Thursday, September 10, 2009

Postal Fail


What's the point in the Civil Service Exam system if it doesn't weed out people who can't read? I'm assuming they can't read anyway, because this is not the first clearly-labeled photograph to be bent to fit into our mailbox. He could have simply left it standing up in our mailbox (we have the kind that's mounted to the front wall of the house that opens on the top.) Sure, some of it would have stuck out, but it wouldn't have been bent.

Instead the mail carrier chose to make a "junk mail taco" using the photo as a shell to protect the weekly delivery of grocery store adds. Also, how did the envelope get that gaping tear on the top left corner?

Just before New Years, Nick's Australian aunt, Lisa, mailed us a beautiful calendar featuring Australian landscapes. In its sturdy photo mailer, it safely made the 15,000 mile odyssey from the Land Down Under to our front door; at which point it was bent in half in order to fit through the mail slot in our old apartment. Nice. The envelope it was in was so strong, you would need to break it over your knee to get it to fold in half; clearly the sender had intended for the calendar to arrive flat. It doesn't fit in the slot, yet, somehow the mail must be delivered.


This is another picture of crumpled mail, sent to us from Jo Ellen in June. Perhaps if she wrote "Do Not Crumple" instead of do not fold, she'd have better luck.

6 comments:

Kev and Chels said...

Aww..I'm speechless, even though this has happened to me before too.

Jenn said...

Oh my goodness! That's just wrong!!!!!

Heidi said...

I HATE St. Louis postal service.

sarah said...

Thanks for helping me realize my good fortune.

Jo Ellen/Toots said...

Not that it will help, but I sent a complaint to the USPS--with a request for an e-mail response. I'll forward it to you when I get it. and next time I sent you something that shouldn't be bent, I'll address the "Don't bend" label to the mail carrier--and perhaps draw little pictures, e.g., a bent envelope in a circle with a slash through it. I'll keep trying. Love, Toots

Rita said...

Hilarious. You almost made me cry from laughing so hard!