Video: Knife-wielding man mistakes stamp kiosk for ATM, tries to rob woman inside post office

Here’s a story from last month that we hadn’t noticed until it showed up in the Boston Herald’s “offbeat news” column this morning:

A man tried to rob a woman at a stamp kiosk inside the post office in Muhlenberg Township, Pa., mistakenly thinking that she was at an ATM machine withdrawing money. She told him she had no cash, only stamps. He pulled a knife, but fled when a postal worker intervened. The cops found him hiding in a dumpster at a nearby business.

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Video: Store named ‘Goin’ Postal’ opens- in Royal Oak

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With the holiday rush, so many packages are ready to be shipped via the post office, UPS or Goin’ Postal – a new shipping center in Royal Oak. It just opened last Monday but that name – Goin’ Postal – is already causing controversy.

“There’s no positive way that I’ve really ever heard that term used,” says Roscoe Woods. He’s the president of the local American Postal Workers Union. He remembers that terrible day in 1991 when disgruntled former employee Tom McIlvane killed four people and wounded four more at the Royal Oak Post Office.

Read more: Store named ‘Goin’ Postal’ stirs bad memories in Royal Oak – Fox 2 News Headlines.

Video: Disgusting postal delivery causes huge stink

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — Shelli Tepe and her husband love their quaint Queen Creek neighborhood.

So when Shelli received an anonymous package in the mail recently she was blown away.

“I didn’t recognize the return address and there was kind of an intimidating message on the package,” she recalled.

And what was even more shocking what she found inside the box.

“We opened this, my daughter and I, and inside we get gorilla poop from poopsenders.com,” proclaimed Tepe.

Read more: Disgusting delivery causes huge stink | azfamily.com Phoenix.

USPS says blank space on receipt is a signature, denies insurance claim for missing computer

LINCOLN (CBS13) — Diane Jay thought she had taken every precaution.

Jay bought signature confirmation and insurance on the $1300 MacBook Pro she sold on eBay to a buyer in Berkeley.

But the buyer never got it, she said, and PayPal refunded the buyer in Berkeley his money, leaving Jay without her money or her laptop.

The signature delivery receipt doesn’t appear to show any signature on it, so Jay thought she’d get her insurance claim right away.

But the Postal Service denied her claim, saying the package was “delivered as addressed” — indicating the blank space on her receipt was in fact a signature.

Read more: Call Kurtis: USPS Claims Blank Space Is Signature Confirmation, Customer Says « CBS Sacramento.

Columnist: Remind me again- why did the USPS sponsor Lance?

In today’s New York Times columnist Gail Collins weighs in on the continuing saga of Lance Armstrong, asking what the point of the whole fiasco was in the first place:

Collins_New-articleInline-v2Let’s consider the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team. Between 1996 and 2004, our American mail system invested an estimated $40 million in this venture, in return for which Armstrong and his teammates rode around with the Postal Service insignia on their shirts.

This would be the same Postal Service that lost $16 billion last year, and I believe I speak for every stamp-buyer in the nation when I say: What?

The Armstrong heyday was back in the era when the Postal Service, having been spun off into a quasi-private enterprise, was having delusions of corporate grandeur. The era when it lost $8.3 million in a failed attempt to start a retail operation in the Mall of America. Its leaders liked the idea that “they could rub shoulders with other C.E.O.’s who were sponsoring sports activities,” said Ruth Goldway, the chairwoman of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Goldway was never a big fan of the postal service cycle team, although she felt it was a better marketing tool than some of the other ideas put into play, like “buying free tickets for postal employees to go to football games.” And, she said, she had some sympathy for Armstrong, “until I saw how he treated Sheryl Crow.”

Read more: The Point of Lance Armstrong – NYTimes.com.