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

Fox 2 News Headlines

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.

Internet users not impressed by USPS anti-Internet commercial

The USPS has been running a TV commercial touting the safety and security of the US Mail, as compared to the dark and dangerous world of the Internet. Not surprisingly, Internet users don’t appear to be leaving the web in droves- a sampling of Twitter reactions follows the video. (Doesn’t anyone at the USPS see the irony in running ads like this one at the same time they’re telling Congress they don’t need all those post offices because people can buy stamps on the Internet using their credit card?)

USPS trying to convince people of the awesomeness of paper bills was sad.
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Just saw a USPS commercial encouraging businesses to send out paper invoices instead of electronic – r u freakin kidding me?
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When the usps is advertising that we want secure paper bills because you, ‘cant hack a fridge’ you know they are screwed.
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New USPS commercials almost look like they’re making fun of themselves.
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Really USPS, you might not want to say you’re better than email bc it can spread viruses. One word: anthrax.
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USPS is DOOMED. No one ever got anthrax or a physical bomb emailed to them. Your agency should be fired.
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USPS tells employees they're not allowed to campaign against service changes

The web site 21st Century Postal Worker has posted a copy of a letter from an unnamed USPS District Manager telling employees that they are not to “engage in campaigns for or against changes in mail service.” As examples of offending behavior, the letter says “Some of our Postal employees have written congressmen and senators”, and accuses them of misleading “community members on the costs, revenues and benefit of retaining their local Post Office”.

Gag Order

John Mica discusses Depends at yesterday’s hearing

Letter carrier helps child, gets fired

From NBC Philadelphia:

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Moorhead crazy lady’s house in Google Street View- look who’s parked in front!

Our most commented story on Friday was the one about the crazy lady in Moorhead MN who was incensed that the mailman didn’t come to her house at the same time every day, and wouldn’t ring her doorbell- among the comments posted on the Fargo Forum’s web site about this story, (most of which were along the lines of “why is this on your front page?”), was one that suggested checking out the lady’s address on Google Maps Street View. Guess who’s parked in front of the house?

Gingrich jumps on “Forever Stamp Folly” bandwagon

Yet another fringe theory about the sinister motives behind “Forever” stamps, this time from Newt Gingrich. Newt thinks “Forever” stamps are a new concept that will inevitably lead to bankruptcy and, of course, A TAXPAYER BAILOUT!! Apparently no one explained to Newt that Forever stamps have been around for several years now, and so far the USPS has been doing just fine, thank you, at least as far as its own operations are concerned. Without the $5.6 billion a year being siphoned off by Congress, it would have been running a profit. But that doesn’t fit Newt’s world view, so he makes up his own facts. “Union work rules” are of course to blame, although I’ve yet to see the “rule” that requires the USPS “to pay a large group of employees more than a million dollars a week to do nothing”. Neither has Newt, of course…

Post Office Bait and Switch

A new initiative by the U.S Postal Service that appears on the surface to be a good deal for customers is in fact setting the stage for bankruptcy and a future bailout of the Post Office with taxpayer money.

This week, U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue plans to announce that all future stamps sales will be so-called ‘forever stamps,’ which can still be used even if postage rates go up.

Anyone who has had to hunt around for 1 or 2 cent stamps to add to their old stamps after an increase may consider this good news.

However, consider the implications of this action. The Post Office is currently experiencing a severe budget deficit and has been unable to gain approval for a postal rate increase. In addition, they are threatening to stop delivering mail on Saturdays as a way to cut costs. As Peter Schiff astutely points out in this interview with The Daily Bell, the Post Office is trying to solve their short term revenue problems at the cost of even bigger problems down the road.

The Post Office will try to use any short term increase in sales from these forever stamps to solve their immediate fiscal problems. But if the Post Office is already having trouble operating at full capacity with current prices, imagine how difficult it will be to do so in five or ten years after inflation has pushed their costs up AND they are selling even fewer stamps because so many people already purchased them in the past.

In fact, this move is setting the stage for a future taxpayer bailout of the Post Office because it virtually guarantees its future bankruptcy.

The low price of stamps is not the reason why the Post Office is facing such huge deficits. The Post Office is seeking a 5.6% increase in the price of stamps despite an inflation rate of just 0.6%.

Instead, the Post Office is facing budget shortfalls because it is unwilling to engage in the necessary reform of its operations necessary in the modern economy.

As I discussed in To Save America, which is now out in an updated paperback version, the Post Office’s union work rules require it to pay a large group of employees more than a million dollars a week to do nothing. Instead of being able to lay off redundant workers, the Post Office (and by extension, every American who uses the mail) keeps them on salary through a program called ‘standby time.’

If the Post Office really wants to solve its fiscal challenges, it needs to engage in the difficult work of reforming its operating procedures, including its suffocating and costly union work rules like ‘standby time.’

Congress should block the Post Office from implementing this genuinely dumb move and force it to confront the true cause of its budget woes and implement real reform.

via Forever Stamp Folly – HUMAN EVENTS.