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Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:18 PM

 

Is your town having troubles with mail delivery?

Our town in New Jersey has residents that have mail not delivered for days at a time. Billing statements are not received in a timely manner. Not even junk mail gets delivered... who doesn't get junk mail. Residents were told to call the local post office between 8:30 and 9:30 to register their complaints. But no one answers the phone.

There was a segment on ABC news yesterday about a similar problem in the Bronx.

The question is, whether this is a local or widespread problem. If widespread, what to do about it.

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Reply Is your town having troubles with mail delivery? (Original post)
Hoppy Feb 2014 OP
FSogol Feb 2014 #1
smokey nj Feb 2014 #2
WinkyDink Feb 2014 #24
smokey nj Feb 2014 #26
WinkyDink Feb 2014 #29
JustAnotherGen Feb 2014 #3
gollygee Feb 2014 #4
wryter2000 Feb 2014 #5
Arkansas Granny Feb 2014 #6
DebJ Feb 2014 #7
northoftheborder Feb 2014 #8
2pooped2pop Feb 2014 #10
northoftheborder Feb 2014 #17
2pooped2pop Feb 2014 #18
upaloopa Feb 2014 #9
dipsydoodle Feb 2014 #11
joe_sixpack Feb 2014 #12
sinkingfeeling Feb 2014 #13
Le Taz Hot Feb 2014 #14
LumosMaxima Feb 2014 #15
stuckinodi Feb 2014 #16
TroglodyteScholar Feb 2014 #19
moondust Feb 2014 #20
bigwillq Feb 2014 #21
PCIntern Feb 2014 #22
WinkyDink Feb 2014 #23
reformist2 Feb 2014 #25
HeiressofBickworth Feb 2014 #27
Brigid Feb 2014 #28
Holly_Hobby Feb 2014 #30

Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:20 PM

1. No problems in No. VA. n/t

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:20 PM

2. No problems with mail here in Bayonne.

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Response to smokey nj (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:21 PM

24. I *heart* Bayonne! BEST pizza ever! My Grandparents used to live on Toidy-Toid Street!

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #24)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:34 PM

26. Bayonne pizza is AWESOME! Even the mediocre stuff is pretty damned good.

My husband was born and raised in Brooklyn and he agrees.

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Response to smokey nj (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 22, 2014, 07:54 AM

29. :-)

 

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:21 PM

3. What town are you in?

I'm in Flemington. We just bought our house out there in October - but I don't think we've had any issues. Only issue is we have a mail slot on our front doors and my husband wasn't looking behind the screen door on the left door - for packages. But the mail (letters/envelopes) is on the living room entryway floor every day but Sunday.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:34 PM

4. Only when there's been crazy amounts of snow

otherwise it's been fine.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:36 PM

5. Welcome to DU

Hi!

I haven't heard of anything like that in the SF Bay Area, although my latest check from Harlequin took an extra week and a half to get to me.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:36 PM

6. Funny you should ask.

I haven't had any problems with my personal mail, but this letter appeared in our local newspaper yesterday.

http://swtimes.com/opinion/how-you-see-it/letters-missing-mail-costing-money


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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:37 PM

7. I've noticed that over the past several months, we NEVER get mail on Mondays.

The truck goes by, but for some reason, never mail on Monday, then TONS on Tuesdays.
Thought maybe the carrier might be doing every other house to save some time or something, LOL.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:40 PM

8. I think I'm getting all my mail; but our carrier does not have a postal mail truck, carries....

....our neighborhood mail in his trunk, and he doesn't have a uniform. I would feel more confident if it was all in an official truck.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:43 PM

10. u have a rural carrier

 

they are employed by the post office just like the city carriers. It is usually more cost effective to have them supply their own vehicle because the route usually is high milage.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 05:59 PM

17. you might be right, but...

....this is an apartment complex in a large subdivision; it is outside the city limits, but in the ETJ, not rural. Our postal carrier used to have a truck until sometime last year. But perhaps he is delivering to our apartments as adjacent to the rural area that is nearby, I hadn't thought of that.

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 06:56 PM

18. many of the rural routes have complexes on them

 

They are usually determined by distance from the post office and how many boxes are average per square mile. Once it's classified as a rural route, they usually stay classified as that even as civilization moves in and builds apartments on the route. Most rural carriers use their own vehicle or buy old postal vehicles, but some with shorter distances are assigned postal vehicles.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:41 PM

9. Did your mayor support Christie?

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:45 PM

11. No problems in the UK.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 03:56 PM

12. Short staffed

Post office has an autocratic, top down management system. People at the top who never set foot on a workroom floor, see computer programs that say the organization is over staffed. The districts shout down for managers to abolish and revert positions. Managers who honestly say they can't afford to lose more people, are yelled at some more. It's pretty bad in some areas. Overtime and grievance pay outs are sky high. Delayed mail is getting so crazy, that one of the unions is conducting their own investigation.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 04:06 PM

13. None at all. Completely happy with my mail service.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 04:11 PM

14. There are some days I don't get any mail and I KNOW

I'm supposed to get at least some. There are weeks I don't get the grocery store circulars and I KNOW they've sent them out. I think there are days when they just dump those somewhere.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 04:50 PM

15. Yes, it's happening in my town, too. nt

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 05:36 PM

16. No First Class mail All Week

Got some junk mail. Now I'm worried! (Dayton, OH)

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:01 PM

19. I have a lot more "no mail" days in the past few months...

Seems like they're delivering every other day or something, even though I know that can't be true.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:05 PM

20. Cost-cutting consolidation of post offices

in the recent past has made my mail arrive later in the day because the carriers have a heavier load/more stops, but it's still reliable as ever. My town's post office was combined with the larger town next door.

The weather may be causing delays as well.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:06 PM

21. Not that I am aware of (nt)

 

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:16 PM

22. Horrible business mail deliveries in Center City Philly...

some days it comes at 7 PM

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:17 PM

23. No problems. Eastern PA. I'm skeptical.

 

Call me crazy!

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:22 PM

25. My mailman takes Wednesdays off.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 07:41 PM

27. Small town north of Seattle

No problems here. I went to the post office this afternoon -- small building built in 1967 (LBJ's name on the plaque- just happened to catch my eye). Two-person counter, one person already being served; I walked right up to the second postal worker. My mail at home is delivered by a postal worker, in uniform. He parks his USPS truck down the street and does the street on foot. The mail is here by 2:00 six days a week. Pretty darned good service, if you ask me.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 08:02 PM

28. Other than too much junk mail . . .

No.

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Response to Hoppy (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2014, 08:04 AM

30. Awful delivery here in NW Ohio

My regular mail man always delivers, but when he's off, which is 1 or 2 days/week, we don't get anything, which happened about 3 times in 21 years at this address in the past. This has been going on for 6 months or so. Something ain't right.

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