I love our United States “Postal” Service.
Back on the 10th of this month, Kary over at Endeavor Stitch Works put my belt in the mail, with Priority service and delivery confirmation. As a reminder, Priority Mail packages “reach their destination in 2-3 days”, according to the USPS webpage and offices.
Well, today is the 16th – three full business days since the 10th, and five full calendar days, and I still do not have my package. Worse, the tracking number that was associated with my package had not been updated since the 10th… until last night, ’round about 2000, when I found that it had been “processed through sort facility”… at the city Kary mailed it from. The package had been, quite literally, sitting on its figurative ass for five full calendar days, until some dimwitted, unionized, unmotivated, uncaring “Postal” Service employee realized that he should probably do something about that.
In this particular case, it kind of falls under the “who cares?” category, but when examined as part of a whole this situation serves as not-so-mute testimony as to the mismanagement, ineffectiveness, waste, and inefficiency currently plaguing the USPS. There are no two ways around it – the USPS is a federally-enforced monopoly, and one that probably would not survive competition on the open market… and yet here we are, legally bound to use a company for “first class” mail when they cannot even sort out how to get “priority” mail from point A to point B in twice the time allotted.
In short, the USPS is your federal government, hard at work. Worried yet?