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  •  I don't doubt that there are inefficiencies and (2+ / 0-)
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    that there are often lines at the PO. I have experienced it also. But maybe they always needed more than 2 employees to man the counter or at least have extra employees there at certain times when business is usually higher.

    I have also waited in lines at department stores and grocery stores. The difference as I see it is not that people are not just as frustrated by lines at businesses, but that no one grumbles "damn inefficient businesses" when that happens but do grumble "damn inefficient government" when they have to wait at the PO. There seems to be a double standard.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:27:14 AM PST

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    •  it's not two employees behind 'the counter' (0+ / 0-)

      it's two employees behind the special counter set aside for packages
      the regular counter had at least 10 more employees

      this is just one example picked out at random but describes the normal way it always is. I don't think you can make a case that the post office is efficient

      when there is a long line in a department store it's noteable as being exceptional

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:37:30 AM PST

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      •  Not efficient? (4+ / 0-)

        I dump a little piece of paper into a metal box on a random street corner. For 46 cents, it's delivered across the country in two days.

        That's efficient.

      •  I don't often go to dept. stores, but recently (2+ / 0-)
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        did go on a couple of occasions. Both times, I had to wander around the store until I found a service counter that was open and then had to wait for 15 minutes or so for my turn. Whether that is usual or not, I do not know, but that has been my experience.

        Also, try finding someone to answer questions at many big box stores such as Home Depot or Lowe's. There may not be a huge line at the checkout but there are few employees on the floor to help.

        Again, I am sure there are inefficiencies but I rarely have had to wait at my local post office.

        You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

        by sewaneepat on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:43:29 AM PST

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