might incure because of it, it was a total mess. Since then I now directly deposit my rent into my landlords bank account I found out legally he has to allow me to do that, lol!! The craziest part is even though this woman messed up so royally she still works there!

Post # 29
988 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@CorgiTales: Hahaha when I saw the title of the post I was going to post a story just like yours!

I have them weigh my invites they tell me its 80 sumthing cents then another lady tells the lady that was helping me to re check and it ends up being $1.05 k whatever no big deal. So I say ok give me 100 $1.05 postage stamps she says oh we sell them seperately, so I was like ok then obviously give me 100 $1 and 100 .5 stamps she looks at me like I just said something in another language then figures it out and says oh actually we don’t have any right now……uh WTF?! You couldn’t say that before you waisted my time?

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