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Sun Dec 13, 2020, 08:14 PM

USPS very slow with long delays

I have packages arriving that are 10+ days late, and outgoing packages that have either not been scanned in after 7 days, scanned in and sit for 4+ days in the same post office, or scanned and sent for sorting and sit there for a week already.

I'm guessing the removal of the sorting machines is meeting increased package volume this holiday season because so many people are cocooned at home and ordering online. I've never seen this type of logjam.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 08:16 PM

1. Hopefully Biden will be able to get rid of dejoy

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 08:17 PM

3. They came thru with the mail in ballots deluge... I'm okay w Xmas delays.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 08:20 PM

4. Thanks Donald...

You fucking fat piece of shit

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 08:25 PM

5. "They shoulda been nicer to me!"

I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that this is all just petty vengeance by Dim Don and Dirtball DeJoy.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 08:26 PM

6. Ditto. A stamp order placed Nov. 22 just arrived Friday.

Other packages have been delayed 10+ days. There is a lot of misdelivered mail (though this is not an entirely recent development).

Sorry that you are having problems.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 08:27 PM

7. Sent a package to Cleveland from Pittsburgh...was supposed to arrive December 5th...never arrived.

Tracking says it made it to Cleveland but now they do not know where it is.

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Response to Freedomofspeech (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 08:37 PM

8. A previous postmistess would track down lost packages

She seemed to indicate they moved by bins. She'd be on the computer, and have an answer in a few hours. I had a package sent to CA or NM, can't really remember, but in 2 days I had a call from the receiving post office and they had found it.

I'm not seeing that level of service today. They reassure me all packages scanned and sent onward. So where is my package that's not scanned?

I had one lost last year. One post office doesn't scan media mail, they just push them onward. So performance varies depending on the policies of local post offices.

There is an online complaint form, but it only forwards the complaint to the delivering post office. And they will call you, same day. But they are no help with mail caught in limbo somewhere.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 09:02 PM

9. Thanks for that info!

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 09:27 PM

10. GOP wants the USPS to fail

just like it wants Medicare to fail. Any time a Gv't program does a good job their philosophy looks bad.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 09:28 PM

11. The sorting machines "decommissioned" were not for packages. We are in a pandemic, even Amazon

and UPS are running slow.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 09:33 PM

12. Yes, but without the machines labor is needed elsewhere, away from packages

Also, even earlier in the year, there were local personnel shortages from the pandemic. Some offices were only open a couple hours, five days a week as they split personnel between them.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 09:43 PM

13. At time sorting machines were removed we had over twice the number needed.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 09:44 PM

14. Problems because of covid plus Xmas plus lack of planning

The problem with the post office is the lack of staff due to covid and the seismic change in shopping habits due to covid. Management failing to hire properly when things became obvious last spring. Suddenly, their lack of planing for this eventuality has become an emergency. The wheels are starting to come off. There are long time carriers that are just giving up and walking off the job after weeks of working 12+ hour days without any days off due to lack of substitute carriers. You have to really feel bad for the rural craft carriers that still have Amazon in their offices because they do not normally get overtime for all the extra hours they work beyond the evaluations of their routes. They only get OT for the 3 weeks right before Xmas even though it has been gangbusters since covid began.
New employees come in the door only to quit after a few days after they see what they are up against. It has never been this bad, ever.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 10:58 PM

16. YEP

I sent a package with 2 day delivery and it has been 10 days and it still has not been delivered. I just keep getting this Alert sign when I log into the tracking number. This is a a real mess.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 02:33 PM

17. Had a chat with USPS guy, and he seemed

like a supervisor because he was instructing the postmaster how to do something, but he said they are swamped with package volume, not only because of the holiday season, and because pandemic people order online, but because families are staying home for the holidays and sending packages instead. He said they're working down the volume, much of it stored in bins, and scans are either delayed or some are stored in the cloud.

So that's what's happening with USPS slow mail.

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