2010-08-20 / Letters

P.O. Your Days Are Numbered

Dear Editor,

I know you have addressed this issue too many times but it has gotten to the point that the Post Office is making living in Rockaway a nightmare instead of a paradise. I live in this town for many years, and the problem with receiving somebody else’s mail or not receiving it at all, never changes. There is always somebody to blame - the postman, the machines, missing information in the address (which is not true because I have been receiving mail at the same address from the same origin for years, and the address is complete with apartment number since day one), that the regular delivery person is sick and the substitutes are changed all the time… bla, bla, bla..

I wonder if the regular mailperson is the only one who knows how to read. Why would the fact that there is a different person delivering the mail affect proper delivery. Or maybe these people don’t care to lose their jobs when people like me get fed up and reduce the use of the Post Office.

Due to all these problems I switched to receive mail via Internet, but for the magazines and newspapers, for which I pay, I have no other choice other than to use the Post Office. This is a federal agency and they will put you in jail if you mess with the mail, but of course not if you work for them.

I spoke with the mailman today. His answer was that the regular person had an accident and different people are doing her job. When I said that is not an excuse, his answer was: “You are not the only one.” What a relief!!!! I thought they have something against me!

The truth is that as a member of the board in my building I am receiving complaints all the time about problems with mail delivery. I have complained on several occasions to the supervisor at the office on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. He takes notes and nothing is solved. Many other times I have tried to talk to him but he is not there, and I was told he won’t come back until three hours later or the next day. They also refused to give me a written copy of my complaint and sent me to the main branch to talk with the Post Master. So what happened? Who has the time to spend getting aggravated with incompetent people, who will take you nowhere? Of course you let it go, but I think that enough is enough. Maybe you have some suggestions as how to proceed.

NORMA ALLENDE

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